Equipment

Navigate through the Alpha Menu

Summary

This article gives an overview of the Alpha Menu, the layout, and the menu options available.

Solution

Alpha Media Player Orientation

The Alpha Media Player experience starts with pressing the MENU button on the remote. You’ll then see the top level of the main menu, a horizontal band that runs across the middle of the screen and gives access to all of the main menu options.

Favorites
Channels
On Demand
Recorded TV
Settings

Favorites

A filter that lets you add your favorite TV, video, photo and music content to one convenient place.

Channels

A vertical menu that lists all available channels.

On Demand

Contains the VOD library of all available titles.

Recorded TV

A list of all of the programs you’ve recorded.

Settings

A category that allows you to customize your Alpha Media Player.
 
Phone
Search
Home Network
My.Net
News

Phone

A list of recent phone calls from your incoming lines.

Search

Options to search for programs by title, keyword, or by category.

Home Network

An easy way to enjoy media stored on your computer from the comfort of your TV.

My.Net

Coming Soon! A place to browse your favorite websites, as well as some designed specifically for TV.

News

A filter that displays all of the 24 hour news channels and current news programming.
 
TV Music
Photos
SuperTicker
Games
Sports

TV Music

A collection of TV music channels to match your taste and mood.

Photos

A category to browse photos from Flickr® and your computer in full HD on your TV.

SuperTicker

The SuperTicker lets you stay on top of the latest news, sports, scores and stocks without missing your show.

Games

A variety of classic games like Blackjack and Slotmachine.

Sports

A filter that displays all available sports content.
 
HDTV
Messages
Kids
Movies
   

HDTV

A filter that displays all of the high-definition content.

Messages

A place to receive messages about BendBroadband Alpha services and updates.

Kids

Access all children’s programming in one consolidated list.

Movies

A filter that displays all available movies, including live and recorded TV as well as VOD.
   

The Main Menu Layout

Alpha Main Menu Layout

1. TIME

With the current time, you’ll know when your show begins.

5. VERTICAL LIST

Contains all of the items in the current horizontal category.

2. CURRENT CHANNEL

Displays the channel that is playing in Mini TV. If the program is recorded, an icon will display the current status - i.e., play or pause.

6. INFO PANEL

Depending on the item in focus, this area either provides more information about that item or a selection of choices for that item.

3. MINI TV

Lets you keep watching your program while you browse.

7. CARD

Items in vertical lists are called cards.

4. FOCUS

The current selection is in the focus area of the menu. When cards are in focus, they appear raised and highlighted.

8. CATEGORY

Items in the horizontal band are called categories. When a category is in focus, the name of the category appears in the top of the focus area.

Horizontal Categories

Alpha Main Menu Horizontal Categories

Once you’ve pressed the MENU button to bring up the main menu, the top level of choices will appear in a horizontal band; use the left and right arrow buttons to browse through your choices. There are a couple of features to be aware of with the horizontal categories:

  1. Auto Expand

    When you bring a horizontal card into focus, all of the choices in that category will open up in a vertical list.

  2. Navigation Fade Back

    When a vertical list appears, the horizontal navigation fades. Simply pressing the left or right arrow buttons will bring the horizontal menu right back.

Vertical Lists

Alpha Main Menu Vertical Lists

End of List Marker

A thin, colored line that defines the beginning and end of a vertical list.

Option Card

Some categories contain cards that allow you to take action on the entire vertical list. Pressing OK on these option cards will reveal all of the actions available. Option cards will differ in appearance from the rest of the cards in the list. In some areas of the main menu, such as Find by Category, the option card will allow you to access a deeper level of the menu.

Turbo Scroll

If you hold down an arrow button, you can increase your browsing speed. The icons will help you quickly recognize media as it scrolls by.

Action Menus

Alpha Main Menu Action Menus

When you press INFO with an item in focus, you’ll get a list of options for that item in an action menu.

Use the up and down arrow buttons to scroll through your action menu options. Action menus have a focus, just like the main menu. To select an option, bring it into focus and press OK.

To close the action menu, either select close or press the left arrow button.

Mini TV

Alpha Main Menu Mini TV

The Mini TV lets you keep an eye on what you’re watching while you’re browsing the menu. The Mini TV will show you what’s currently playing, whether it’s a photos slideshow, TV program or Jukebox album.

  • To enjoy the media in the Mini TV full-screen, press ZOOM on your remote control.
  • To watch Live TV regardless of what’s playing in the Mini TV, press LIVE TV.

 

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