NEW TiVo Search

Discussion in 'TiVo Search Feedback - Beta Release (Archive)' started by davezatz, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. erwos

    erwos New Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    IMHO, the core GUI's almost complete non-use of HD resolutions is a problem that needed to be fixed. This is a very good first step, from what I've seen. If they can tackle the speed issues, they'll be totally on the right path.
  2. Mr Flippant

    Mr Flippant Regular User

    Jan 2, 2009
    I've tried it and like the HD interface. I really like the episode and cast member listing. Another good feature is the general subject and sub-topic listing. For instance entering "foot" will display Football then below that College Football, NFL Football etc... Then each sub-topic has episodes within.

    I was really hoping that this would be the time for Netflix searches to be on the Tivo side. Unfortunately not. Movies even in my Watch Instantly list were not included in the search, instead I am given an option to buy it from Amazon. I hope Netflix listings would be added. Netflix should see this as an opportunity for exposure.

    Lastly I am hoping it will speed up some as well. Had a few instances of the "Please Wait" dialog popup where I began to think I was going to have to restart the box. Also when I explored the Amazon interface and then selected to not buy the movie I got kicked out ofthe beta search altogether losing my search string.
  3. Mindflux

    Mindflux TiVowned

    Jan 16, 2008
    How'd you like it if your keyboard with on your desktop changed on a whim?

    It's desirable so I always know that "D" is always the farthest right character at the top. Yes I can use my eyes to distinguish when it's not.. but uniformity would lead to accelerated use of the search functions and wishlists and so on and so forth. Either that or give us full IR keyboard support.
  4. puffdaddy

    puffdaddy Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    I believe that the "network remote" listener (that TiVo first added in software version 9.1 to provide Crestron support) provides the ability to enter keyboard keystrokes. This would approximate full IR keyboard support.
  5. chrisph

    chrisph New Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I really want to like this, but, unlike other posters' experiences, my response time is not quick at all.

    There seems to be a several second lag (4 - 8 seconds) after every button push.

    I am hoping this gets worked out soon, as I really want to try this out.
  6. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I will try this out later, but no matter how it works, I can say that I love that they are finally taking advantage of the 16:9 screen.
  7. TiivoDog

    TiivoDog FIOS Fast!!!

    Feb 14, 2007
    Central PA
    I really like the new search and prefer it to Swivel Search, which I also thought was a quality enhancement. The page layout is quite good and I really like how content is linked/mapped to the search, as well as the flow for one to record or rent/buy via Amazon - I would like to see other purchasing avenues incorporated, such as Netflix and others as more content provider relationships are forged. Also, no unnecessary lag time reported here - maybe it's related to my speedy Internet provider :)

    Thus far, I think this was pretty well done and I am looking forward to this being blessed as a production application - now, just give me my damn 'widgets' per the posts(s) I have over on the Suggestion Avenue Forum!!!!!!!!
  8. dmbpj

    dmbpj New Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    I look forward to trying this tonight, but from reading, I too wish they would add Netflix along with Amazon.
  9. JohnBrowning

    JohnBrowning Member

    Jul 15, 2004
    Plano, TX
    Real keyboard support would be good. I'd like to see the option of a cellphone T9W input mode! That would be much quicker than the current style.
  10. TolloNodre

    TolloNodre En Fuego

    Nov 3, 2007
    Well, the keyboard on my phone, laptop, Mac and work computer are all different. So I guess I learn to adapt.

    But if your vision is an issue I could certainly see where uniformity would be a high priority. Hence why I asked.
  11. thehepcat

    thehepcat Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    I'm happy with the new search. definite improvement over the existing search.
  12. Scyber

    Scyber Former ReplayTV User

    Apr 25, 2002
    I like it. I never used the old search too much, but this new search might get me to use it more. It would be great to see netflix content their too (with the ability to add it to my instant queue).

    I did have an issue trying to setup a season pass for the new season of 24. It bounced me back out to the Music, Photos, & Showcases menu when I selected season pass.
  13. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    The opposite of mid-day?

    'Forgot the workd was round, did you? :D
  14. dmbpj

    dmbpj New Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    this is going so slow for me
  15. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    All of those keyboards probably have largely the same format: QWERTY. Most other devices that have full keyboards (and even some that don't) use that same basic format.

    Consistency is a basic precept of good user interface design. That's why it's puzzling that a company that is known for it's UI is all over the place with it's text entry UI.
  16. Mindflux

    Mindflux TiVowned

    Jan 16, 2008
  17. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I just tried this out. While I can't speak for the reliability of the search function (I only tried a few search terms), I LOVE the new interface and the functionality!
  18. dmbpj

    dmbpj New Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    I like the interface, but the sluggishness is terrible
  19. yunlin12

    yunlin12 Tivonation Citizen

    Mar 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Very cool, just found out Joss Whedon appeared in a Veronica Mars episode.
  20. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I LOVE this new interface. The navigation was smooth, the information sensibly organized, and it looked great.

    A few problems though:
    1. The first 4-5 times I tried to use it, selecting "TiVo Search Beta" did nothing. It sat for a few minutes, then I went back to the main menu. After that, it worked fine again. I WAS doing a guide update call at the same time, though I don't know if that's related or not.

    2. The interface was lagging occasionally in response time by about 2-3 seconds at first. I navigated around, and it worked OK, but sometimes lagged. However, I went out to the main menu and did some other stuff, then went back in to search, and it was all of a sudden much speedier - every keypress reacted with the same speed as in the normal TiVo interface.

    3. When going to YouTube through a search result, YouTube was REALLY slow, with a lag of 10 seconds at least on keypresses. I have no idea if this is because I went there through TiVo Search or not, but YouTube has not been that slow for me before.

    4. After coming back to TiVo Search from YouTube after interrupting the video halfway through, the video stayed on the screen as the background in TiVo Search - search still worked, but it had the YouTube video as a background instead of the regular background. Only way I could get rid of it was going to main menu and back.

    A few minor distractions, overall I think this is a great interface! I LOVE the episode guides, and the way the UI lets you pick seasons, for example.

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