A few months ago DirecTV sent out an update to our Genie DVR receiver that sure wasn't an upgrade, because my wife and I found the user interface harder to use than the old version.
But now, July 2018, DirecTV has managed to screw up the user interface even more. Last night, June 10, I fired up the receiver to see what was available for us to watch.
It took only a few seconds for me to realize that a bunch of our recordings had disappeared. The menu looked different, also. But there on the left side it said "All Recordings."
So naturally I figured that "All Recordings" meant, oh, how silly for me to assume this, ALL RECORDINGS. Which got me worried, because the Playlist didn't have all of what we'd recorded.
(Note: some Googling revealed that when 0, zero, is pressed while in the playlist, the ordering changes from Latest to Alphabetical, and it appears that when the recordings are in alphabetical order, all of them show up. Of course, then we don't know which are the most recent, so the user interface is still screwed up.)
Fortunately, I had the bright idea of ignoring the literal meaning of All Recordings and clicked on "Continue Watching." There I found the Bill Maher live show that we'd watched some of, along with some other recordings that hadn't shown up on the misnamed "All Recordings" menu.
So now the DirecTV user interface for recordings has gone from bad to horrible. We had no problem with the DirecTV menu system that was used before. It's been getting worse with every update, which, again, in no way is a upgrade.
Here's another gripe. Dates have disappeared from the description of a recorded show. Great, now I know that I've got a recording of Episode 168 of Season 3 of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Is this a recent episode, or an episode from several weeks ago? No way to tell in the dysfunctional DirecTV user interface, so we've got to watch the beginning of the show to see what Trump outrages Colbert is talking about to get a feel for how old the episode is.
There used to be dates associated with recordings of shows like The Late Show. Now, there aren't. I can only imagine that somehow the DISH Network managed to insert a mole into the DirecTV programming team, because it sure seems like with every update, DirecTV is determined to make its customers dream of switching to DISH.
Well, at least now I've got something additional to complain about with DirecTV, given that I've pretty much given up on them ever offering the Pac 12 Networks. When DirecTV was bought by AT&T, I (wrongly) thought that this would bring improvements to our overpriced subscription.
But, no, if anything DirecTV has gotten worse, not better.
I'd "cut the cord" by going to streaming of shows we want to watch, but we've also got a crappy internet provider out here in rural south Salem, Oregon, CenturyLink. They believe that 7 mbps qualifies as "high speed internet," for which we pay way too much money.
Someday, hopefully we'll be rid of both DirecTV and CenturyLink. I only wish that I'll live long enough to enjoy that happy moment.