Originally Posted by vegggas
NO, They do NOT support it yet and it has not been officially released as a product enhancement yet. The physical port is activated in firmware, just as a SATA port on a motherboard is physically enabled, but they are not supporting any software for usage. It is for future enhancement, just like the USB port was supposed to be, but no cable co's support it. The official released product will have a GUI that customers can see and use to sort, archive and use other features of the external connection.
Just because the STB can make a great doorstop or boat anchor, doesn't meant SA supports that function of it.
Vegggas, I know that you have a good deal of insight into cable companies so I am a bit puzzled by your response. I'd appreciate clarification:
They do NOT support it yet and it has not been officially released as a product enhancement yet.
How does this square with the official SA documentation on-line? From that, it certainly appears that it has been "officially released".
The official released product will have a GUI that customers can see and use to sort, archive and use other features of the external connection
There is a GUI that customers can see and use - but not sort. It does archive (to VCR/DVD) like the internal drive. SA has kept the interface simple - by integrating the external drive as much as possible. Perhaps you have some insight into future plans - but, to me, it appears that this (external drive) is a fully functioning "feature".
I've always understood that SA does not support their products directly - that they depend on the cable companies to do that. While I am surprised by Andy A's being able to talk to them I don't understand why pepar seems so outraged (perhaps he just likes to flame SA).