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Liberty

join:2005-06-12
Tucson, AZ
Reviews:
·Cox HSI

When TV Guide goes away

Some markets have lost it already while others will drop off by 4/12

The onscreen tv guide for off air tv programing for TVs that support it are losing the service soon
From what I have read, some cable companies are losing it too

I found an app that helps
It is advertised for only iphone but works on my iPad
The app is ok but I prefer the web version much more

»www.titantv.com


darcilicious
Cyber Librarian
Premium
join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
kudos:4
said by Liberty:

From what I have read, some cable companies are losing it too

Where did you read this exactly? Most if not all cable/satellite providers purchase their guide info and make it available via set-top boxes. Or are you referring to the PSIP data that comes with most unencrypted digital cable channels?

Another good website is zap2it.com and, of course, there's always tvguide.com (which also has an app.)

As far as iOS apps go, I prefer TV Forecast (HD) which lets me know when the next episode of my favorite show is coming up. I rarely want or even need a full TV guide.

Another app along these lines is AOL TV. And I'm sure there are many many more...
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Edrick
I aspire to tell the story of a lifetime
Premium
join:2004-09-11
Woburn, MA
reply to Liberty
Are you talking about the actual channel you put on that scrolls through a TV Guide? IE not the Interactive Guide?

If so I haven't seen that channel in years.

Liberty

join:2005-06-12
Tucson, AZ
Reviews:
·Cox HSI
reply to Liberty
"Rovi TV guide broadcast data will be discontinued in North America starting Nov. 1 and ending April 2013"

»forums.cnet.com/7723-7596_102-57···america/

The guide on my Sony Tv began displaying a warning a few weeks ago


darcilicious
Cyber Librarian
Premium
join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
kudos:4
reply to Liberty
Interesting. However, it's extremely unlikely that this will affect cable/satellite DVRs or PVRs that use other sources for guide data (Rovi is not the only provider, and in fact, I'd guess they were doing it so cheaply, they can no longer afford to do it).

Another good read, especially the comments:
»www.dtvusaforum.com/content/966-···ers.html
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howardfine

join:2002-08-09
Saint Louis, MO
reply to Liberty
When I was a kid, I sold TV guide subscriptions door-to-door. sigh


Octavean
Premium,MVM
join:2001-03-31
New York, NY
kudos:1
reply to Liberty
I believe I can change the source of guide information for the DVR software I use. Not good to see some people may have a problem with this but there is likely a way around it.

decx
Premium
join:2002-06-07
Vancouver, BC

1 edit
reply to Liberty
From the information available at present it seems that only devices that uses TVGOS data that is inserted by the broadcaster is affected. Newer devices that is internet capable and has a TVGOS client that can pull data from the internet shouldn't be affected by the shutdown.


banditws6
Shrinking Time and Distance
Premium
join:2001-08-18
Frisco, TX
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
reply to Liberty
Ugh, so my TV that's connected directly via coax to my OTA antenna (without a DVR) won't get program information anymore? This is actually the first I've heard of this, so thanks for the heads-up.

Edit: As decx See Profile notes, this might not apply if the TV gets that data over the Internet. I just have a feeling it doesn't in my case. I'm gonna look that up.

modelamac

join:2002-04-13
Waterford, MI
reply to Liberty
I have Comcast service, and use their website's version of it. It presents the schedule by zip code. I would expect Time Warner, Charter and others do the same.

I'm sure there are other services out there for OTA users


darcilicious
Cyber Librarian
Premium
join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
kudos:4
said by modelamac:

I'm sure there are other services out there for OTA users

Yes, there are. They've even already been mentioned in this thread...
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Kearnstd
Space Elf
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join:2002-01-22
Mullica Hill, NJ
kudos:1
reply to Liberty
seems like it was only time before this happened. The internet has replaced the need for such a service and broadcasters are likely looking to use even this little bit of side band for other uses.

I do remember seeing a few VCRs that had Guide Plus along with their VCR Plus.
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