I'm a long-time DCX (and earlier) user who just converted to the X1 a week or so ago, and I'm relatively disappointed. I wonder if someone here can recommend some workarounds for the problems I'm seeing.
1. Biggest problem is the lack of swap feature or channel buffer. My preferred way of watching sports is to watch live until commercial, pause, swap tuners, and watch something else for a few minutes (or watch something recorded), then swap back and skip through commercials. I read something about this being a patented feature of Tivo, but I've been doing this with my Comcast DVRs for over 10 years. Why now suddenly? More tuners? If so, why not save the buffers of the last two? Any workarounds?
2. The guide has less information than the old one. The guide on the DCX always lists the year of the program for movies. The X1 guide only seems to do that about 50% of the time. I don't care about a picture of the movie as much as I do about the year it was made.
3. The guide is much harder to navigate.
a) There are only 4 lines of info in the X1 guide (and one of advertising) instead of the 5 I could configure on the DCX guide.
b) Both the X1 and DCX guides can skip a day forward with a button push, but the DCX could also skip a screen forward. I can't seem to find a way to do that with the X1, so I have to keep pushing the arrow key many times to move forward in the day. Any way to do this?
c) With the DCX guide, no matter where I was, if I typed a channel number, the guide would position itself at that channel on that day and time. With the X1 guide, if I type a channel number (and then Enter to choose the channel, a pain as well), the guide displays that channel, but goes all the way back to the current time and day. That's a real pain if I'm trying to set up recordings in the future.
d) With only a 4-line display, I can't arrow up to the top line (or down to the bottom line) without the guide automatically displaying another line above (or below) and keeping me from seeing the fourth (or first) line I had set up to display before. This is a nit, but a frustrating one for me. I have to keep arrowing up and down to keep the channels I want to see in view.
4. The list of upcoming recordings and the guide are well-connected in the DCX guide. That is, if I have the list of upcoming programs displayed, and I highlight a program and press the guide button, the guide will be displayed on that day and time. With the X1 displaying the upcoming programs, pressing the guide button just gives you the guide starting at the current date and time with the current channel being displayed. This is much worse and more time consuming when setting up new recordings. I used to just use the upcoming recordings screen and page through the days, and when I thought I needed to add a new recording for that day, press the guide button and go directly to that day. Not any more. Unless you know a way.
Now, I admit there are good things about the X1. Having more tuners is much better. I like how the guide and on demand are more closely integrated. I definitely like that the guide doesn't take two or three or more days to load after a reset or power outage. The skip forward and back features work better than what the DCX has devolved to (sometimes can't even skip back). And I like the ability to use voice input. But it seems that whoever developed this new interface never even bothered to look at the old one and carry over some of the nice features that were there. To me, that's a real shame.