Originally Posted by KenL
Originally Posted by joblo
Does SD support satellite lineups and Canadian postal codes?
Only the standard ones. But I believe the original primary reason for needing scrapers and SD was for north of the border lineups.
Well, since posting yesterday, I've looked at SD's FAQ, service agreement, and so on, and I don't think it's for me. They seem quite obsessed with limiting data to a single geographic region, limiting the number of accounts people can have and so on.
Honestly, I had no idea TV listings distribution was such an anal retentive business. I suppose it shouldn't surprise me since that's seems to be the way with everything controlled by the corporatocracy these days, but still...
The truly sad thing is that TMS data isn't really very good, anyway. I've got over a dozen DVRs, about half of which have program guides, and of those, only one, a Verizon FiOS box, uses non-TMS data. But in my experience, that one generally has the most accurate and up to date listings.
I record a lot of news and information programming from foreign or non-mainstream channels, and many of those programs I've shifted to unsubscribed TiVos or other non-guide based recordings, just because I'd rather have no program title than an incorrect program title.
The Showstopper guide was nice mainly because I could browse and search major broadcast nets from multiple markets on a single device, instead of looking at multiple TiVos. But very little of its guide data was actually unique in my setup. So I've now reconfigured a TiVo to take over that unique data and I guess that's that. (And of course, once again, this involved looking at about 20 zip codes on Zap until I found one that erroneously included a couple of cable lineups for locations 100-150 miles away from the actual zip. So I guess TMS errors do have their uses...
As for the Showstopper, I'll probably make a modest effort to keep it functional for repeating manual recordings, and that's about it.