My one and only Samsung, a P2370HD only has NOW/NEXT for a guide, I kind of assumed all Samsungs were similar, so it sounds like mine is kind of a anomaly? Too bad as I like a good PSIP guide and have to use my Vizio, which both of mine have a very good guide that goes out as far as the stations send out. My 28" LG also lacks any kind of guide and now that TVGOS is gone my Sony only shows the current program Oh my Panasonic LCD has no guide, not even current program is displayed!
Not true Questy7. I chatted with Samsung today and she said ALL Samsung HDTVs have EPG. I have 5 Samsung HDTVs and they all have EPG (from 19" to 50"). As for Coby - they are freshly out of business now. I also have one Olevia HDTV, and excellent set but they went out of business. It only gives info on the current program.
I was on here searching for the answer to the question about what is the best smart TV for USA OTA. I can tell you that it is NOT the 2013 line of SAMSUNGs. These people really dropped the ball on OTA/EPG. The 2013 line has a setup so that you can integrate your set top box with it with IR blasters, etc. This seems retro to me. If you have a set top box selected -- then the smart hub home screen shows a preview of what's on cable/sat and has interactive graphics of what's on primetime, what's next up, etc. Very pretty. Here is the STUPID part. If you choose OTA or cable without a box the system then comes up with NO channels for your zip code (cable without box) or for OTA just your antenna lineup and gives you ONLY cheap/lame PSIP guide data. The pretty Smart Hub screen you get when you choose cable box is lost completely. I even tried zip codes for NYC, LA, Silicon Valley -- all useless for OTA/cable w/out box.
I have called to complain to Samsung a few times about this and they "just don't get it."
If I choose cable without a box it should at very least grab the lineup used for digital cable (same lineup it uses if you have a box) and this will at least provide REAL EPG for my locals and basic cable channels.
If I choose OTA, it should grab data from the TMS online service and align it with the call letters I have in my market.
It blows my mind that they didn't get this right.
Every few months (and after SW updates) I retry initial setup and am disappointed each time.
If you want decent OTA TV listings in the USA I'd avoid Samsung TVs.
If you choose cable box then it uses Rovi data and you get all the pretty features.
If you choose cable without box, or OTA you get screwed and all you see is useless 12-hour (if you're lucky) one channel at a time PSIP.
Bottom line is ANY smart TV (designed properly) should always populate its EPG from a Rovi or TMS type of service over PSIP whenever possible. PSIP should be an absolute last resort.
Give it a try. Enter your zip and choose CABLE BOX and you get pretty/full EPG features. Choose OTA or no box and get crap PSIP only. As stated in my previous post I tried numerous zip codes -- all with the same bad results. Including NYC and LA zips.
Oh well. Samsung should fix this.