Ok so Dreambox dm800 pretty much the same thing with a “skin” on it? They should of put in high resolution 16:9 graphics. Only 5 channels by 1 hour of time in the grid guide? Truncated text in the DVR menu? Come on, 1920×1080 pixels or even 1280×720 pixels is more than enough to display a nice looking user interface.Everyones going for these dark color schemes which I’m all for, especially when your watching Dreambox dm800 TV in a very dark room and your not jolted when you bring up the guide. But for crying out loud use every inch of the modern day HD screen to your advantage. Stop pillarboxing or stretching a 4:3 low resolution image to fit!Also only the latest Samsung, Cisco and Motorola DCX-M boxes can do HD graphics. TWC does have DCX non M boxes in their moto areas running iGuide and those are capable of HD graphics, but TWC will likely keep those boxes on iGuide for the rest of eternity. Older SA boxes cannot render HD graphics, due to HW limitations. Those are the boxes that fully support eSATA, so you have to choose between eSATA or a HD Dreambox dm800. Then again, TWC could very well pull eSATA on those older boxes, so you have to be careful.
How about my 2nd suggestion? In addition to the current Dreambox dm800 shortened title on the left, they could fit really long titles just below the video feed (in the lower right quadrent), where they have “WNBC-70″ and the show description. If the title is really long, then just wrap the title across multiple lines. Admittedly it would make less of the show synopsis visible on the first page, but there’s already the capability to split that across multiple pages.
Another alternative would be to make long titles scroll from right to left over a period of a second so you can read the full title as it scrolls along.Hey Dreambox dm800, how about bringing even the SLIGHTST bit of intelligence to the DVR engine while you;re at it? Every other single DVR I;ve ever used can do conflict resolution automatically, you;re just skips the extra programs… My Dish Dreambox dm800 knows that when there’s a conflict, lower priority shows that air at alternate times are automatically rescheduled so they still record, just on a different day.
Oh, also, keying on the word “new” in the descrioption, yet ignoring the oruiginal air date, resulting in programs that are months or years old recording instead of other ACTUAL new programming, fix that too. You might also cloud integrate the Dreambox dm800 DVR so if i have more than one (the only way to have more than 2 tuners) and I try to schedule conflicts, it can auto-scedule the other DVR to record it instead, which is fine since all your boxes now can play back recordings from any other box and sees all content on all in-home boxes as if it was a single DVR pool. BTW, noting another Dreambox dm800 DVR is scheduled to record the exact program on the exact time, try recording it once instead of twice, since clearly the communication exists to see the other DVR start recording the file the instant it does.
And another thing, the receivers, give them the ability to program shows for the DVR, and pause and playback live TV. All the other whole home DVR systems do that. You don;t have whole home Dreambox dm800 DVR, you have independent DVRs that host a file share to streaming receivers. Your technology is fine, your SOFTWARE IS CRAP! Its for this exact set of reasons (and broken promises, and 10 weeks of delays having any resolution, and dozens of “we’ll call you about this tomorrows” that never happned, why I’m going back to disk on July 5. not even 90 days away from them has felt like a year! I only left so i could go back and get hopper and a few new discounts. I’m thinking I should have just stayed and paid for hopper. It would have been less painful than dealing with you. It also would have been cheaper given the 4 different half days I;ve had to take off work dealing with your shit equipment and botched installs, and a Dreambox dm800 DVR that failed only 4 weeks into service.