US Tivo Premiere vs VM TiVo

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by mikerr, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Whist I don't disagree with the points raised here wrt the alternate GUI, do you really think VM will actually have this implimented just to please a handful (in terms of overall useage figures) of people?

    Not only are we are the only ones who will know anythnig about the previous version and the way it worked, but having just the one GUI helps when it comes to supporting the product.
     
  2. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Grrr ...The thinking that less features and options is easier to support is what gave us the likes of sky+ :( :thumbsdown:

    That's actually the biggest argument against TiVo ...
     
  3. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    It wouldn't have less features though; just a different way of doing the same ones; which would be difficult to support as they'd need to know about both systems
     
  4. royfox

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    +2 (my wife as well) for this. The old S1 screen guide format is a big improvement over the current Tivo one...
     
  5. royfox

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    Technically I agree with your comment, having one GUI is easier to support. but if you think we were given the tivo ahead of everyone else to prod and poke at to see which cracks need repairing and which can wait... I think informing VM that the old S1 tivo GUI was much better, easier to use and technically it offers an advantage over the competition, is something VM should take in and discuss.

    I for one would love to see the old system back and clearly the code is already there so it wouldn't take a lot for them to implement an option tick box...
     
  6. John McE

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    +3.

    I have had all my TIVOs set to show that guide - both in the US and here. Personally, I don't like the new-style guide nearly as much.
     
  7. yerksha puddin

    yerksha puddin New Member

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    Does that include a VM - Tivo? If so, how?
     
  8. Adder

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    I prefer the new style guide to the old one (I'd prefer it even more if the "info" button worked as it should). The S1 style was too busy I think, this seems simpler to comprehend. Whereas S1 is more like a traditional listings magazine format, but combining that with what's on now on a bunch of other channels.

    The new format is also less intrusive on the screen than the old one, what I like is being able to see for example 8pm till 10pm and then use "Skip" to flick through all of the days listings to see what's on in that window as that's when most of the interesting shows are on. Nine times out of 10 I am not interested in what's on before 8pm on a channel.

    Put me down in the choice camp, but don't take away the new version. :)
     
  9. John McE

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    Er, no. That was my point. I was agreeing with previous posters that the other type of guide was always my preference.
     
  10. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Here's another interesting screenshot (shown before launch - but not actually in the released US version)

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    Multiple user profiles!
     
  11. Mimizuku no Lew

    Mimizuku no Lew Rattus Sapiens

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    I could see that being useful even in my case where I'm the sole user of my TiVo. One profile for films, one for sports, etc. Nice easy filtering of the list of recordings. :)
     
  12. Brangdon

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    We've been promised User Profiles for the UK version.
     
  13. VirginMediaPhil

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    I reckon that'll be great for things such as suggestions - but how would it work? Would you log in as a user, or when you thumb up/down, a dialogue appears stating which user would you like the suggestions to be stored for? Hmm...
     
  14. Brangdon

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    I don't know. I'd guess there'd be a "current user" that would be easy to change, a bit like filters now. There's probably not much point putting passwords on them.

    TiVo seems to prefer designs that are inflexible and not configurable. In the same way we can't create and name arbitrary folders and move programmes around freely, I'd expect User Profiles to be used in very rigid pre-defined ways.
     
  15. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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  16. Zaichik

    Zaichik New Member

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    How do you get the mini guide? I don't think I've ever seen it.
     
  17. browellm

    browellm New Member

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    Press OK while watching TV.
     
  18. Zaichik

    Zaichik New Member

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    Thanks. :)
     
  19. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Also notice this screenshot:

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    Look at the items on the left - would be good to filter the My Shows list by "Part Viewed.

    I still think TiVo wastes a lot of screen space alongside the titles - there's room for episode titles/info in other screens
    but not this one - which leads me to believe this menus is one of the reasons for the title lines to be "short".
     
  20. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Also interesting in that shot is that all the shows listed are (or have been) available on various channels over here too :p
     

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