Originally Posted by cosmicvoid
So, that must be the situation now, too. Every time the DHG is rebooted, the original Sony distributed version loads, and we depend on the overnight download to recapture a copy of the current version, right?
I'm not sure about that. What's lost in a factory reset is any upgrade made to the Sony's firmware (e.g., to .13) and your personal settings. I ran into this situation myself recently. I had done the f/w upgrade myself from .06 to .13 awhile back. Then I recently did a factory reset and the f/w reverted to the original .06, so I had to again do the upgrade via USB flash drive. However, the reset did not seem to affect the latest version of the TVGOS f/w (08.01.44) on my machine (I say "seem" because I didn't check until the next day).
If all that's been said previously about TVGOS 08.01.65 is true, then we could speculate that events might occur as follows: service providers (OTA & cable) make the new digital TVGOS available on their systems nationwide; TVGOS sends the upgrade to 08.01.65 over a current analog VBI feed; the new f/w searches for and finds the digital TVGOS data and we're up, running, and happy. Hopefully, we also get a clock signal from a digital channel, otherwise all of this is moot.
The kicker comes after Feb '09. If, for any reason, the Sony (and any other device using TVGOS ver 8) loses the f/w upgrade, there may no longer be any way to get the upgrade resent over an analog channel. A potential solution would be to make this upgrade do-able via the USB port, too. That would mean that Gemstar would have to make the file available as a download, and Sony would have to commit to a f/w patch that enables an upgrade to the TVGOS f/w via the USB port (maybe it already does and we just don't know it).
Like I said, pure speculation on my part.