Originally Posted by DigitalKnight
Since the TIVX is connected to the internet, wouldn't it be possible for it to go out and get the guide data as long as you entered in your zip code and what type of cable service you have?
Once again, commercial products (like the TViX) must pay to use this guide data. How do you think guide data providers make their money?
At public sites like like Zap2it.com, TVGuide.com, etc you'll find a disclaimer like this:
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Products that use or integrate online guide data without paying for a license are quickly sued for copyright infringement.