Yep, this is my intention also. I tried the new UI and it is even worse than that old UI except for one case. That is the discover view only showing one time slot is an improvement for SD, but not over EyeTV. Not showing the original episode date recorded was the final straw for me. And this new UI still has many you can only click, or only use the keyboard spots. I'll wait until its out of beta to make a final decision, but in my opinion, SD rigid use case of dumbed down one button usage is not my use case.So the patents have nothing to do with it? To be honest would be much happier to hear you can't afford the patent licensing fees and don't want to be sued than 'we can't figure out how to do it well'. I switched to a competitor due to this. Still have my Extend but not using it.
I make my decisions for what to watch based on information, not fancy graphic images. Therefore the removal of almost all information from the UI is not going to sustain me. Not being able to get broad picture of what is on tonight between 7pm and 10 pm (or any 3 or 4 hour time frame) is a deal breaker. Having pictures only is a deal breaker. Having to play wack-a-mole to find out anything is deal breaker.
With that said I understand that SD product is a valid use case for some and that SD wants to have the dumbed down fashionable graphical interface, but to have a poor usability and not handle the rest of us, means SD loses us. And that is their choice, I'm tired of arguing.
It seems like the SD interface is designed for people that all they do is watch TV. The graphic images are really in effect icons. And I guess if all you do all day long is watch TV, then you have the icons memorized. Even for the programs you don't normally watch. We do not watch TV except during down times, when sick, or whatever. So the Icons are meaningless. Not having program names at the top level will not work for us.
Now I don't care what you call the interface, grid guide or master plan for the galaxy. But, at least for my family, give us the option to get information at the top level or we won't be your customer. Period.