Originally Posted by austinsho
Please refresh my memory...are you using the Hopper and USB dongle for reception or some other receiver? I'd love to have the info you're getting!
No, sorry -- should have been more clear that I wasn't using the same equipment as you, though I'm not certain why that should make much of a difference if you're receiving the OTA broadcast signal(s) at decent strength. I see the program listing information in several ways: 1) directly through the TV (a Samsung LN32A550P3FXZA via its "info" option or "channel list" feature, although with the latter it might need to be tuned to a particular channel first), or 2) through the primary DVR I normally use for watching (ChannelMaster CM-7000PAL).
The CM-7000PAL was designed to receive the TVGOS (TV Guide On-Screen) information, but I turned that feature off when the service was discontinued; the unit still receives all the program information via PSIP signals embedded in the OTA stations' broadcasts and typically displays the full listings by time-block for all channels over a 4-18 hour period. A few of the 30+ channels I can receive from the Austin and Waco-Temple-Killeen markets (I'm near the market boundary on a higher-elevation point just south of the San Gabriel River east of Circleville in NE Williamson County) seem to have really marginal strength many or most days and so won't consistently display the PSIP show data (e.g., KBVO in Austin, KWKT 44.x out of Waco, and sometimes the 6.x channels out of Temple), but typically I'll get the PSIP data even if the signal strength is below the receiver's display threshold.
I have a long-range antenna typically pointed toward the Austin market mounted on a 30' mast with the coax feed running first into a standard signal amplifier before it's split to various recipient hardware, and some AV units have slightly better OTA tuners than others -- why I typically watch through the CM-7000PAL, as it seems to have one of the better tuners and handles HD as well as non-HD images quite well, plus it can record two shows on different channels simultaneously.
If there's a signal strength function in your receiver setup, try to get readings for the channels which do get the PSIP program data versus the ones which won't, then consider finding an in-line signal amplifier to boost what you're bringing in from whatever antenna you're using -- if you're not using an external antenna, then go to tvfool.com and input your location details to see what the different channels you should be able to receive require in terms of short- versus long-distance quality.