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Instead of being numbered in some arcane, non-standard, and difficult-to-remember fashion, manufacturers of TV tuners (TVs, VCRs, cable boxes, etc.) might do better to assign channels a logical name. Many TV listings give channels standard and easy-to-remember names like TWC for The Weather Channel,
or FOODP for the Pacific feed of Food Network. LCD and on-screen displays should show these shortnames instead of the arcane numbers.
How would the user quickly select a channel with their remote? Would they need a QWERTY keyboard? Would the remote have a cellphone-like method for alphabetic character entry? Or would an intelligent on-screen menu (e.g. one that is sorted by genre in a 2-layer fashion, or that knows which channels are your favorites) be good enough?
||Isn't it quicker and simpler just to use the
on-screen menu and pick the channel
name you want to watch? This always
seems to list the channels in numeric
order, but it shows their names. It can't be
that difficult to make the TV's software
show them in alphabetical order.
||And you can already build lists of
favourites on most new sets.