Originally Posted by myoda
So, Sony is saying you are on your own. No apologies. Tough luck if your DHG-HDD250 can't connect to the internet. Thanks, Sony. I just purchased an HD HomeRun Dual in advance of the loss of guide data. Sorry to say that the guide data in Windows Media Center is provided by - Rovi.
It's funny... Rovi's response indicated that Sony was opting not to renew it's contract and we should all contact Sony.
Here's the response I got from Rovi after my Facebook post:
We regret to inform you that Rovi has announced the termination of broadcast Guide data in North America beginning on November 1, 2012 and completing in April 2013. This will affect all digital and analog on screen Guides that rely on broadcast data.This was a business decision between Rovi and your manufacturer
. Please refer to your CE manufacturer (in your case Sony) with any further questions.
On the other hand, Sony seems to think it's all Rovi's decision. Here's what they just posted on Sony's site:
The TV Guide On Screen syetem
(sp) is a 3rd party service currently provided by the Rovi® Corporation and is available on some Sony TVs and digital recording products.
Currently the data for the Guide is sent by way of over-the-air and cable broadcast transmissions, as well as by way of Internet connection to compatible devices.
Starting on November 1, 2012 the Rovi Corporation will start discontinuing the broadcast transmission of data from all US locations and will complete that process by April, 2013 . Once the broadcast transmission ends in a location, the TV Guide On Screen service will only be available to devices that are Internet update capable, and are connected to an active network connection.
Did sony's contract actually have an expiration date and they opted not to renew or did Rovi decide on it's own that this was a drain on their bottom line? Either way, somebody's hanging a lot of people out to dry and it looks like they're going to get away with it. You can train people to accept anything.