That's why I said, "I don't know but I was told", but having said that one would assume he would have to be real creative to tell that fish story.
3 weeks before the HR20 was nationally released, I gave a presentation to 150+ detailing my experiences w/the HR20 as a beta tester, known issues and bugs, feature comparisons between the HR20 and the HR10-250 and so forth. I went out of my way to disclose to them that OTA port was inactive and would not be activated for some time.
The common response was relief
as their thought process was their installation and upgrade times would lower slightly by not having to struggle to install the OTA like they had with the HD-Tivo.
Fast forward a few weeks later- I'm getting calls from techs asking "I see the selection for "Satellite & Antenna" grayed out- how do I get it work?"
Each meeting, I would bring this issue up: "OTA port is not active etc. Please don't call me asking how to turn it on." Still got calls. Sent out memos. Still got calls.
Finally- we had a meeting and I told them why
the OTA port was disabled: "Recording conflicts."
"Everyone know about all the recording issues the R-15 has? Partial recordings, garbled or corrupted recordings?" I asked.
Everyone nodded their heads because this is one of the more frustrating issues to deal with as a tech- being sent out to fix something they have absolutely no control over like software bugs.
"If they turned on the OTA port tomorrow, the HR20 would have recording conflicts so bad, it would make the R15 look as reliable as a Tivo."
Haven't gotten a call since.
But... I like that theory alot more- it's a much better than saying, "I don't really know because I wasn't paying attention when I was being told the facts."
DISCLAIMER: There are other reasons why the OTA feature is being delayed than recording conflicts. To me, this is just the most important one.