Originally Posted by VisionOn
The "spoiler window" is not even close to a fundamental design flaw.
It doesn't break any UI guidelines or user expectations. It's only a flaw to the few who think it is for no logical reason other than their own proclivities.
For the vast majority the picture in guide is very useful and an expected norm. If you don't want to be "spoiled" don't watch the channel to begin with or pause it so it doesn't go any further.
Ben's view may not be in the majority, but it is very
Many older DVR users record or timeshift (watch on a time delay) virtually everything, including all sporting events. They don't want to see a liveTV window with the current score or outcome. They don't want to see future plot points for a movie or series. The first DVRs made it a point to hide liveTV so scores and plot points weren't revealed early. As a result, this became the expected behavior for many users. [No, Moxi's way was not first.]
The picture window is not the problem. It is great to have a picture window that shows the currently selected recording while you browse the menus. It is great to have a picture window that shows the current timeshifted feed while you browse the menus. A picture window for liveTV is fine too, so long as you've actually requested liveTV display with a menu or button. What Ben and many others find objectionable is the design that makes liveTV display the default behavior for every action.
When you turn on the Moxi, what do you always see? LiveTV. When browsing recordings and recordings-in-progress, what do you see? LiveTV. When playback of a recording ends, what do you see? LiveTV. When you swap tuners, what do you see? LiveTV. When a recording starts, the DVR swaps tuners and what do you see? LiveTV. For someone that watches virtually everything timeshifted, this serves as a spoiler. The pause button is not a solution; it doesn't work with every scenario, and with sports, it only serves to freeze the score on the screen.On the subject of sports/event recording, keep in mind that TiVo, Windows Media Center, and SageTV make it easy to setup series recordings for specific sports teams and events. With most cable DVRs, you can only create a series recording for a program title like MLB BASEBALL, NBA BASKETBALL, or COLLEGE BASKETBALL; the solutions mentioned above allow you to create series recordings for specific pro and college teams, all NCAA tournament basketball, all Bowl games, all MLB/NBA/NHL/NFL playoffs, etc. That greatly reduces the need for live viewing, as it ensures that such content is always available to watch recorded or in-progress, on a delay.