TiVo Hydra/Gen4 User Interface reviews and comments thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Mikeguy, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. krkaufman

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  2. LoadStar

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    I finally bit the bullet and switched. I haven't read the thread, but my initial thoughts: contrast and readability is a huge issue. You can help things a bit by turning off the background graphics behind "My shows," and switching the Home Screen video from Background to Top Right (or off)... but those are two small things.

    There needs to be a global preference that lets you adjust translucency in the interface, such as the Mini Guide, Info, etc. I personally find most of those screens nearly unreadable at the current translucency level. I would prefer an option to make these opaque, even if that means obscuring the video behind. (You're rarely paying attention to the video when you're looking at those screens anyway.)

    The grid guide also needs improved contrast. It's all shades of gray that tend to blur together. For example, when you have a program selected/highlighted, I'd use black (or at the very least, dark gray) text on a white (or at least very, very light gray) background. White text on a light gray background doesn't have nearly enough contrast. The column and row headings also should be a different background from the rest of the grid.

    If I, a middle-aged person with reasonably good eyesight, thinks that there needs improved contrast, I can't imagine what those who have somewhat more impaired eyesight think. Personally, I'd recommend an "Improve contrast" option in the preferences, that toggles some of these settings.
     
  3. JoeKustra

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    I agree. I wonder how the test televisions are calibrated and what viewing environment TiVo and their test people use. My eyesight isn't good, but when I switch between TE3 and TE4 on the same TV it makes me question what they were looking at during their testing.
     
  4. LoadStar

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    Sorry if I'm smeeking... but how do you view what the other tuners are doing now? I can't find that in the new interface.

    Edit: never mind, figured it out, push right on the directional pad.
     
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    still happens on mine...
     
  6. JoeKustra

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    It's possible there is some sequence needed that we haven't found. Your directions seem complete, so it may be a configuration setting. I'm on your side, since when in the guide on a Mini, and I hit Slow to kill the video window, the video goes away but the audio remains.
     
  7. mrizzo80

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    I think the "Hit SELECT to try tuning this channel again" SDV functionality is broken. If I tune away from the SDV channel that won't come in and then manually type in the channel number, it pulls it in successfully.
     
  8. Gene Olson

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    As you can see from my Logo, I have owned a lot of TiVos over the years. Bought my first one in 2000. I recently "upgraded" to Hydra. Perhaps I am just an old guy, but I find the new TiVo experience jarring and unpleasant. My wife absolutely hates it. After upgrading one of our TiVos she vigorously refused to consider doing it on another one.

    I'm guessing this is just follow the leader. Newer isn't always better. How many kids are still using cable/ It's us old people who haven't pulled the plug. After switching to the new interface, pulling the plug looks better and better every day.

    Personally, I wish I had never switched. I hope this isn't the future of TiVo. If this is, more TiVo isn't in my future.
     
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  9. Mikeguy

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    Do note that you easily can retrograde your Hydra box back to its earlier UI--TiVo made that possible. The one caveat being, you will lose the recordings on your box. (If you want to save them, transfer them to another TiVo box or your PC first--you can transfer them back after. An easy-to-use freeware transfer software: pyTivo Desktop -- pyTivo Desktop -- Easier to use pyTivo.
     
  10. jdm5

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    +1 on everything; hated it, wife hated it and made me immediately switch back.
     
  11. jroysdon

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    So I didn't read 51 pages of posts on this thread, but I went through a handful of them and used search. So, sorry if this has been answered. Where has thumbs gone? Suddenly my Roamio OTA is recording a ton of stuff I don't want, have never wanted or watched, and it won't stop. Before, I always corrected this behavior by just doing a triple thumbs down, delete the show, and it never is recorded again.

    The interface sucks so bad, I can't seem to find a way to mass-delete a dozen of these shows other than having to delete one at a time. I'm really kicking myself for not going online and looking at what people were saying.

    About the only thing I can see to do from my reading is do a factory reset. Yeah, not too thrilled with that option. I'd rather buy another Roamio OTA (been flirting with that idea it), and then factory reset the original (can we move content between them?). My wife and I really need a "his" and "hers" Tivo, and Tivo still can't figure out how to track things per family members (like if one member watched a show and is done but others haven't, or thumbs a show, quotas, etc.) - but this issue isn't related to that, because neither of us like anything related to what Tivo is now filling our Suggestions up with.
     
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  12. jroysdon

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    Does it keep all the metadata for recorded shows and OnePasses and thumbs?
     
  13. JoeKustra

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    Noted. See -> May 1 update records more junk suggestions

    For now, turn off suggestions.
     
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  15. Mikeguy

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    I haven't searched this thread yet but just wanted to say what we've experienced:

    For who knows what reason, it has been deleting shows...but nothing appears in the Recently Deleted folder. I know recordings were there because I saw them--and hubby and I sat down to watch the Survivor finale last week and watched the two-hour show then I wanted to watch the reunion show and he didn't. We came back to it a few days later and it was just GONE. Not in deleted, just gone. I thought maybe it hadn't recorded but we both saw it there. I had like six eps of Ellen (it records daily) but today? None. And none in deleted. Sesame Street? Was there, now gone. Not ONE SINGLE show we have set to record is actually there. I checked online and it doesn't make sense - it says a show was recorded at 7pm then deleted at 7pm. And I didn't touch anything. Even if it somehow borked the KUID settings, there should still be ONE show there...plus they should all be in the deleted folder.

    This is useless.

    Also, I am trying to move all our 1Ps to another networked Tivo so I don't lose them when I downgrade and it's just simply not working (or is taking so long it seems like it's not working). I am going to have to reenter them one by one. GRRR.
     
  17. Mikeguy

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    How full is your TiVo box? If full/close to full, could it be deleting the shows and then immediately using the space for new shows (and so, the old shows wouldn't show in the deleted folder)?
     
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  18. aaronwt

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    Use kmttg to back up your One Passes. You can restore them to a new TiVo or another TiVo in a minute or two with around 100 Season Passes.
     
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  19. sushikitten

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    Brand spanking new to us [refurb] box.
     
  20. sushikitten

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    I will look into this for future.
     

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