Since January from CES, we knew a new SageTV version was coming which would include a new UI. I’ve had the opportunity to preview this significant update and will run through the new features, changes and improvements – which are now available in beta form.
Probably on the most-requested list for SageTV developers is a re-write of the user interface. The default SageTV UI has evolved over the years, but cosmetically it’s looked and worked about the same. With version 7, the SageTV team has made some significant changes with the interface that they hope will please those that liked the old UI the way it was as well as those looking for a more attractive appearance.
While many will focus on the new UI, transitions and effects, the more subtle, under-the-hood SageTV changes make this version a huge leap forward. For example, the new plugin manager makes installing and updating add-ons incredibly easy – I can’t stress enough how much of an improvement this is to those that use SageTV. Other non-UI items that are on the list of things I’m really appreciating here include the improved HD-PVR performance, improved HD200 performance (it handles navigation very fast), no more “pause” between shows when watching television live.
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