Just got another callback from the rep. at DIRECTV's Office of the President (Ellen Filipiak's group) on the issue of removal of the Genie's OTA scanning capability in this FW update.
She contacted engineering and they state that the OTA scanning was never intended to be included as a feature of the Genie to begin with, and was serendipitous.
It was therefore removed at their discretion for reasons they didn't specify..
They also said they felt safe doing it due to lack of interest since both the AM21's usage today is very low as most markets are covered pretty thoroughly by their locals through the satellite, and this OTA scanning capability was little known or understood by almost all subscribers anyhow.
She then concluded at the end that its gone and don't look for it to return and if you want those secondary sub-channels you have to get them from an OTA ATSC tuner on your TV or something.
Though she did make a note that this was a feature one of our subscribers would like.
Yeah right, nice lady but still a major "yuck" ... to DIRECTV STB Engineering for this.
Edited by HoTat2, 21 July 2013 - 04:21 PM.