Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Flatulator1 gets NY stations too, since he's close to the border. He's also using a NY zip code, but he still can't get the guide data even for the NY stations, apparently because access to the guide server is blocked from Canadian IP addresses.
Not sure about that last part but it seems plausible. That's why I asked about a VPN.
IDK if Canadian stations are in the guide or not. But they may be, because of the reverse situation (NYers close to the border can get and watch Canadian stations).
I didn't mean blocked, but I wasn't as specific as I should have been.
This is how it was described to me. Since Stream+ only needs guide data for OTA broadcasts, their contract with Gracenote is far more reasonable than say HDHomerun who needs data for OTA and full cable tv systems, requiring way more data, Gracenote provides the data to Google servers and sets up electronic delivery to every Android TV in the USA. ChannelMaster has a very favorable rate, and they don't charge Stream+ owners for the guide.
When they originally contracted to distribute Stream+ in USA for a minimum of 24 months, with first choice on new contracts, they negotiated a contract that reserved an extension to sell and market I'm Canada, if Sales were brisk. They aren't.
At one time on our forums, Nick was looking into using border zip copes for the few consumers who might use them.
Most streamer in Canada use Tablo or TiVo as they are actually licensed for EPG guides.
I love my Stream+, have tried my best to support them, and continue to, this Christmas will determine a lot.