Originally Posted by rgazzara
I agree with you that as a free service, one should not complain if it does not work as smoothly as a fee-for-service product. But I think you are missing the point that many disgruntled (especially Pioneer) users complain of. That is the fact that it is difficult, on some recorders, to disable the TVGOS EPG. Free is nice, but free, not working, and difficult to bypass, is not.
I happen to really like the TVGOS EPG and it works almost flawlessly on my Panasonic E-500 and E-65 DVD recorders. BTW, I get the TVGOS EPG over a commercial network station, KYW (CBS) in the Philly area.
Here's a link to a site that discribes the process involved in distributing the TVGOS EPG data: http://www.dvdplusrw.org/Article.asp...&sid=-1&aid=79
For the sake of full disclosure, last night I checked the host channel I receive the TVGOS EPG on, and it has changed
from channel 2 (the cable channel I receive KYW, the CBS station in Philly) to channel 4 (the cable channel I receive WPVI, the ABC station in Philly). This happened on both my Panasonic E-500 and E-65 recorders.
So it seems that the host channel for EPG download can change. Why it would change, I don't know. Perhaps the search for a new host channel is performed when the old host channel fails for some reason. Or, perhaps the search is done each time the EPG is downloaded, and a host channel is chosen that has a stable EPG signal. Regardless, it is nice to know that the TVGOS program is robust enough to search for an available host channel to find the EPG data.
For the second time, my TVGOS host channel is a commercial station and not a public PBS station. This is more evidence that the TVGOS host channel does not
have to be a PBS station. I think that it is fruitless to search from PBS station to PBS station for the EPG data if you are having problems receiving EPG information. It appears that the TVGOS program (at least on Panasonic recorders) is fully capable of finding an adequate source of EPG data, if it exists, without human input, as well it should.