Originally Posted by KenL
Certainly *we* need something like it but *us* plus a narrow slice of other recorders and handful of plasma/DVRs do not make for a functional market to really consider.
Handful of plasma/DVR's?
TVGOS has been around for over ten years. It's been included in many models of analog CRT TV's (RCA, G.E., Proscan), and many, many models of VCR's (RCA, G.E., Proscan, Sony, Panasonic, etc.).
While there may be a smaller percentage of people still using those VCR's nowadays (although I wouldn't underestimate that), I'd imagine TONS of those TV's are still in use. In fact, my sister has one in her bedroom right now, and has the cable coax hooked up to it and uses the guide. It's easier to scroll through than many cable guides, especially once you set it up to your preference. I will admit though, that it's probably somewhat less important and depended upon in any TV than it is built-into a recording device.
And like myself and others have mentioned in this post in the past- don't forget about TVGOS's dependence on the ad revenue they get from the service - that's just one good incentive right there.
I'm not saying there will or won't be a workaround to keep the service going on all of the existing units out there - I'm just as clueless, and even doubtful at times, as anyone here. But I just like to clarify the misconception that ocassionally someone in this thread has that this only pertains to a "handful" of users.
Heck, I've even got 4 devices myself that have TVGOS - 3 DVR's and one TV. I'm actually only using 1 currently (the Sony DVR - and except for that component, I did not really specifically buy the others just because of the TVGOS), but if I weren't using that I'd surely have it up and running in another. And if I were to upgrade any specific type of component, I'd probably hand a unit down (or sell it) to someone who may very well use the guide, just as was the case with my sister's TV, which her husband got from a co-worker.
While the actual usage of any of those older units, and especially the dependence on the guide, is definitely debatable, it still was included in hundreds of thousands of sold items over the years. We seem to forget that not everyone else can afford to "keep up" with the latest technology and depends a lot on older units - and, even those of us who can still have a lot of these TV's in other rooms. It's not an uncommon occurance at all for a TV to easily last over ten years.
Just wanted to make that clear, as many people seem to only think that the service just sprang up with the advent of DVR/DVD recorders and newer, digital TV's.
(We here have to remember that, sometimes, in our quest to NOT be so "narrow-minded", we actually can come across as being just that, although, many people are often just not aware about the history of TVGOS - and that's really my main point.)