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Russ6

join:2011-03-17
Houston, TX
kudos:1
reply to cypherstream

Re: [STB] Cisco thinking of getting out of the set-top box busin

I think Comcast is so far behind in developing the guide software that Comcast is just trying to get caught up. The S26 guide for SA/Cisco STBs deployment has been put on hold for almost 2 months to fix bugs. This guide is just a legacy guide for older SA/Cisco STBs to catch up to the A28 Guide for Motorola STBs. The A30 Guide for Motorola STBs is being deployed because the X1 Guide for Motorola STBs is taking so long. The On-Screen Guide 2.0 is a bridge guide in the Cisco RNG 200N to provide AnyRoom DVR functionality for some SA/Cisco STB markets because the X1 Guide for SA/Cisco STBs is taking so long.

The current S25 Guide for SA/Cisco STBs doesn't even provide PIP (Picture-In-Picture) which the previous SARA Guide had for years. I think Passport even had PIP.

The X1 guide has missing features such as no skip by day feature and doesn't take advantage of all 6 tuners in the Pace X1 Gateway. Also, it doesn't currently provide AnyRoom DVR functionality.
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SA 8300 HD DVRs with Patched S25 Guide
Links:
'S25 Guide Blog' 'Schedule' 'Info' 'Patch Thread'



cypherstream
Premium,MVM
join:2004-12-02
Reading, PA
kudos:3

I think they should of just skipped A30 and did that new look widescreen Guide 2.0 that they showed at CES back in 2008. It looks pretty nice. That should be the standard guide, with X1 as the DVR.



mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV

comcast is so backwards it isn't funny. A30 doesn't do anything BUT it will take 5 YEARS for us to get x1 or on-screen 3.0. By that time those won't even be new anymore.
The nation's largest cable operator just disgusts me and makes me sick.


GTFan

join:2004-12-03

*shrug* so get a Tivo, or a Win7 Media Center PC. I've seen used Tivo HDs for as cheap as $250 on fleabay with a lifetime sub, so it's not like it costs a ton of money. And they will pay for themselves within a couple of years vs. renting.

You don't have to put up with their nonsense, so there's no point in whining about it.



telcodad

join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
kudos:6
reply to Russ6

A recent article on the CED Magazine site on the current (poor) experience of searching for what to watch using today's Guide UIs:

Navigation guides yet to take flight
The process of finding what you want to watch on TV continues to be cumbersome.

By Brian Santo, CED Magazine - November 21, 2012
»www.cedmagazine.com/articles/201···e-flight



telcodad

join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
kudos:6
reply to cypherstream

I wonder what release of Guide software includes this new "self-destruct" feature?

Comcast buys woman TV after cable box exploded
By Michael Finney, KGO-TV News, San Francisco - November 26, 2012
»abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sectio···=8898788


GTFan

join:2004-12-03

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reply to telcodad

said by telcodad:

A recent article on the CED Magazine site on the current (poor) experience of searching for what to watch using today's Guide UIs:

Navigation guides yet to take flight
The process of finding what you want to watch on TV continues to be cumbersome.

By Brian Santo, CED Magazine - November 21, 2012
»www.cedmagazine.com/articles/201···e-flight

Search (and UIs in general) on STBs suck because cable has always been too cheap to pay for development, and they're beholden to a huge legacy base of boxes that can't run anything decent. Plus they have little to no incentive to give you search results for anything other than their own products.

Tivo's current integrated search is decent, especially when accessed with the recently discontinued Slide remote (has a built-in slide out keyboard). It's a little slow and is fully integrated only with a few providers like Netflix, but it's better than anything cable has.

Google TV is a good idea but so far pretty crappy implementations, I think the Vizio box is a lot better than the discontinued Logitech Revues. Problem is that no one wants to pay for yet another box to sit between their STB and TV, and big content is still stupid enough to think they should block the devices.

»www.engadget.com/2012/09/19/vizi···-review/