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Thu, Mar 4, 2021 9:00 AM

X1 UI Improvement Suggestion: Display Order of Series Recordings

I have an improvement suggestion/request for the X1 user interface concerning how recorded episodes in a series recording are displayed.

 

Looking in my (vertical) list of recordings, I see the most recent recording in the list at the top. Good. (Though, that said, what if there were an "Alphabetical" sort order option?)

 

That list typically contains individual recordings, one on a line, as well as one line for all of the recordings in a given series recording. The "series" lines also tell you how many episodes are recorded. Also good.

 

Click into the series recording and you then see a horizontal list of thumbnails with recording details. Also good.

 

Imagine now that you have, say, 39 episodes recorded and you're watching them in order. Those episodes show the newest on the left and the oldest on the right. It's the oldest (next) episode you're nearly always going to watch and it's waaaay over on the right, so now you need to click all the way through 39 thumbnails to the right to get where you want to be. Tomorrow, it'll be 40.

 

Bad.

 

Imagine a new recording is added every day and you watch one every day or so and you've already fallen behind and... you're repeating this aggravating UI trick again and again.

 

Suggestion: In the UI for adding a series recording, add an additional field, for example, "Episode Display Order: Oldest First  / Newest First".

 

That way, people hoping to watch in order, but who have fallen behind, aren't tortured every time they want to watch the next episode in the series.

 

Many thanks in advance for your consideration.

 

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5 m ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your very thought out suggestion. I have forward the feedback on your behalf. If you have any additional questions you can reach out to the Digital Care Team at any time as we are here 24/7 for your convenience! We are a digital team dedicated to assisting customers with all aspects of their account needs from troubleshooting together to billing inquiries and more! Please have a safe and healthy week!

DKL-BHam

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5 m ago

Thanks so much for forwarding that on. As a software developer from waaay  back, I spend a lot of time thinking of UI usability. As a developer, I know what I would like to hear out of a new feature suggestion, so I figured thorough was the best/fastest way to a possible implementation.

 

I'd be more than happy to provide beta feedback on this (...and, well, any UI ideas).

 

David

jim_r1

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4 m ago

let me add my support for the above suggestion. it is a pain to scroll through a dozen or more episodes to find the one you want. the other way to find it is to go to the "episode" view, which also starts from the top (highest numbered season first) so you have to scroll down to get to season 1, then wade through all the "buy" ones to find the one you really want.

it sometimes seems to know which episodes you have already watched, flagging these as watched, but not always, and it would also be nice to just see the "unwatched" ones, or just record the "unwatched" ones, when you are recording lots of old shows like I do.

             thanks.

DKL-BHam

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1 m ago

That 39 from the original post is now 159 and counting… sure would be great to get this option implemented. As a software developer/UI designer myself, I’d be more than happy to offer myself up as a beta tester.

Another (or maybe additional) UI option might be a “Watch Next Episode” control when the thumbnails are displayed.

DKL-BHam

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25 d ago

Sigh...

That list is now up to 179 episodes. Luckily, all seasons are now recorded, so the number won't grow any further, but... scrolling right, one thumbnail at a time is a gruesome experience.

Any traction on getting this into beta?

BlueJeans07

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24 d ago

Hi DKL-BHam  -  I am also one of those fall behind people. Hope they add your suggesion to their work list ~

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