[opendtv] Re: New Thread: What becomes of Legacy Analog Equipment

Let me guess. Until recently you still subscribed to the paper edition of TV Guide and even now you use the Internet to PRINT a hard copy of guides from zap2it, TitanTV or some such. Is this because your PC is in another room, or usually turned off?


And you would like the guide to be on your TV but you don't want to pay for it monthly. Nor do I. I assume you do not want an always-on broadband connected PC displaying on your TV because it is too much like another darned set top box? Life would probably be much simpler if you just got an extra cheapest lowest-power-on-standby computer and connected it to your TV. Then the free guides would be always available on your TV and that PC could even record and playback the (non-encrypted) programs for you if you wished.

- Tom


Albert Manfredi wrote:
Craig Birkmaier wrote:


What Bert does not acknowledge, perhaps because he is
dependent on the broadcasters for PSIP and program guide
info, is that the real driver behind the DVR is the program
guide, not the ability to record.


Depends who you ask, I suppose.

Remember how peeved I was when TV Guide went frivolous? It became a mag for 
pre-teen and teenage girls some months ago. The reason I was peeved is that 
there is no good alternative for those who want to do time-shift recording, 
unless they give up and let themselves be subjected to another monthly bill. 
Which I find exceedingly obnoxious to do for such a mundane function as 
time-shift recording.

So what I've been doing is using on-line zap2it.com to get my schedule. A week 
or so in advance. Print out prime time (mostly) programs. Or I buy the Sunday 
paper and use the TV schedule insert. Neither of these is ideal, but they'll do 
for me.

PSIP, as implemented now, is not a good option at all. In principle, it could 
be, however. The two problems I see are (a) receivers don't store all stations' 
schedules in advance, so it's painfully slow to browse the program offerings, 
and (b) stations are amazingly blase about the information they do provide, and 
you're lucky if it even shows the next day's schedule.

Bert

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