Originally Posted by JoeKustra
Funny thing I just learned. The CM-7000 (DTVPal DVR) uses TVGOS for its guide. It's a multiple day guide and there is a big TV Guide logo on the web site examples and it also has the same 30 second time issue.
The new version, CM-7400, is going to have a free minimal guide plus there's a picture of a premium 14 day guide via the internet. The pictures don't have a TV Guide logo. I wonder, could CM have bought the guide? Or at least bought rights to use a newer (V11?) guide? Adding the guide to a box (a DVR) without cable card ability is illogical, but CM isn't very experienced in this space. The addition of clear QAM is in the specs and the release date has been pushed twice that I know. The web site also raves about built-in VUDU. VUDU is owned by Walmart. Who has the best lawyers? I bet it gets the attention of Tivo. I'd love to be a fly on that wall.
It's an interesting world.
The guide is not Rovis. It looks like the same guide that Tivo uses. You have to pay $49.99 a year for the premium guide.http://www.channelmastertv.com/Produ...rogram%20Guide
The basic guide uses PSIP data which is not reliable becasue the stations rarely send the data out. Page 12 of the manual explains the guide set up.http://www.channelmasterstore.com/v/...er%20guide.pdf
There is a different Channelmaster web site for these boxes.http://www.channelmastertv.com/
Click on advanced services to see premium services.
In your case Joe this would not be a good device because you are cable only and there is no guarentee that the premium guide will work with an in the clear cable lineup. Besides it looks like SE will be encrypting their entire line up down the road.
These are your only viable options going forward:
1: Cable set top box
2: Tivo (quad tuner) with cablecard and lifetime subscription
3: Window Media Center in Windows 7 using either the Ceton or Silicon "Dust HD Prime with cablecard.
4: The DHG with cablecard as long as there is going to be digital TVGOS in a broadcast station. If not then the DHG is finished. Your analog service will end in the next year or two.
In fact SE is just started eliminating analog channels on my system. Fox Movie Channel is now part of the digital tier and channel 44 is static.
In fact Rovi is now embedding a new guide in new devices. It is called Total Guide and is internet based. It does not get its data from inserters. There is no Version 11 TVGOS. TVGOS as we know it is finished.http://www.rovicorp.com/products/ce_...nk_id=rightnavhttp://www.rovicorp.com/webdocuments...ductLiterature