ron2112 wrote:I love it, love it, love it! This is really great, I used it throughout the evening last night and had absolutely no problems. Of course it would be ideal to have playback in there, but that's not your fault. Since that's my only nit to pick, consider this a rave review.
Glad you like it!
ron2112 wrote:One observation: I've noticed that, on certain screen at least, the data seems to be pulled in two passes. I noticed this when going into Genres. The title information, including poster art, loads first. But my ratings and the HD status of each title don't appear until a refresh about 20-30 seconds later. I'm not sure if that's a bug, a performance compromise, or a workaround of a NF limitation. Going into a specific title shows this information immediately.
Not a bug. It's both a performance compromise AND a Netflix limitation workaround, so great observation! The first pass pulls back basic title information to populate the list as quickly as possible. The second pass pulls back your specific ratings and some additional title details (like HD availability), which is a much more expensive call. When you open a title's details, if that second pass hasn't run yet, it loads that additional details for that title immediately.
ron2112 wrote:I do have one feature request (and I recognize that the above paragraph may be a deal-breaker on this one). It would be great to be able to filter by, or at least browse, HD titles only. It could be a category, or it could be an option in the Settings screen, whatever. I've become a bit of an HD snob since upgrading to my HDTV, and the signal-to-noise ratio on NF is still pretty low, especially when you can only identify HD titles by scrolling over them. The NF website has a Watch Instantly category for HD -- perhaps that could be exploited?
Without getting too technical... the catalog I use to pull back that first pass of data doesn't seem to have accurate HD data. In fact, it only has HD availability information for television series. I tried to do an HD category, but couldn't get there with the current tools. If that changes, I'll definitely add it to the channel, as it's a feature I'd use quite a bit myself!