dravenstone said 'This all started with 66C'. Why would the remote, iPad etc fail and/or some interference back-light suddenly start with a firmware update? It wouldn't.
When he gets 6bd his remote and iPad will suddenly be fixed and the back-light interference will go away.. At least for the most part.
When I got 6bd it did improve but I'm hoping that the next update will get us back to performance we had a few months ago before the burst of updates hit.
Bottom line - the updates need to be better tested before DirecTV sends them out. How/why the CE people don't see these problems is still a mystery. Some suggest that people make up these troubles but it that is the case why the pattern of new update after new update after new update. How many 'updates' have there been in the last 3 or 4 months. Maybe it is because the CE testers restart their receivers every week - who knows... Time for changes in the process!