The following outlines using an undocumented feature of our 2007 Samsung HDTV's. I include this information knowing that most advanced Forum members have already intuitively found how to use this. Therefore, this information is for beginners and newbie's who use their sets to receive Over-The-Air Digital TV broadcasts using an Antenna. Most Cable and Dish subscribers already have an on-screen "Electronic Program Guide" (EPG) which is generally superior to this built-in feature.
My HL-T5689S Owner's Manual very briefly (inadequately) mentions this feature:
Originally Posted by HL-Txx89S Owner's Manual, page 44 Digital Program Guide ...
When a digital channel is selected, and you press the >> button, the Program Guide for the channel appears. ...
Here's how to access and use this feature:
1) You must first tune to each digital channel you want program guide info on. I suggest setting up your "Favorite Channels" (FAV.CH on remote) so they include only OTA DTV channels that you regularly watch. Then surf through all these channels to auto-download the program info.
2) Press the CHLIST button. A list of "Added Channels" will appear. This may contain Analog (Air) channels and less important DTV channels. If you set up "Favorite Channels" for all your priority DTV channels, press the << button, then the Down button and select "Favorite" if you wish to filter out your less important channels.
3) Here's an example of my CHLIST filtered by my Favorites:
2-1 KASA-DT [Fox] no info
4-1 KOBDT1 [NBC] French Open
5-1 KNME-HD [PBS] Nova
7-1 KOAT-DT [ABC] WNBA Basketball
13-1 KRQE-DT [CBS] PGA Golf
19-1 KWBQ-HD [CW] no info
4) Move the cursor up or down through this list and then press >> [Next Program] to select the current program. Press INFO for a pop-up window text description of this program. [I see two defects when I display this window: 1) Word wrap breaks words into pieces. 2) lengthy text is truncated at the end. These defects do not occur during normal channel viewing when INFO is pressed.]
5) Here's an example of current and future programs and times for the selected channel:
1:00 pm Women's Golf
3:00 pm Country Roads
3:30 pm Mercury Media
4:00 pm Where on Earth is Carmen San..
4:30 pm NBC News
5:00 pm Stanley Cup Finals
6) Future Programming Info (scheduling) is displayed down from the current program line item. This lists date, times and program titles. Cursor up or down, then press INFO for a text description of this future program. [I see another defect here. The times for all programs are 1 hour before the actual current time. My TV's clock is set correctly and I have experimented with DST:On/Off and Manual/Auto Time].
This built-in OTA Program Guide is fairly crude and lacks the depth of info provided with TV GUIDE On Screen
, TitanTV QuickGuide
and Cable or Dish EPG's. Nevertheless, it is free, often contains useful info, and is integrated into the navigation of your TV.ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL INFO & REFERENCES:
As the advanced users in this Forum know, this Program Guide is not just a Samsung feature, but is part of the ATSC Digital TV standard. Program Guide Info is mandated by the US FCC (not sure how this works for our friends in Canada). It is called PSIP:The Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP)
is the protocol used in the ATSC digital television standard for carrying metadata about each channel in the broadcast transport stream of a TV station. ... PSIP defines virtual channels and content ratings, as well as program guides with titles and descriptions to be decoded and displayed by the ATSC tuner.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSIPhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_channelRoadmap to the DTV Program and System Information Protocol
The Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) is the glue that holds the digital television (DTV) signal together. PSIP is an important standard of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), implementation of which is required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for broadcasters in the U.S...http://www.psip.org/What is PSIP and why is it important to the DTV system?
The Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) Standard, document A/65, is a collection of tables designed to operate within every transport stream for terrestrial broadcast of digital television...http://www.atsc.org/faq/faq_psip.html
According to recent posts in the AVS Forum I have learned that the FCC is expanding the PSIP specification and more extensive programming and scheduling info will be mandated. See the following post:
New DTV documents up on FCC site:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...g#post10593599
The following copy from another AVS post lists common info found in PSIP data:
Originally Posted by detroitdt
... PSIP (Program & System Information Protocol) consists
of several data tables. The most commonly transmitted OTA are:
MGT - Master Guide Table - This tells the receiver what other tables
are being transmitted and how to find them.
VCT - Virtual Channel Table - This defines which virtual channel number
to associate with which subchannel and analog channel. In other words,
it tells the receiver that 58.2 should be known as 2.1.
RRT - Rating Region Table - It carries the definitions of the TV ratings
system(s) in use.
STT - System Time Table - It carries the time of day, date and DST info.
EIT - Event Information Table - There can be 4 to 128 instances of this
table. Each instance carries the basic EPG info for 3 hours of programming.
This is where the program title, duration, rating, etc. are transmitted.
ETT - Extended Text Table - There can be up to 128 instances of this
table. These are associated with the EITs and carry the extended