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cypherstream
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join:2004-12-02
Reading, PA
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Re: Official Comcast blog about new SA guide

said by rv65:

That guide is codenamed "Barcelona". I think it's still running on simulators, but it might be running on a STB. It's a next gen tru2way guide that is even more advanced than "Aspen". Aspen is basically iGuide with spiffy graphics and it works on tru2way devices.
It is now running on Motorola DCX set tops. Were closer to reality, and my guess is we may see some small instances of it starting in 2011... but don't quote me on it.

It's been in development for quite some time now. Rolling Tru2Way standards, rolling hardware specifications, Separable security mandate 7/7/2007, and other projects deemed more important (like plant cleanup, HD expansion, DOCSIS 3, Triple Play Push, etc...) all put it behind schedule.

This version will include VOD Search. Your search results can return hits from all sources... DVR material, Live material and VOD content. It also looks to have some sort of "user profile" system like Cox's Trio guide. It is supposed to be more 'modular' in design, so new features and updates will be easier and quicker to roll out.

Hardware requirements are yet to be determined. It's likely that you'll need a newer set top that has the memory and cpu specs to handle it.

Zizoo

join:2010-05-12
PA

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said by cypherstream:

said by rv65:

That guide is codenamed "Barcelona". I think it's still running on simulators, but it might be running on a STB. It's a next gen tru2way guide that is even more advanced than "Aspen". Aspen is basically iGuide with spiffy graphics and it works on tru2way devices.
It is now running on Motorola DCX set tops. Were closer to reality, and my guess is we may see some small instances of it starting in 2011... but don't quote me on it.

It's been in development for quite some time now. Rolling Tru2Way standards, rolling hardware specifications, Separable security mandate 7/7/2007, and other projects deemed more important (like plant cleanup, HD expansion, DOCSIS 3, Triple Play Push, etc...) all put it behind schedule.

This version will include VOD Search. Your search results can return hits from all sources... DVR material, Live material and VOD content. It also looks to have some sort of "user profile" system like Cox's Trio guide. It is supposed to be more 'modular' in design, so new features and updates will be easier and quicker to roll out.

Hardware requirements are yet to be determined. It's likely that you'll need a newer set top that has the memory and cpu specs to handle it.
Do you have the guide in the pictures above? I was not aware anyone had that guide yet. thats the tru2way guide right?

Edit: I quoted the wrong person.


cypherstream
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No, the pictures obtained are from tech demos at various cable & broadcasting trade shows.

However aspen looks like the photo I attached. It's basically an updated "skinned" I-Guide that is available for download into Tru2Way Panasonic TV's in the greater Chicago area.

Unfortunately, I was hoping for you SA/Cisco set top users, your new guide would look more like "Aspen" and not I-Guide. The SA set tops have dual RISC based processors and have been harnessed to do other features like transparencies, animations (element sliding in/out of view) and smooth UI fade transitions. I don't recall if SARA ever had polished transition effects, drop shadows and anti-aliasing, but Passport did and that ran on SA set tops.

I know Comcast wants a "Consistent User Experience", but Aspen is pretty close to I-Guide as to what buttons do what, and where menu elements are. It's just more visually updated with the modern 'skin'.

I bet Guide S25.2 for your platform won't take advantage of any of SA/Cisco's video acceleration features, and your menu's will simply 'pop' on screen (ie, no transparencies or animations). It's an upgrade from SARA, but a downgrade from Passport.

jjv124

join:2009-11-21
Hanover, PA
The downgrade from Passport is what kind of bugs me about this. Now if they can port over all of the a28 features into the s guide I'll be a bit happier. I also recognize that I'm one of the few users still using passport in the company and I guess I have to take the hit in this case to make others experience better but I am hoping that this is the first step and not the last step in this guide transition.

hussle87
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Sykesville, MD

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what is comcast's plant clean up project?