Originally Posted by DavidinCT
If you watch the thread over at TGB...(the main WMC site). They are coming back one by one. Area by area it's starting to load up with guide data. My area, my channels have guide data but, I still see an error on download. As long as it works, right?
This is NOT the first time this issue has come up (it's been about 10 times now from the ROVI change over from Zap2it for me), nor will it the last one. It really might be a good time to think about the investment for good guide data.
Well, there have been two issues with the Rovi guide: one is the all-too-common experience of guide updates stopping altogether, averaging about 2 or 3 times a year since the changeover, but more often in the last few months. Usually, these get straightened back out just in the nick of time (although the guide did run out on me once early this year). The other is the issue cable users experienced recently, where higher-numbered channels lost their guide data completely. This only happened this one time, and OTA users like me weren't affected, as far as I can tell.
Looks like M$ finally has the second issue fixed - just in time for the latest recurrence of the first issue! I'm down to 7 days. Not (quite) time to panic just yet.
As for responsibility, I think it's been more on M$'s end, much as I'd like to blame Rovi/TiVo. I have a DVR+ that also uses their guide, and while there have been some scattered outages there too, it's been nothing like the WMC ones. The worsening problems do make you wonder why M$ bothers keeping the guide going at all.
As for switching to EPG123, I don't have a problem with the very modest SD fee. My big concern comes from remembering all the issues I had when M$ switched to Rovi in the first place: most station calls changed, WMC couldn't seem to remember which episodes of a series I'd already recorded, etc. I don't want to go through all that again!