My two cents regarding the new firmware upgrade:
Negative issue: Occasionally now (infrequently), while trying to change the channel, I get a big delay (maybe approx. 10 seconds) from the time I press OK to the time the channel actually changes. (This never happened with the 111R firmware.) (I have not done a factory reset since the new firmware upgrade. The upgrade was just a straight upgrade. Since no one else has reported this issues, I guess I have to go through the pain of a factory reset.)
The good part of the firmware upgrade is I am happy with the volume fix and the fact new episodes are marked with the "New" label.