Originally Posted by Jason Merrick
A few questions I have, are:
1) Is there anyway to add a 5-minute (or any other multi-minute) skip forward button?
No. The 5-minute forward function is automatically associated with the page-up button, and the 5-minute back function is automatically associated with the page-down button... on the A28 software.
Once you get A28 and the function becomes available, you will then be able to assign/reassign them to other keys if you don't like where they are. Page-up is EFC code 00176, and page-down is EFC code 00172, and the new A28 software responds with the 5-minute advance/rewind to buttons assigned with those codes when the "cable" device has previously been pressed.
But the functions themselves are simply not implemented on A24 (i.e. the 74.xxx software you currently have on your DCX3400). Nothing you can do about this, and default "cable" function for page-up under current A24 software is simply "null" (i.e. no function), and for page-down is 15-second rewind.
3) Unfortunately, the same crappy guide that was on my old boxes is on these boxes as well. Not sure how to identify it, but it has the TV Guide logo on every page. My software is 74.54 - 4003 with a Firmware version of 22.37.
That's the A24 iGuide software version I mentioned above. That's the current iGuide software TWC/LA has available on most of LA. Some users in some areas have received an early version of A28, but it has not been rolled out wide yet.
Firmware version 22.37 is totally unrelated to the iGuide software which is A24/74.xxx.
Are there any plans to update the guide or software?
Signs of upcoming A28 wide distribution have been observed. But not yet.
I have already seen the same problems we had with the old boxes where you press a button and there is no response, so you press it again, and again (well, my wife does, not me!) and eventually the box issues all of those commands at once.
This is called "key queuing", and will probably be the most noticeable change for users with A28.
This feature has been eliminated with A28. No more stacking up of unresponded-to button pushes. Now, the function will either be responded to or ignored (if the CPU is 100% busy doing something else). If ignored, you'll just have to push it a second (or third, etc.) time and it will eventually be responded to.
I've heard that this significant design change has done wonders for overall response of all boxes (both DCH and DCX) when A28 is installed. The A28 response time in general seems to be much much zippier.
Also, A28 has a new "folder" approach to collect multiple recordings of the same show, which is a convenience.
Also, there is a "DVR History" function that keeps track of previously recorded and/or deleted and/or un-scheduled shows, which greatly improves "tie breaking" when deciding whether or not to schedule upcoming non-first-run recordings when you have "series/first-run" specified but the show is repeated multiple times per day or week. This doesn't work too well with A24, even though you'd think the presence of "new" and "repeat" in the Guide cell info would be sufficient. Anyway, word is that it's much better in A28 and I'm sure it's this "DVR History" folder (which can be viewed, and purged) that is to be thanked.
Be patient. It will arrive.