Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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Hi Videobruce. Yes, I am aware of the planned paid service. $50 per year or the equivalent of about one Starbucks late per month is certainly not too much if they could get that arranged. A very simple user programmable file will however be in line with the main reason why most people are switching to OTA, i.e it being free. (other than buying the equipment and paying the hydro bill)
I see two types of possible files.
The first would be to download the full EPG from where the programming is done on the DVR. To generate this file will require somewhat of an effort from the user perspective and I do foresee a user community such as on this forum promptly sharing EPG files.
The second would be a much simpler solution where only the recording programming is downloaded to the PVR. The latter could be done in the format of a simple .csv file using any spread sheet software. A very simple format such as “Program name, tuner #, Channel #, Start Date, Start Time, End Date, End Time. Issues like padding etc are then part of the users decision on which start and end times to use etc. The program name and start date and time is used as the name under which the recording is listed on the PVR. This recording .csv file could even be resident on the HDD or on a USB stick using the second USB port . When this .csv file is present then the use of (whatever) available PSIP data is restricted to live surfing. Free, very simple and certainly a lot less effort to sort out than the unreliable PSIP data.
I am willing to help with the beta testing of the firmware of this change. (yes, for free)
PS I received my shipping notice yesterday
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