TiVo User Interface - Dated?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by GarySargent, Aug 13, 2004.

What do you think of TiVo's user interface?

  1. Only just got TiVo - Love the interface

    11 vote(s)
  2. Only just got TiVo - The interface is OK

    15 vote(s)
  3. Only just got TiVo - Don't like the interface

    2 vote(s)
  4. Had TiVo ages - Still love the interface

    86 vote(s)
  5. Had TiVo ages - The interface is OK

    117 vote(s)
  6. Had TiVo ages - Loved it once, not as keen now

    29 vote(s)
  7. Had TiVo ages - Never liked the interface

    4 vote(s)
  1. jeremy Parsons

    jeremy Parsons Very Advanced Member

    Jan 6, 2002


    I have Windows MCE , My Dad has SKY$+ and I have Tivo , Tivo used to be irritating with Big disks , however the upgrade of my tivo's to Cachecard has resolved this and yes I agree its slightly dated now compared to MCE but not as much as you might think , MCE does allow a mini viewing window when working on other areas. However the interface is still better than most of the other DVR's and since those of us on cable have Tivo or Nothing I will take Tivo. In Terms of upgrades the Media Streaming is the area that I believe tivo really lags in the UK
  2. Andy Davies

    Andy Davies New Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    It's OK but I find the sliding menu's annoying...
  3. cyril

    cyril Active Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    London UK
    Well when I used to have 1.5 terabytes of stuff it wasn't too bad to find something as long as you recorded one channel per TiVo :)
    Our current UK TiVos are limited to a measly 400gb per unit anyway.

    TiVoweb helps a lot in organising and re-naming stuff.

    Obviously US and Japanese Sony TiVos have got folders and sort facilities for a long time now, and when we get our Version 5 UK HDTiVo with terabytes of storage in 2009/2010/2011 a much slicker sophisticated UI is definitely needed, along with a search facility in Now Playing.

    EDIT: each TiVo is limited to 800Gb now, with 1TB a possibility
  4. manolan

    manolan New Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    A number of comments there that I think really hit the nail on the head.

    The TiVo interface is very clear and consistent (although actually less so since 2.5 when they added so many more options). If only most computer programs could be as good.

    Graphically it may look a bit last century, but that's only a small part of the story to me. You can have the prettiest interface in the world but it may not be the most usable.

    I still think the TiVo GUI is one of the product's great strengths. Does that mean they should stand on their laurels? No, of course not. And there is a lot of sense in the comment about managing huge program archives (don't have one myself). But they shouldn't fiddle with it just because it looks a bit dated.
  5. woody

    woody New Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Somerset. UK


    Tivo's interace may be old, but it's a tried and tested one, that we all have got use to, and could probably navigate it blindfolded.

    Even if Tivo wasn't a functional recorder, it makes the sky digibox useable.

    As was mentioned above in a post about quicken, it's a nightmare when software firms make changes, it means spending ages trying to work out how to do something again.

    I say leave it alone.
  6. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

    Dec 29, 2001
    Sounds like today's thread Why must the guide be accessed via live tv?, which got a response from TiVoOpsMgr.
  7. iankb

    iankb New Member

    Oct 9, 2000
    Reading, UK
    Oh goody. Another option that, if implemented, will make our old UK model even more outdated. :rolleyes: ;)
  8. Tiny Clanger

    Tiny Clanger Eater Of Pies

    Jan 10, 2002
    West Sussex, UK
    I would be happier with the TiVo interface if there was a faster CPU behind it. Granted, I have various hacks running, but three seconds between pressing TiVo and playback stopping is three seconds too long. Taking over ten seconds to show Now Playing is way too long, even if I do have 120Gb.

    Sadly, I don't think you can realistically overclock a TiVo - and I don't think I'd want to take the risk, even if you could :)

    (Would CacheCard help here? Not that I can afford to go buying anything at the moment, mind...)
  9. pahunt

    pahunt Active Member

    Apr 7, 2003
    Yes :)
  10. Heuer

    Heuer New Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    This is all a bit like arguing which make of diesel to put in your car .

    Is the GUI fit for purpose? If so why change it? And why does 'new' seem to imply it will be better?

    It works so leave it alone. Ditto this site!
  11. DJWillis

    DJWillis New Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Personally I think the TiVo GUI is clean, fairly tidy and easy to use. I would love to see some of the US features in UK boxes without resorting to hacking but that’s a long way off a complete GUI restyle.

    The GUI looks good (not great in 2.5 due to poor icons IMHO) on the TV and everybody I have chucked the TiVo at has worked out how to use it with no problem.

    I have also setup several other TiVo ‘like’ devices such as MythTV, WMCE and Xbox Media Centre and I find that I end up using the TiVo like user created interfaces on them over there all new fancy GUI’s as I like these devices to be usable by normal mortals as well as the resident geeks ;).
  12. mrtickle

    mrtickle Active Member

    Aug 26, 2001
    Birmingham, UK
    Indeed. I think the design of the UI is really great. It's only let down by the implementation, which made frustratingly simple mistakes which are too late to fix now. Eg an extremely poor choice of colours in the palette making a purple BBC2 logo impossible; gaps at the bottom of the screen and squashed blobs on Now Playing due to hard-coding for NTSC; twittering lines (selection bar, A-Z screen) due to NTSC designers not testing on a PAL TV, etc. :rolleyes:
  13. pgogborn

    pgogborn Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Hi Mr Tickle, your hat looks bigger than ever.
  14. mrtickle

    mrtickle Active Member

    Aug 26, 2001
    Birmingham, UK
    Hiya. And thanks - it's mine. :p
  15. polina1337

    polina1337 New Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Tivo has an overall better layout when compared to the TV Guide On Screen interactive user interface. But there are some things that would make Tivo cooler:
    It needs picture-in-picture. And I’m not talking about the crappy, obstructed by your guide, type of display “Now Playing” on Tivo. TV Guide might have advertisements underneath it, but it has real picture-in-picture imbedded on every page you are browsing. And don’t get me wrong, I totally like the non-distracting aspect to the current Tivo menus. I just want the option of having it—because I want it.

    ******as for the layout of the forum... it would look nicer if it didn’t stretch all the way across. Try adding some margins.****** :thumbsdown:
  16. BrianHughes

    BrianHughes Regurgitated user

    Jan 21, 2001
    Really old thread warning :)
  17. Glen

    Glen New Member

    May 9, 2004
    South Coast, UK
    It would be supreb if our TiVo's GUI was the same as the ones on the UK. The one with the little TiVo guy standing under the spotlight! It looks very cool! The one we use now as the same as Sky had when digital was first released!
  18. pauljs

    pauljs Member

    Feb 11, 2001
    Still like the TiVo interface, but starting to prefer and use MCE more these days
  19. polina1337

    polina1337 New Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    i understand that this is an old thread... i was doing a report on this for a class, and came across this thread. it helped in my analysis of tivo alot. i was going to post a link to my paper (if anyone was interested) but this forum wont let me post links until i have 5 posts.
  20. DeadKenny

    DeadKenny New Member

    Nov 9, 2002
    Woking, UK
    In terms of the colour scheme and overall theme then maybe it could do with a refresh, but as a user interface in general it's still way ahead of it's time. When people I know who are used to Sky have seen my TiVo interface they always comment how much easier it is to use. I mean, being able to browse the listings with the TV picture in the background... ! Sky still can't do that. So that makes TiVo 21st century and Sky back in the dark ages :D

    That's compared to Sky of course. Compared to other things like MythTV, GB-PVR, Windows MCE, it's another matter but then most of those copied TiVo ;)... it's just they've evolved whereas TiVo (UK) has stagnated so they have far more features.

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