March 3, 2007

Pause or Play?

I recently switched out my basement satellite receiver for a DirecTv HR20-700 (the HD DVR) and I realized something that just wasn't right. It's got lots of features, some of them are even much nicer than the two TiVos I have upstairs. Then I sat for an hour in the dark with the remote.

With a TiVo, the most prominent button on the remote is the Pause button. With your eyes closed and seven martinis in you, you can easily find this button. With your head spinning and bladder full of, well, whatever your bladder is full of, you'll find the Pause button. The TV stops, and you're good to make your eighth.

But with the D* DVR, the most prominent button is the Play button. Where's the pause? Well, it's this tiny little button to the southwest of the Play button that maybe, just maybe, you might be able to find if you have 500W bulbs in all your room lamps.

Who's great idea was this!? Who gives a shit if you can hit play in the dark? By that time, you're already settled and have all the time in the universe to find the right button. In a pinch, you need to hit pause. Your bladder is screaming and you need to hit pause. Your cat just walked across your man region and you NEED TO PRESS PAUSE. Which button is that again? Oh right, it's this tiny button to the southwest.

Bad UI is bad UI. Come on, D*, think for like five seconds.

Posted by pinkerton at March 3, 2007 12:36 AM