Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Even on OTA, Rovi is slow to update channel changes. That's where GuideTool comes in - you can move the guides to the correct channels with it.
But if you want Zap2It back, consider EPG123. It'll cost you a bit for a Schedules Direct subscription, and it sounds like sort of a pain to set up, but once you get through it you should essentially be back to pre-July.
It's actually quite easy to set up. The instructions are very clear and easy to use. A Schedules Direct subscription is only $25 per year. The only caveat is that you have to manually renew it each year. They do send out a notification well before the expiration date so it won't run out.
You'll need to get the Schedules Direct subscription first. You set your lineups on their website along with a user name and password. Once you've done that you download the latest version of EPG123. Unzip it and place it in a folder on your C: drive. You'll need to rerun Windows Media Center guided setup, but do not agree to the statement about getting guide data. Setup will continue but you won't see any guide data until you run EPG123.
Run the epg123.exe file to start the program. Enter your Schedules Direct login info and then let it connect. You then add your lineups based on what you have on the Schedules Direct website. You can add or delete channels in the lineup in EPG123, but it's best to do that initially on Schedules Direct. Set up a time for the guide data to be updated. There are a few other check boxes to check so look over the instructions to see if they apply to you. You can save the setup data and let it update automatically at the time you specified or do a save and execute to run the program and update it manually, which is preferred if it's the first time you're running it. It will take a little while to run and download the guide data, depending on how many days of data you have specified. I've got mine set up for 21 days of data. If you go out much beyond 14 days you'll just get generic descriptions of many of the shows rather than episode specific data.
If you use OTA channels you may run into an issue with some of them showing up in the guide. When HD channels first started airing, the vast majority of them were in the UHF band while their standard def counterparts remained on their original VHF frequency. When all stations were mandated to switch to all digital broadcasts, some of the stations that had been broadcasting in the UHF band switched back to their original VHF frequency. WMC will not look for these channels in the VHF band so they won't show up in the guide. You can easily add them in manually in WMC. I only had to do it for about three channels, IIRC, and I get OTA from two major markets.