What you should not do
Do not contact DIRECTV
You agree that all support for this software will be through DBSTalk.com. Contacting DIRECTV about your receivers while they are running pre-release software is grounds for immediate removal from the group.
Do not post about Cutting Edge versions in public forums
The Cutting Edge program is located in a private area that requires opting in for access. This is to protect the information so that it cannot be easily searched on the Internet. All Cutting Edge discussion should take place here in the Cutting Edge forums. You should never post information about the Cutting Edge versions in public areas either on DBSTalk.com or other forums.
Do not download just to get a new feature
Cutting edge versions are typically not "customer ready" which means that there is an increased chance that a major bug may exist.
Do not download if you are unwilling to risk it all
If you are not willing to accept these risks, then do not download a cutting edge version to your receiver.
Do not create polls right after a download
All polls created on the first day a cutting edge release is available or on the two (2) days following the day a cutting edge release is available will be deleted without discussion. The reason for this is to give people a chance to see the changes in action before passing judgment.
What you should do
Understand a cutting edge version may not be stable
This is the cutting edge. There is a chance that your receiver may stop working. There is a chance that you may lose all of your programming. Understand that there are no guarantees of anything.
Understand there is a chance of decreased performance
A cutting edge version often includes new pieces of code as enhancements are added and bugs are fixed. As a result, there are times when the performance will decrease.
Report issues at DBSTalk
You should report issues whenever appropriate, so as to improve the software in future releases. All reports should be made @ DBSTalk.com in the Cutting Edge forum. Do not contact DIRECTV or post issues in the general forum area.
Inform all members of your household
Make sure folks who use this receiver understand that everything could be lost. Downloading a cutting edge version could lead to unsatisfactory results.
Understand that participation is voluntary
No one is forcing you to participate in the Cutting Edge program. If you are dissatisfied with your receivers while running pre-release software, you have one and only one recourse: revert to the national release.
Have the right equipment
In order to participate in the Cutting Edge Program, you must have the right receiver. This list includes an HR, H, D or R series receiver from DIRECTV.
While the Cutting Edge Program is a cooperative effort, DirecTV and DBSTalk are not affiliated. DBSTalk is ultimately not responsible for any issues related to DIRECTV hardware, software and programming.
These rules are subject to change at anytime without notice.
Edited by Doug Brott, 27 July 2009 - 04:20 PM.