Please see the BrightSign product line for digital signage solutions... It uses BrightScript as well, and allows you to auto load channels etc...http://www.brightsign.biz/
We have no plans to disable the IR or auto load channels on the Roku box.
Sorry to resurrect this thread, but is your lack of plans due to technical or business reasons? I ask only because I mentioned this same exact topic in the wrong forum section. The two threads I mentioned this in the Roku Streaming Player General Discussion section were:
With a retail list price of $399
for a BrightSign HD210
, a Roku XD|S can be purchased for a fourth of the price of the least expensive network-capable BrightSign. In addition, there is a built in IR-port along with an included remote control. Auto-loading of channels would seem to be a minor concession to developers/end-users who like the feature-set and price of the Roku XD|S but would like to use them in some ways that they would use a BrightSign unit.
Ideally, this would not be a permanent mode nor would it be hard to disable. Just as one is able to reorder the channel icons on the main menu, an additional option could be added to have a given channel start automatically when the device is powered on.
If this a business decision, could Roku offer a BrightSign XD|S exactly as-is now but with auto-loading for $299? I realize this seems a bit silly but you've made a decent product with the Roku Streaming Players. H.264 and HLS are current technologies, MPEG-2 transport stream files and the somewhat complex syncing model are dated to a certain extent. Making a channel that could playback H.264 encoded files via HLS and off of a USB drive on a XD|S would be wonderful but being able to auto-load is somewhat crucial, which is most likely why Roku has hesitated on adding that functionality.
My solution to the desire to disable the IR-port would be to place a piece of black electrical tape over the IR-port.