OK, so I have already posted a few things wrong with this new guide/firmware.
What follows below are "additional" issues I have encountered - just add them to the list:
AUDIO and VIDEO
- Audio output from analog jacks is only about 50% what it used to be (on one of my tv's I had to change audio connection to use the digital coax - which is fine).
- Video output from the Y/Pb/Pr
jacks has a glitch in it - for some reason it introduces red/pink-ish line bleed across the bottom third of the screen. (I verified it is the PVR and not the tv) - and it never did this before the new IPG "upgrade".
- On my other TV (all HDMI) - no issues as per above.
- When you go through the painstakingly slow process to navigate to a program you have recorded - and wish to delete it:
--- It will delete it, but when done (after another delay) you will be presented with another useless time-wasting pop-up asking you to confirm that it was already deleted
--- It has NO MEMORY that you were in a particular folder/location in your list of recorded programs. SO, when you are finished deleting something - it kicks you OUT of that location - BACK to the very beginning of the list of ALL recorded programs. This is extremely frustrating, especially if you either wanted to play the next program in that folder, or even to do some "maintenance" like deleting other programs in that folder (or whatever).
- I have a LOT of programs recorded, so this "no guide location memory" issue is an extreme pain to navigate. I spent about an hour last night just trying to delete a bunch of shows - where ALL my time spent was in NAVIGATING, WAITING, SELECTING, WAITING, getting punted back to the beginning and repeating again.
- What I would LIKE:
- in the user interface, give an option to SELECT MULTIPLE shows to delete, etc - (AND, of course "remember" to stay in that folder/location after the operation).
WATCHING A RECORDED SHOW
- Once again, there is NO MEMORY of where you are in your show if you happen to hit stop, tune to Live TV, or do something else - and want to "continue" viewing your show. It starts you AT THE BEGINNING again - forcing you to deal with the FFwding to wherever you can remember that you left off.
- In the previous guide, if you stopped playing a program, you were given the option to "skip to end". That option is not present in the new one.
- This means that if you are FFwding to get to near the end of the program, but (because of the LAG), you hit PLAY just a bit too late to stop the FFWD operation and play at the point you wanted - it will go the "very end" and the only option it gives you is to start at the VERY BEGINNING again.
- So, if you only wanted to see the very end of a program, now you have to FFWD all over again, from the beginning, and very slowly/carefully FFWD when you get close to the end, so you don't over-shoot it and get punted back to the beginning of the program again !
- The disk space indication at the bottom is a good idea, but the word "PVR" is superimposed over the "numbers percent" whenever the percentage of disk space used is a decimal amount.
- So, if you have used a whole number, like 40%, then the text "PVR" and 40% are not on top of each other. BUT if you have, for example, 40.5%, then the "R" in the text "PVR" is superimposed on top of the "4" and a little bit on the "0".
- With all the wasted screen real estate, they could easily move those two display items further apart from each other so this does not happen.
RECORDING A SHOW
- There is no "fine granularity" on the actual TIME you set for a recording now. Previously we could fine tune the start/end time (to the minute). Now, it is limited to 5 min before/after and then much larger increments.
Please know that as I continue to try and "use" this new system, I am finding more and more issues and will post my observations as I go.
Please also understand that the frustration of dealing
with this sluggish, laggy, "tunnel-vision" guide/firmware causes me to not even want
to use it.
This is because navigating and "using" the PVR has now become a nightmare I would rather just avoid altogether.
Hopefully everyone else voices their concerns (telephone/email/survey/etc) so they get the message (and the details) so they can quickly fix/improve it.