V8S Newbie in Trouble after upgrade

Hi all and sorry for this rather novice post
Had an Openbox for a while but don't use it much. Did a firmware upgrade tonight (well it seemed like a good idea!) and and finally got back to a working channel list.
The XMLTV EPG still does not work (Channel decompress failed).
- Is that me or is it still broken
- Is there an alternative

Some movies dont play (Codec not supported) Is there an update to the media player or an alternative

Is there anything else new in the last 18 months or so that I should get

Thanks for an info