DTV Modules - Version 1.1


We now have some preliminary designs to illustrate what we think a version 1.1 update will look like.  The upgrades currently on the table are:

1. Make the full day view easier to find
2. Provide an easy to find full week view
3. Add calendar-style navigation to the jump-to date menu
4. Make episode descriptions easier to find within the program information pane
5. Update overal organization of the full grid template to make core features easier to find
6. Make it easier for stations to remove the vertical scroll bar by adding it as a customization option in SRC

Before I run through these designs, I need to share one big caveate:

These designs could change - the technical requirements for these updates have not been confirmed, and it is possible that we'll have to make decisions about removing or modifying certain new features in order to roll this update out as quickly as possible.

With that, here's what we're thinking:

Example 1 -  Updated Default View of theFull Grid:

schedule_grid_redux_3a.jpg

Tabs have been added across the top of the grid to provide clearer access to full day and full week views.  The date setting has been moved down to be more closely associated with the grid itself. (Note that the multi-station implementation would only exist on pbs.org.  The station version would only contain your own channels)
 
Example 2-  New Full Week View:

schedule_grid_redux_3c.jpg

In order to fit a full weeks programming in a resonable amount of space, we will likely need to prevent episode titles, closed captioning and HD information from appearing in the grid view.  This information would still be available when a program title is clicked.

Example 3 - Calendar Navigation:

schedule_grid_calendar1.jpg

The calendar would appear when a user goes to select a date in the jump-to menu, similar to the user experience on many travel sites.

Example 4 - Updated Program Information Pane:

schedule_grid_proginfo1.jpg

When a user clicks on a program title in the grid, their first view of the program information pane would contain the description of that episode when the data is available. 

What do you think?  Are these changes on the right track?  Are we wasting our time with any of these new features?

As mentioned in yesterday's user-testing post, we're spending the next two weeks confirming the technical scope of making these changes and will be presenting a mocked-up version of the updated grid as part of the overall DTV user testing at the end of this month.

Update [3.20.09] -  To respond to Mike's question, here's the mock up of the full week print view:

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12 Comments

  1. Posted March 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Great. Do you have an more info on how the weekly print option will work/look? That's what our users are clamoring for.

    Mike
    KETC/St. Louis

  2. Posted March 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Mike,

    The idea is to keep the print view basic and clean. It will be modeled off of what what available in the old modules.

    I've updated the entry above to include a mock-up.

  3. Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for the update Sara! The print option is EXACTLY what I was hoping to see!

    Mike

  4. Posted March 20, 2009 at 7:12 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Very glad to see each and every one of these improvements!

  5. Vinod
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 5:02 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Where can I find the manual/help documentation of the product which will usable for the developer ?

  6. Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Vinod- are you with a station? Documentation for stations is available in Station Remote Control. http://www.pbs.org/remote.control/toolsindex/tools/index.html?category=TV%20schedules

  7. Kent Osborne
    Posted April 1, 2009 at 2:22 PM | Permalink | Reply

    looks great... how about time zones?

  8. Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kent - Unfortunately not in v.1.1. We haven't figured out a solution to the time zone issue yet (Kent is referring an outstanding limitation of the modules - when a station broadcasts to more than one time zone, the modules only display schedules for the time zone where the station is located).

  9. Posted April 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Sara & Co.,

    Noticed a new entry (4/17) in SRC = "Sneak Peak at DTV Module Updates"-- is that referring to this post, or is there somewhere else we can look at an online version of ver1.1?

    Can't wait for the weekly view, calendar navigation, and the change to the program description pane (we get comments about not having specific episode descriptions-- they're there, just not on that first click!). Is there an estimated delivery date (sorry, had to ask)?

    This is a great module-- thanks!

  10. Posted April 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kevin,

    We don't have a working example of the updated modules to look at yet (The title of the 4/17 SRC entry should have been referring to the latest posting that outlines WTIU's Newsmatters project - that's been corrected now). We're still completing the functional spec that confirms the programming that needs to be done to make the update happen. Once that is complete, which should be soon, we'll be able to post an update with a projected timeline.

    We'll also be adding another post soon that outlines the results of the user testing we did on the modules a little over a week ago, the results of which are also being fed into the v1.1 update.

  11. Posted June 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Sara & Co.,
    Just checking in to see if there is any status on the release of the new versions?

    Also, is there any difference btwn the DTV Kids What's On module and the DTV What's On module? We already have the DTV What's On module on our site, so should I just replicate that instance for our kids pages or does the Kids What's On module include anything different?
    Thanks,
    Kevin

  12. Posted June 9, 2009 at 9:28 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kevin,

    Funny you should ask. Yesterday Marla Krueger posted an update here.

    The Kids What's On is very similar to the regular What's On module. The only difference is it filters out everything except Kids programming. Some stations like to use it on their kids page to highlight when the kids programs are coming on.

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