Just to update my post above....
Had a tech out here today who got on the phone with someone in their "Level 3 Tech Support" who confirmed a software update pushed out last week disabled the HDMI ports on legacy SA8300HD boxes running MDN. The mystery caller then said there was nothing they could do about it. Of course, that's a lie. They don't care about MDN anyway, why not just re-load the previous version? There appeared to be no benefit to this "upgrade"; it only took something away. The tech thinks they're just trying to push people out of those boxes, and I - being one of the only, if not the
only person using the HD box with an expansion drive - am basically collateral damage. I hate to say it, but he's probably right.
If there was a way to off-load my HD content from the expansion drive, it wouldn't be so bad. But the drive is tied to this particular DVR with a proprietary encryption key, as ke4pym mentions above.
This is exactly what happened to me back in August of '06 when an upgrade flushed the firewire ports, as I described above. I guess the eSATA port I use with the expansion drive is next.
Speaking of, am I really the only guy in the local TWC group here on AVS (besides ke4ypm - are you seeing this?) that's using an expansion drive with their TWC-issued DVR? Really...?? I thought this was a tech-savvy group.
Anybody have any idea what I can do or who I can speak with that might be able to help? They've erected an impenetrable firewall between the customer and anyone in engineering where the solution to this problem lies.