Originally Posted by dp70
You can bet Rovi also plans to kill off free V10 TVGOS over the Internet at the earliest opportunity. The bean counters seem to have decided that subscription models are the way forward. The firmware they provide for integration into new CE products would include a UI for managing the subscription service, and perhaps by contract with the CE manufacturer, they could arrange to disable not just the guide but also core features of the product (TiVo style) unless end users pay up on a recurring basis.
Releasing a box to transcode the subscription guide for older equipment seems unlikely. Estimating the number of units they could sell would be very difficult. How would they advertise such a product? Relying on word of mouth isn't going to fly with Marketing. Helping people get more years out of existing equipment wouldn't please their CE partners.
Your speculation has much merit. I normally do not enable the TV Guide as a program source on the TV even though I can map the clear QAM channels like the DHG. The TV supports labels on channels, and I only have a dozen favorites anyhow. Sony still sends out updates for the TV even though it has been discontinued for two years. Not everything they do is stupid.
I have ample ads on the V10 TV, yet the DHG is still without its doomsday message.
But speaking of Sony and my TV: from the TV support web page.
The TV Guide On Screen system is a third-party service 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, and through an 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 be available only to devices that are Internet update capable and are connected to an active network connection.
Not all Sony products are supplied with the ability to receive TV Guide On Screen updates through an active Internet connection. To see if your product has the ability to receive TV Guide On Screen updates through an active Internet connection, check the specifications, which are available through the Manuals/Specs/Warranty link on this page.
There is no technical fix to re-enable the TV Guide On Screen service for the products that are not capable of receiving updates via the Internet. The change is as a result of the decision of the Rovi Corporation to discontinue the over-the-air and cable broadcast transmission and not a service issue with the product itself.
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