Friday, June 05, 2009

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Imagine you are watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but thanks to the beauty of the DVR, you've recorded it in advance and are skipping all the commercials and catching up as the game is still being played. You've just seen Kobe make another crazy jumper to give the Lakers a 34-33 lead in the middle of a tense second quarter. You go to hit fast forward and speed through the commercials, when your finger slips's 90-65 Lakers in the fourth? Wait, what?

Look at the DVR controls area. The Fast Forward button is directly below the Live button. Your finger has hit Live and your plans are ruined (although in this case it was probably better that you didn't sit through the blowout). This kind of placement makes it seem like the standard Time Warner Cable remote was designed by someone who has never used a DVR before! How could no one have figured out that this is a bad idea? Pressing the Live button is never something you want to by accident, so it should clearly be placed in a safer position, maybe at the top like TiVo has it, or just about anywhere else away from the most commonly pressed DVR control buttons!

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