Well, technically it's the Sara electronic program guide by Scientific Atlanta that provides the new features. I noticed the other day that my settops restarted on channel 1 which is an indication that they received a software upgrade. Nothing is announced and there is no indication about anything that's changed so I find it a personal challenge when this happens to track down the changes by exploration (rather than searching some yet to be invented global repository of data that has some means of searching...)
Anyway, I quickly found 4 features, two of which I've been lamenting the absence of for some time:
- When selecting a in-progress recording from the 'list', now you are presented with a choice of whether to start watching at the current point, start watching from the beginning, or to stop recording (with a keep or discard option). The 'start from beginning' feature has been absent prior to this update and a real sore point with me.
- When watching a recorded show you can now see the title and original air date in the info bar. Furthermore, pressing info actually displays the original program description. Nice
- The flip bar will now display TV and MPAA ratings along with the title
- When a recording ends, the status bar indicates you can press 'Live' for live TV (not really sure what the benefit is here)