TiVo Community Forum Archive 1 (http://archive.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/index.php)
- HDTV TiVo Powered PVRs (http://archive.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/forumdisplay.php?forumid=36)
-- Slow channel guide display (http://archive.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?threadid=174902)
I don't see how anyone can argue that the guides on the HD-TiVo are 'acceptable'. This is my first and only TiVo so I can't compare it to other TiVo models but the incredibly slow performance of the D* guide is unacceptable. I just can't understand why it is SO slow. Incomprehensible.
I know I have not adapted to the TiVo paradigm yet but I also prefer a good D* guide implementation over the TiVo guide. MUCH more information. With the D* guide on the Sony HD-200 I could see the current and upcoming shows on a block of 8 channels at a time. The TiVo guide has its strong points (scanning a channel to setup recording and season passes) but there is no way that you can argue that it shows more information at one time than a decent D* guide.
I also miss the 'Favorite Channels' screen from the HD-200. Press one button and up pops a matrix with the logos of my 25 favorite channels. Makes it real easy to 'surf' live TV. The HD-200 had some annoying bugs but it also had a few real gems.
I'm quite happy with my new HD-TiVo and I'm sure I will adapt to its quirks but it does need some important usability improvements. Changes that would seem to be fairly easy to implement. I'm sure I'll get accustomed to watching TV without these features but that doesn't mean that they wouldn't make the product better. Technology advances quickly and TiVo had better keep ahead of the competition or they risk getting left behind.
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