[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #1635: LiveTV uses UP to go up the channel list, Guide uses DOWN.

Greg Stark gsstark at mit.edu
Thu Apr 6 02:27:45 UTC 2006

Derek Atkins <warlord at MIT.EDU> writes:

> Greg Stark <gsstark at MIT.EDU> writes:
> > What would you have channel up and channel down do in the guide?
> On my remote, Ch+ is the up arrow, Ch- is the down arrow,
> Vol- is the left arrow, and Vol+ is the right arrow..   So
> in the guide I want Ch+ to move the guide UP (which is reducing
> the channel#) and I want Ch- to move the guide DOWN (which is
> increasing the channel#)...
> So, I think the current behavior is exactly correct.

In other words you want channel+ in the guide to do what channel- does in live
tv osd mode. And channel- in the guide to do what channel+ does in live tv osd

The case where I find this confusing with a regular satellite box is when I'm
watching something, flip "up" some number of channels during the commercials,
then want to go back but want to do it more quickly than one channel at a time
so I bring up the guide and intuitively go "down". And of course immediately
lose my place entirely.

I think there should be an option to list the guide in descending order so
that up always means up and down always means down.

I have another suggestion. It would also be nice to have an option to make the
guide not "wrap around". I find it hard to orient myself with no boundaries.

Probably both of these things come down to whether you think about the
channels using a mental model where you're "moving" around in a linear space
or some less physical model. Personally my mental model here is a very
concrete physical space thing. And I get completely confused both when the
directions swap and when there are no boundaries.


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