We are now into the second quarter of 2009, but Intel will soon release its X.Org driver for Q1'09. While late, the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver update SDVO-TV support, basic SDVO-LVDS support, tear-free X-Video support, and many bugs have been fixed.
Just before calling it a week, Carl Worth released the third release candidate for the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 (version 18.104.22.1683). Since the second release candidate, 38 changes have been made, which mostly fix a variety of small bugs. Before releasing the Intel 2.7 driver there are still four outstanding bugs, which can be tracked via the Intel 2D tracker bug
The xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 RC3 driver release announcement can be read on the X.Org mailing list
with the source download links.