Originally Posted by WaltA
I feel that it is in a way, Sony's fault.
We were basically riding on the coat tails of newer products from Sony that still used broadcast TVGOS. As long as Sony kept using such in new products, Sony kept paying Rovi. I don't know of any new (2011, 2012, 2013) products from Sony that have this feature. So, there is no longer any money flowing from Sony to Rovi. I bet the ad revenue for TVGOS isn't what it use to be either. And the reality is, Rovi isn't a charity.
If Rovi said "pay us $50 per year and we'll continue to supply you with data", I would sign up.
This is the warning in my Pioneer Kuro manual about TVGOS. I have Version 9 and a guide build date of 2007.
About the TV Guide On Screen™ system
The TV Guide On Screen™ system is a free, interactive on-screen
television program guide. The system offers program listings,
searching by keyword, reminders and more. The TV Guide On
Screen™ system is a convenient way to find out what’s on right
now or during the coming week, by channel or by genre. It also
allows you to automatically set your viewing and recording
selections quickly and easily.
Before you can start using the TV Guide On Screen™ system,
you’ll need to set it up.
In the United States, TV Guide and other related marks are registered marks
of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. and/or one of its affiliates. In Canada,
TV Guide is a registered mark of Transcontinental, Inc. and is used under
license by Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
• The TV Guide On Screen™ interactive program guide provides
listings for cable-ready and digital cable services as well as
over-the-air broadcast. It does not provide listings for satellite
• Depending on the current settings and selected items, the
order of the setup screens may differ from the one given in this
manual. Follow the instructions shown on the screens.• TV Guide may not be available in all areas. As content providers
move to digital programming and broadcasting, TV Guide data
may be unavailable or become unavailable.
Sony does not pay a continueing fee to Rovi for TVGOS they pay a one time fee for each version they decide to use. In the case of the DHG it uses version 8 and was has a guide build date of 2004. That is how long ago Sony paid for the license for the DHG. Rovi no longers makes any guides that use TVGOS as they created a new guide called Total Guide and it does not use inserters for its data. The Total Guide uses an internet connection only. This guide is not selling well as the CE manufacturers are really hurting becasue of a lack of sales.Edited by Jed1 - 11/8/12 at 10:35am