A new software update started spooling at 3 AM today for the DishPlayers (models 7100 and 7200). It is Web TV CLIENT 18.104.22.168 (version 16914). The changes in this version are:
- Notices, Instant News and Games have been removed.
- Available drive space is shown (in percentage) on the recorded programs page.
- Search has been added on the TV Home page. The Help and Settings selections have been moved to the bottom of the screen.
- MSN Messenger changes have been done to allow those that use it to keep using it.
Now that the Instant News and Games are gone MSN is not supplying any data for the DishPlayer (with the change in the previous CLIENT software release MSN stopped supplying the guide information). I have heard that this may be the last CLIENT release for the DishPlayer unless serious bugs are found in this CLIENT release. DISH will continue to do RECEIVER software upgrades for the DishPlayer if they are required. The DishPlayer will NOT be getting SuperDish support.
I have not heard anything new about the PTV fee. Those that have been getting it without paying the $9.99 monthly fee should continue to get it until at least the end of the year.