A few more observations:
- The 16:9 HD guide/menus looks like crap (distorted fonts/graphics) if you access them while tuned to an SD channel if you have the box set to output native resolutions. The fix is to disable 480i (and 480p) output on the box. I would prefer not doing this, but its mainly an academic preference that has little or no practical consequence at this point since there is essentially no SD programming that I ever watch anymore. If a more graceful way of handling the higher res menus on SD channels could not be found, TWC programmers should have had the forethought to automatically disable SD output resolutions when the HD menus are activated.
- I definitely do not have any of the advanced search features enabled (actually found an "Advanced Search = False" listing in the ODN diagnostics). However, a limited form of it is present in the new OnDemand portal... limited to searching OnDemand content, of course. Seems to work OK... don't really care because I pretty much have no use for search features anyway.
- One negative on the new DVR listings is that it takes a couple of more button presses than it previously took to initiate playback of a recorded show... Not just opening the folder for the series... there's an extra step after that, too.
- Twice now I've entered into a guide or menu and have had the screen doubled vertically (two copies of the menu/guide stacked on top of each other). I had previously had a similar occurrence right after the initial ODN6 upgrade, except the first time the graphics were doubled horizontally and this time they are doubled vertically. Cycling the power button fixes it.
Can you tell me if when you pause a show, then hit (exit) to get rid of banner, then frame advance (right arrow), does the banner come back? It might be different when watching live TV, compared to a recording too.
Now if it does.. can you hit EXIT again, and then continue to to go frame by frame, without the banner coming back again?
I remember on old SARA boxes that the banner would stay gone so you could frame by frame the program after pausing so that you could see the entire screen.
It's especially annoying when watching, for instance, a boxing match and trying to determine if one boxer had his foot onto of the other boxers foot which causes a trip and knock down.. Something like that, or watching a car crash in racing frame-by-frame. So annoying that the banner keeps coming back.
I had an update last night, and I tested that out, and the banner stayed gone, then later yesterday it was like before.. it came back. Then I tried it again later at night last night (a few hours ago) and the banner stayed gone again.
Not sure what's going on. I did not have any of those updates you mentioned, but last night around 2:30am I lost phone, internet and cable at the same time, cable box rebooted, modem rebooted, and everything was fine.. But it seems like a big update of some sort.