My 8300HD got a update, the graphics are better, the layout makes more sense than before and I got 4x fast forward, including a more complete description of the info on screen after the recording is done with, something only the 8300HDC unit in the other room had before. While this was a rather subtle update to this box, it is a welcome one.
I didn't really notice anything on the 8300HDC to report, other than when you go to delete a program or series of because you watched in another room already, the process is slightly faster, now.
It sounds like you have the legacy box (No C, not a Samsung) Because those boxes are no longer being made, TWC will likely only be doing bug fixes for these models.
Did you get Guide Filtering in this update? Press Guide twice and you can filter search results by Subscribed Channels, Favorite Channels, HD, and PPV. The stupid thing is that it only works during the search. TWC's twisted logic is they don't want you to permanently be able to show only subscribed channels for example. They want you to see a package in the guide that you don't have and order it. The legacy version of these boxes is MDN. The newer version of the boxes (a C in the model number or a Samsung) is called ODN.
GP, you might have also gotten the return of Sort by Favorites and/or the return of the Favorite Channels List. My source says that this was added back to MDN boxes. (Check Settings and Favorite Channels to see if there is something added.)
I don't have an MDN box anymore. Still wish I did, because they are faster!
It looks like TWC is finishing up the updates for the legacy boxes. It is believed that the next update for ODN may included the guide filtering and the favorite channels list expandability.
The ODN build (C-boxes and Samsungs) got 4x RR/FF and DVR Compensation added. Guide Transparency is added and there might be expanded Bookmarks for Start Over and Look Back.
The next big update for ODN is going to be an Auto HD update setting that can be turned on or off. When turned on, the guide will "auto tune" to any corresponding HD channel for both playback AND recording if an SD channel is selected! When activated, it acts to stop uninformed people from recording SD content thinking it is HD, but also allows people to concern DVR drive space by turning it off if the source program is not HD, or for those times that creep up when the HD version of the channel does not come in due to SDV issues.
I want Keyword Search though! DAMN IT!!!!! It's ridiculous to fart around with that keyboard when all you get are title results. This is great for movies, but little else, as Sports Games and teams are not often organized by show titles, making the keyboard useless in this regard. I do think TWC cares about this feature, because we have seen it on Remote DVR Manager and also next month, (if it has not been released already) an update will be provided for i-Guide that will include keyword description search, I heard through the grapevine from higher ups that TWC is working to improve the search functionality of the boxes, so there is hope! I hope!