How do I know what's coming up? Check the CE Announcements forum at the top of this forum. You may subscribe to this thread, but you will need to resubscribe every quarter. If CE Notes are available before the download window, they will be located in this forum. After the window opens, they will be moved to the Cutting Edge Issues forum.
How risky is this process? Every download has a risk level attached to it. Here's a primer to help you understand:
Customer Candidate - This one is self explanatory. Basically it's ready to become a national release but there is some additional testing necessary - either by DIRECTV or by the CE team - before it is qualified as a NR.
Moderate Risk - There are some changes that may cause problems, but there is less concern. Typically there is some fairly decent testing, but nothing close to the exhaustive testing necessary for a NR.
High Risk - Often firmware that is hot off the press or has undergone significant changes. There is a much higher chance that things will not work as expected despite DIRECTV's best efforts. This is usually early in a cycle. Historically, even the High Risk versions have worked well, but this is not always the case.
Very High Risk - Watch out! There is very likely something that is broken.
How do I know if a download is ready to go? Check out the Chat Room at the time listed in the announcement.
How do I do the download? Read this thread for more information.
Can I stop a download in progress? Yes, as long as it has not reached 90%. Push the red reset button on your receiver to stop a download.
How do I get back to the national release? Use the same steps you used to download the Cutting Edge release but do so when the Cutting Edge software is no longer available.
Edited by Scott Kocourek, 16 September 2011 - 08:38 AM.