I don't know if any other cable boxes show this, but the newer cable boxes are showing this now.
No "B" search from show description in guide, or show being watched or show in guide, or list, anything. Always damned sluggish keyboard for search.. That is huge step back. Cannot turn off search putting up results for every single letter you "type".. so if you have a 14 letter title, it is going to search 14 times before you are done. That takes time, and it interferes with input process. Totally idiotic interface.
No "previously watched" option from list. If you were watching something far down on list, then go to live TV.. You have to sit there and wait for sluggish list to make it's way down to whatever program you were watching. That is a huge step backwards, especially since if you go past half-way down list, it seems like it is drawing the entire page again for every click down. It is another terrible interface design decision. What if you have 10 programs that is 20 folders down on list? You have to navigate all the way down the list, then open a folder, thjen navigate down another long list, just to get to what you were just watching. There should be a section right on top "previously watched", with a list of things, from newest to oldest, that you just watched. Getting rid of that was plain stupid.
No dates of movies or programs in list descriptions anywhere. The date in which the thing was made, or released, not date recorded. Why? Who knows, but that is a big WTFTWC? moment when realized. Go to guide, the date is there, go to list, the date magically disappears. Have 10 James Bond flicks you want to watch in order? Good luck.. You might as well go research on the net because Navigator doesn't think that info is important enough for you to see in the list. Nope, it scrubs it, or hides it.
Also why the heck is the folder view not an option that can be turned off? There is very little info on that first page which means you have to go down another level deeper into the sluggish interface to get any info. Why not give us choice to use folders or not? You could do that on a PC in 1994. it's a simple list. Let me decide how to display the damned thing.
While fast forwarding/ pausing/ rewinding/ playing, even when DVR compensation is turned completely off, the DVR constantly jumps ahead by 2 or 3 minutes while you are trying to rewind for a few seconds, or pause, then play, or any time really. All of the sudden you are 2 minutes past where you were for absolutely no reason at all. That happens constantly.
Shows constantly not recording with no record at all it didn't record or was ever supposed to record in the "options", then three clicks down to "recording log/conflicts" section.
Constantly not recording shows, then in the recording log it says "channel not available".. even though channel is available. Every time that happens and I am watching TV at the time, the channel is definitely there and available, Navigator is just broken.
Constantly not making a buffer on a channel if one other show is recording. Why? You could have 1 hour buffer in 1998! WTF. No rhyme or reason to when it won't buffer a program sometimes.
Why is there no conflict resolution section? There is a section called "recording log", and under that it says record log and list of conflicts.. BTW this is literally 8 layers deep. Count the button presses needed to get there. I count 8 button presses to get there. Ridiculous in itself, but then when you do finally get there, there is only a recording log, but no way to mange any current recording conflicts. Why did they get rid of recording conflict screen? How is that a good idea? Why does it take 8 button presses to get anywhere in this gui? Things shouldn't be buried that deep, there is no reason for it.
Constantly the progress bar is just plain gone. Go to rewind, and there is no blue bar, no marker for where you are in the show, nothing.. Just a big black empty banner. Great work TWC.
That's just scratching surface of poor design, performance going backwards. SARA from 1999 did many things much, much better. Navigator is such a joke. It's in pre-Alpha stage for any serious piece of software.
Well it's just examples of things that went backwards. Not sure why they go backwards with so-called "upgrades". The important thing is the features, not how it looks. When you improve the looks of something (HD interface), it cannot be at the expense of actual features or functionality..
Yeah the non "C" boxes were 100 times faster. I think the all "C" (indicating cable card as you know, but some may not) boxes are sluggish really.. no matter what brand. At least that is my experience. I have seen people say that their DVRs aren't slow, but I wonder if they are just used to it, or maybe they act differently in different areas? Not sure.
I don't have the 8300HD anymore. I tried to "cross it out" in sig but AVSF won't let me for some reason.
I have used 8300HDC boxes though, and they are just as sluggish as this Samsung is at certain times (as indicated in post above).
I may try one of the new Cisco boxes if at all possible, but I have so many promotions on my account (for 30/5 internet, Cinemax and HBO combo, etc), I don't want to mess that all up, and whenever you change out equipment, if you don't spend hours on the phone with customer support you lose all the promotional prices. That's what happened when I went up to 30/5 internet speed with a new modem anyways. (my old DOCSIS 2 wouldn't work with upgrade).
Maybe I'll try one of the SA or Cisco 500GB boxes when all these promotions run out in a few months time.