We wanted to go for a simpler, clean look. For every one of us techie people who like blinkenlights, there are dozens more who don't understand them and don't want them.
I am shocked, SHOCKED! to hear that there are dozens of non-techies that even know that HDHomeRuns exist, much less want to buy one. They need some technical ability to get one working with whatever compatible display devices they may have, especially if it involves a build-your-own DVR, possibly involving a NAS. And those who buy the Primes need to be super-techies to educate their cable support contacts in how to authorize/validate/beatify their CableCARDs.
But there are several solutions that should satisfy everyone (at slightly increased cost, of course).
1) Put the usual lights behind a dark, translucent front panel and either add a physical switch to disable them or provide the option in software.
2) Add an opaque snap-on cover to hide the lights.
3) Put a strip of black electrical tape in the kit with detailed instructions on how to apply it.
Finally, there's a very useful light I'd like to see added: one that flashes when the supply voltage gets out of range or the ripple gets too high. I've been following this forum for years, and about the only hardware failures involve the power supply, which is easy to replace if you know that's the problem.