Friday, December 21, 2007

Comcast TiVo and Original TiVo Remotes

Comcast TiVo and Original TiVo Remotes - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

The Comcast TiVo remote adds buttons. I don't like more buttons.

New buttons include:
On Demand

"The A, B, C, D buttons let you access shortcuts and various features, depending on where you are."

That goes again the original Apple developer guidelines from 1984. It makes the functions modal, when the preferred way is non-modal.

In fact, it would have been better if no additional buttons were added at all, and these functions were put in on screen menus.

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, it MUST have the buttons as the A-D buttons are mandated by Cable Labs for all OCAP devices/remotes.

    The 'OnDemand' button isn't surprising - cable MSOs want you to easily get into their lucrative add-on content. And the Stop button has been on some of the TiVo remotes (like the DVD units) for a while.

    I run - thanks for posting about your experiences so far. It doesn't sound like much, if anything, has changed since I reported on the software from CES 2007 and took some photos.

    I live in MA myself - but I'm in Worcester, which is Charter, so I can't check it out myself.