Sezmi UI >>>>>>> Tivo UI

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tombonneau, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    I know, it's really a shame as that was my impression. The Sezmi could have had a more intuitive arrangement with a few menu items, but as far as spit & polish, the UI was light years ahead of TiVo, which is just embarrassing for a company like TiVo.
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    But only one is still around.
  3. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    Just because Sezmi had a poor business model and strategy doesn't mean they can't have developed a superior UI to TiVo. Their demise had nothing to do with their user interface.

    And you'd think for a company like Tivo that bleeds subs every quarter they'd be actively developing their platform/UI to combat churn.
  4. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    sezmi's demise was its geographical limitations. who the hell releases a product that can go national only in a few markets? plain stupid.

    i looked at sezmi when it was announced, went to the site, asked me for my address, then it said it wasnt available in my market.

    really? not available in the biggest entertainment market in the country? not available in the NYC market!?!?! stupid. they deserve to go belly up.

    p.s, dave, what was the reason for limiting it to markets?
  5. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

    Apr 18, 2002
    Fairfax, VA
    One of their initial features was to transmit pay "cable" channels over the air (in addition to OTA tuning and online content) with the idea they'd release first or only in those markets. But licensing that free spectrum around the country is both a huge and pricey endeavor. As are the content relationships. I assume that's why they started in just one market. USDTV failed with a similar approach. It also didn't help their cause that the OTA cable was SD. They should have gone with a simpler approach but were too early for a true over-the-top play (in addition to OTA DVR)... they got started in 2007 or earlier.

    Incidentally, my writing partner Mari and I spoke and met with their executives on a few occasions and each time we asked how they intended to market this thing and find success given the complexity - they never seemed to understand the fear we had for them. We're just small time bloggers, what do we know. ;) Although their agency did quote us in some advertisement.

    Edit: I should add that direct-to-consumers was only one aspect of their business. They were also trying to sell the solution to telcos who could then offer triple plays and such, like ZillionTV also tried to do (and backed by Qwest). And it sounds like they'll continue to try and make inroads with providers here and abroad, but it's all over as far as I'm concerned.
  6. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Yes, it absolutely still works for manual recording. I've done it. The guide doesn't list program info, it just lists each channel with an entry for each hour. I navigate to it and hit record this show. So I can even schedule in advance.
  7. Rich_Guy

    Rich_Guy New Member

    Sep 30, 2011
    I am new here, I also was a pilot Sezmi tester and have had Sezmi since about Oct 2009. I really liked Sezmi and as others have said I also think the UI was far better than Tivo's, much better looking and nicer to navigate.

    My Sezmi still seems to be working, although I am not sure for how long.

    As an original pilot tester my Sezmi cost me much less than the regular costs. I have used Sezmi about two years my toal cost to Sezmi was only $259.91.

    I paid $99.99 for the equipment after my pilot tester discount and I only paid for 8 months of premium monthly payments of $19.99 ($159.92). I had the premium service for about 14 months and then 10 months of basic service after Sezmi discontinued their premium services. Sezmi's premium services included basic cable channels while Sezmi's basic service is only what is received OTA. I was not charged for the basic service nor my first 6 months of premium service. I was also given $150.00 of free VOD downloads for this past year and now unlimited free downloads to use from the Sezmi cancellation announcement until the end of October. I also used Sezmi for 6 months before Sezmi charged me anything. I think Sezmi has been very good to me.

    I just bought a new Tivo XL Premiere with lifetime service and paid a discounted rate of $649.98 and have just connected it today. I liked the Sezmi much more.

    I will see what good the Sezmi box continues to be before I disconnect it or get rid of it. I will definitely miss Sezmi and especially will miss Sezmi's much nicer user interface (UI).

    Sezmi was originally competing with cable TV services, I think they should have changed their marketing and instead should have been competing with Tivo.

    Well I am now a new Tivo member but I will miss Sezmi.

    Update: I edited my post as my Sezmi is still working fine so far. It is still recording and the guide, live TV still work so far.
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Again, can you please give SPECIFIC examples of what Sezmi does better (for things where they overlap, i.e. recording TV channels)?

    I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm very curious.
  9. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Several months ago when Sezmi closed up shop, they emailed me saying they would be buying back my equipment. So far I haven't heard anything else and have not been reimbursed. Anyone get their refund?
  10. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
  11. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    I bought mine within the required time period and was told by Sezmi that I was eligible. But I have not received my promised refund.
  12. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    I finally got my sezmi refund check today!

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