Ive just updated my apps and saw the change log includes a clock on the guide. Great and not before time. Also added are progress bars for shows which is interesting, I think.
However, it feels to me that there is a more simple UI that could be implemented here. From what I can tell, the clock as implemented is a tiny dot that moves across guide timeline. Beneath that, the shows that are currently showing have a thin line that progresses from left to right.
Because the guide doesn’t let you scroll backwards in time, for long shows, this show progress bar doesn’t align with the small ‘clock’ dot at the top. Similar issues occur with really short shows. I think this is weird and makes it look confusing.
I would suggest a better UI would be for the guide to allow scrolling backwards. This would be really handy anyway to see when shows started and something I’ve wanted for a long time. A simple drop line from the ‘clock’ dot would be a much more clear indication of how far through a show you are.
It would be fewer UI elements, it would be less confusing and it would make the clock much more legible.
As they are currently implemented, I don’t find the progress bars especially useful. I would find it much clearer to scroll back, see when a show started and spatially relate that to the current time, ideally with a drop line to make it visually bolder than the tiny dot.