Originally Posted by hdtvfan2005
jcalabria mentioned a v5.2 something in the diag menu.
That could be it. But note that we won't have an official build until release. Reliable sources say that the new guide is going out to both ODN/MDN builds. ODN will be first. (Because it is newer. It is likely that it will trickle down to MDN at a later time.) But remember that the MDN boxes are being phased out and are becoming harder and harder to get. TWC is going to try to give Navigator better functionality across the boxes.
I have heard that at some point down the road, the guide will be a true HD 16x9, but for the 16x9 HD feature, you will have to have a Cisco, New Motorola, or Samsung box for that. MDN and older SA-boxes that run ODN, can't do HD guide rendering. The newer boxes, won't stretch anymore. But I would expect several months of roll-outs and new feature evaluations before they do the 16x9 guide.
I heard they are going to try to make it look like Direct TV and that searching for information will be much easier than what they have now.
Those with drive expanders who enjoy their faster MDN boxes, the word is not encouraging for E-SATA support for ODN builds. Subs will get 500GB with a Whole House DVR set-up and from what I heard 320GB from the newer Cisco's and Samsungs that are not multi-room. However, E-SATA support is mostly miss on the ODN boxes, regardless of ODN make/model.
I have a question. For those that still have a legacy MDN box (No C, no Samsung, old Motorola) and you attach say a Western Digital Drive Expander to it, how much space could that bring you up to from the MDN's limited 160GB's of storage? A relative of mine has had an SA-8300HD for six years with a drive expander, and to this day is amazed at how fast it is compared to the ODN boxes.
Oh another question, How does the speed of the modern Motorola's, Cisco's, and Samsungs running ODN Navigator, compare with the great speed of MDN on the old SA-8240's and SA-8300? What MDN boxes out there (both DVR and non-DVR) are NOT fast with Navigator? I had my SA-8300HD two years ago, and it smoked! Friends say the very, very old SA-8000HD was extremely slow.
What about non-DVR boxes out there that still are on MDN in terms of speed?