Bright House Networks has launched a new guide called Digital Navigator, which the company claimed makes searching through hundreds of channels of digital and high-definition (HD) programming easier, faster and more efficient.
The navigator features easy-to-read screens, a consolidated access menu and a helpful guide to what's-on-now programming sorted by categories. It is first available for its growing number of digital cable subscribers throughout central Indiana.
The new navigator makes virtually anything a Bright House customer wants to find accessible via just three buttons on a digital remote: the A, B or C buttons. Improved DVR menus in the navigator give customers greater options as they wish to record and save their favorite programming.
The "A" button gives a viewer a new look at the Access Menu that offers movies on-demand, premiums on-demand, free on-demand, HDTV channels and customer favorites, including news, weather and children categories. The "B" button allows a viewer to search current and upcoming programming by category, title and rating. The "C" button is like an Internet browser's back button and returns the digital remote to its most recent menus.
"The Digital Navigator also includes improved controls that allow parents more abilities to block content from their children's view by content advisory, such as language and violence," said Buz Nesbit, president of Bright House Networks Indiana. "And now, a keyboard search allows viewers to use their digital remote to type in the name of the show they want to watch and find it quickly."
And an on-screen Caller ID on TV shows viewers who's calling their home while they're watching TV. All Bright House Networks digital video and home phone subscribers have Caller ID on TV for free, which also allows them to review past and missed calls without interruption of their programming.
Aside from the launch of the Digital Navigator, two other new video features will be coming soon to Bright House digital subscribers.
Quick Clips is coming soon on Digital Navigator, available exclusively to Bright House digital customers. Quick Clips allows viewers to check out short-form videos related to the channel they're watching without having to leave the channel, along with quick access to other related channels. For example, a viewer watching CNN could check out video clips on recent news items or tune to CNN HD or CNN On-Demand.
Quick Clips will be available for several popular channels on the Bright House system, including The Weather Channel, Comedy Central, MTV, CNN, CNBC, Showtime and Fox Reality. New networks equipped with Quick Clips are scheduled to be available throughout 2009.
Also coming soon is Start Over, also free. Start Over enables digital subscribers to restart live TV programming from the beginning with the simple touch of a button on their digital remote. Start Over also allows viewers to pause a show for up to five minutes, rewind a program while it's on and restart the same program multiple times during its broadcast time.