If you’ve searched why the new 2018 DirecTV guide sucks now you’re probably about as unimpressed as I am. The changes are far from improvements. I didn’t see anything wrong with the last version, but just like any other company and product they make so-called improvements without customer input. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Some wouldn’t remain employed if they didn’t make changes. After all, unnecessary updates create job security. Be sure to read to the end and share your opinion of the new guide and any other glitches or problems you’ve encountered.
What Were They Thinking?
I don’t just dislike it. I hate the latest DirecTV guide! Not only is it going to take getting used to, but it’s also going to require a new pair of glasses and a lot more patience. Even though the company boasts hundreds of channels it was already a struggle to find something worth watching or shows I hadn’t already seen. The most recent DirecTV guide isn’t going to make it any easier for myself and countless others. What were they thinking? Obviously the developers didn’t have issues with eye-sight – or did they?
Why the New 2018 DirecTV Guide Sucks Now
One of the problems with the new DirectTV guide is the small font size and lack of contrast. What I used to be able to easily read without glasses is now a strain to see from across the room. Worse yet, they offer very few options for changing the guide. Sure, you can set it up to display the categories first when hitting the ‘guide’ button, or you can set it on ‘grid guide’, but that doesn’t change the other problems or how it reads.
The Poor Design is Just One Problem
By automatically displaying logos next to channel numbers they’ve taken up valuable space. Those logos don’t make it easier for me to find my favorite channels, but maybe that’s not their intended purpose. Most people either set up a favorites guide or they simply remember their favorite channel numbers. Other than station identification the logos don’t really help in the scheme of things.
The Highlight Disappears
The other problem is a glitch in the latest DirecTV guide. Notice how the blue highlight disappears when scrolling? You have to arrow back up again to highlight channel choices. You shouldn’t have to do that, but it’s impossible to tell where you’re at without pressing the up and down buttons. Also, just because a specific channel is highlighted doesn’t mean it’s in the description above.
When it is There it Doesn’t Always Match the Description and…
Right now I have it on Southern Justice on channel 276, but the description is for Ghost Adventures right below it. When I highlight Ghost Adventures it lists the description for Dr. Phil two channels down. The highlight matches the channel and description part of the time, but that isn’t all. Press select and it won’t go to the channel highlighted. They released a guide update that wasn’t well thought out or ready. Overall I think it’s a very poor design.
Update: As of the evening of 1/13/2018 I’ve had to add another major problem to my list of growing complaints. It’s in my post entitled DirecTV Guide Scrolling Out of Control. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you’re lucky! After a few minutes of frustration and disbelief I found the easiest way to stop it.
Bring Back the Old Guide!
That’s why the new 2018 DirecTV guide sucks now (in my opinion), but unless I want to unsubscribe I guess that’s my problem. For all I know the update rolled out weeks or months ago and my guide just recently updated to this shell of its former self. In any case, I don’t think it’s an improvement to the old one. I want the old one back!
Sound Off in the Comments
What do you think of the latest DirecTV guide? Are you happy with the updates or do you prefer the old design? Leave your thoughts on my review of the new DirecTV guide. What do you like, love, or hate about it, and what if any changes would you like to see? Have you noticed a problem that I didn’t list? Share your experiences and your opinion in the comment section.
Can’t Hear the TV Voices Over the Music – That’s another highly annoying problem!