India’s most emerging Direct To Home Operator Videocon D2H upgraded their Set Top Box Software on 30/03/2010. Here at ShaswatPatel.com, we will give you information about latest changes after Software upgrade in Videocon D2H.
On 30-10-2010 , d2h updated the software, It was a really promising update according to my experience, and here are the main features of this update,
Modification to the visual theme,
This was one of my problems with d2h, The blue/grey/voilet theme of the earlier software version required some urgent changes, It has made lists and selections easy, The yellow colored highlighting now makes lists easier to read. See the theme colors from earlier version
Now see the same function screen after update
The selection appears much better with yellow highlighting. Now see the channel list, Here to the contrasting color scheme helps in clear reading
So we can say the main highlight of this update is the highlighting. However d2h forgot to do the same for Radio, Same old highlighting, They should have added the yellow highlighting here too
Now the other improvement is that the guide button of the remote can now be used to set the reminders and schedules of all sub-categories in the list, Earlier if you press this button the guide opened for sure, But if you select some sub-category, (say kids), it only showed “kids is empty, press any key” message, it is working now , But the EPG speed is still slow, So slow that you can actually take one screen shot of the blank screen in between, check the three screen shots below
Now select a category and press OK , see the slow change , this blank screen shows up in the middle
Even after waiting the EPG is still loading
Other than this , I feel the channel change times have improved and boot time itself has become faster, The normal boot screen is now back after Holi, Let us hope they wont update software to simply put new screens for Vishu, Baisakhi, Easter etc now. Heres the boot screen , this boot screen is the “Correct One”, Good to see it back.
Another major change is the VC-card number (fingerprinting) flashing on pay-channels, Well this one is now on a transparent blue coloured background, A welcome change and also does not obstruct your view very much, A very welcome change, Also it is to be noted that the d2h remote is not locked when this number is flashing, It is just there on the screen even if you change the channel when it is flashing, That is a good change, You do not need to miss the ball when the six is hit , You can actually see it. Even with the number flashing, I tried to get a screenshot, but sorry, that number don’t flash at my convenience, Also pressing the info button, brings the info very fast, However the temperature etc, info is still not available for every town in the list.
Overall the speed and performance of the box , Except for the crawling EPG has improved now.”
Now a major fear for all users was that the software update may actually lock us out from viewing FTA, But that proved baseless this time , Satellite addition and management do work even now, Good Going d2h, We love you for the same, That is what makes us back you as against all others,
Here’s the sat-management, FTA still working
This is from C-band Asiasat-5, Well adding c-band frequencies still dont work, Even though I tried selecting the lb type as c-band, You need to do it by using the workaround, we discussed earlier, But the fact that it is there is good news, Hope they will correct it sometime later.
Also check if the product id is as shown below after update
My observations are:
- Update actually is a good one, At least some problems are fixed here, and theme is now really usable,
- They need to speed up the Epg , Currently it takes too long to load
- Let us hope C-band works well too (That is not asking for too much)
- Still no autoscan feature, Even for KU-band
- Many channels have improved audio now, and channel change is a bit faster actually, (Even though I would like to see them change faster than this A little greedy here).
- I wish to see Kids channels with English language option, Especially cartoon network and Pogo, (Being south-Indian, English seems to be better than Hindi for Kids here)
- As for Nick and Disney, I had a problem earlier, that I need to select language as Hindi to get English and vice-verse, That is now working correctly.
So it is still work in progress,But d2h for sure is working on these things, Lets wish them Good Luck and hope they do fly high in the near future.