JOY!! I woke up this morning and the trusty DHG is the only correct clock in the house. It self-adjusted to DLS all by itself. Woohoo!! Go you little DHG - go!!
I'm having a hard time trying to comprehend what all the complaining is about regarding 'Unkown'.
With the correct clock and all the data the DHG natively gives us, I have no trouble telling what unknown show is what.
Luckily DHG *does* give you more info than just 'unknown'.
How hard is it to remember that "Air, Channel 5, Wed, 8pm" means "The Middle", and "Channel 7, Thurs, 9pm" means "The Office", that "Channel 4, Sunday, 9AM" means "CBS Sunday Morning", and "Ch2, 9pm, Sunday" means "Downton Abbey". Etc.
How hard is it to remember that every "Channel 7, weekday, 6pm" means my local news followed by national news (this is an another big improvement, for me, over TVGOS, since these used to be TWO separate titles for me to have to punch up, each individually, and then two different titles to individually delete, night after every night, versus now getting to FF both programs is one quick easy 9x speed review.
More than "just unkown", and also giving you the day, and the channel, and the start time, our DHG *even* tells us how long the recording is. "Oh, 11pm Sat Ch7 for 2 hours, that's my local 11pm news followed by Saturday Night Live". Again I get to FF through both at once.
Had I known about manual recordings before I simply used the 'so-called superior" TVGOS usage model I was spoon fed, I would have used it beforehand as a feature improvement. As it was, with TVGOS I had to constantly play GAMES with recording one-hour before ABC "Modern Family" AND one-hour later - hoping against hope - to catch "The Middle" before and "Subugatory" after - that TVGOS always dropped on me anyway week after week, versus other weeks having "Middle" under its own title instead. Some weeks TVGOS missed "Modern" as well, which completely sunk my whole TVGOS-workaround scheme. It stunk.
I don't get all the recent "day + channel + start time + recording length data is not enough for me to deduce the show title" complaining?
When you turn the TV on at 9pm on Thursday, you really have no idea what show you turned the TV on for? Really?
"The nightly news is on at 6pm." or "It's 9pm Sunday, so it must be time for Downton Abbey"... is really too hard?
Fine, so let's say we've become such a spoon-fed population that we can't even remember basic TV show times like our parents did.
#1: You can write down the few weekly shows you record on a piece of paper. It only changes twice per year. "Wed, 8pm, Ch 5: Middle, Neighbor, Modern" Etc. How hard is that?
Not easy enough?
If mentally remembering our 12 shows is too much hassle over the course of a season AND if you can't "spoon feed yourself" via writing down a dozen lines in a notebook, twice a year, is still too much work...
#2: You pull up the ZapIt TV Guide on your laptop or smart phone in that very moment. How hard is that?
YMMV, but I frequently found the TVGOS interface clunky and bothersome and often a huge PITA.
Not only am I not missing a thing, but I like my DHG much better for it. (SONY - just give us the clock!)
Another unexpected life-without-TVGOS-is-better discovery... How often did this happen to you under the 'wonderful' Rovi TVGOS:
You turn on the TV, scan the channels, stop on a show that looked interesting, and say "Yeah, let's record that for next week and give it a try? Honey, what's show was that? I dunno either. Let's look in our 'easy' TVGOS. Ooopps. It's 9:00pm, TVGOS doesn't show the listing for what was JUST on 30 seconds ago! Argh! Sigh. OK. Honey, do the math for me, how many hours from now takes us to a week ahead from now but 30 minutes ago? Yeah, like that's easy and intuitive. So you hit the right arrow 400 times (2 half-hour show listings x 24 hours in day x 7 days in a week) stepping through all the 'just-so-useful' don't care TVGOS listings to finally get to a week from today... just so you can get a show title, just so (under TVGOS usage model) you can hit the red record button for 'easy' recording. Yeah - 400 TVGOS keystrokes (or doing the math for hours IF - IF - you are one of the 1% of advanced users that know the hidden secret undocumented typing "196" into a non-existing dialog box so you'd have no idea about it and then furthermore secretly hitting the right arrow) - yeah - that's easy. But after all that work in 'easy' TVGOS, what do you find when you finally get there a week ahead? A big stinking "SORRY!! There is no listing yet here for a channel week ahead!. For some shows, yes there is a show listed, but the channel and show you want now, there is no show listed yet - SORRY! Argh!! So then with 'easy' TVGOS - you are forced to do what? You put a yellow stickie on the TV!! Like I did for years. "OK, in several days from now, we all have to remember what showtime and channel this was, and right arrow over multiple days from now, just to record a show you MIGHT be interested in, hoping that by now - the show MIGHT finally be there in the listing. What a PITA TVGOS was.
Instead, the beauty now without TVGOS, is that I can bring up manual recording, simply add 7 to today's date (curent channel already pre-filled for me), and in 2 or 3 keystokes - it's done!! In under 10 seconds!!
400 remote click on the remote with TVGOS versus 10 seconds and 3 keystrokes without TVGOS - AND no more yellow stickies on the TV - this is BIG IMPROVEMENT in my book.
The more time I spend without TVGOS, the more I like the DHG WITHOUT IT.