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Rovi Is Shutting Down It's OTA TV Guide Service Without Notice

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Rovi is shutting down its OTA TV guide service without notice (click for full article)

    By Ben Drawbaugh posted Nov 27th, 2012 at 5:46 PM


    "The company with so much love it changed its name to fool its fans is at it again, this time killing the signal that provides guide data directly to many televisions and set-top boxes.


    You see, before changing its name from Macrovision, Rovi acquired Gemstar-TV guide in 2008 -- which was probably most well known for the integrated program guide common in higher end TVs throughout the last decade. While most people just use the guide offered on their provider's set-top, this guide is for those who actually use the clear-QAM or over-the-air tuner in their TV.


    The way it worked is that manufacturers baked the software into the TV, which would then tune into a local affiliate's broadcast of a week's worth of guide data. The setup successfully made it through the digital transition -- minus the truckloads of analog-only TVs ceasing to work along the way -- as new TVs featured a digital version of the service, as well as some digital converters, like the DTVpal DVR.


    This time around it's the smart TV craze, and the internet connectivity that comes with, that is causing the premature death of a feature some people have been using for at least the last three or four years. That's because as of November 1st, all the PBS affiliates that were passing on the signal were asked to return their equipment to Rovi, with little to no explanation as to why.


    Worse, there seems to have been a complete lack of customer communications to help people prepare for the loss of service (maybe the ad space in the guide could've been put to good use for once?) All the other affiliates are also expected to cease the service between now and April, with limited alternatives available.


    If you used the service but have a newer TV that can connect to the internet, it might be worth checking with the manufacturer for a firmware update that'll let you download guide data that way instead. But for the rest, you'll need to watch TV sans guide data, or break down and add a set-top box to your TV that features such things."
     
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    The following article mentions that Google licenses the Rovi Guide for Google TV. I wonder if this news about Rovi shutting down it's OTA guide will effect Google TV in any way?


    Report: The Future of the TV Guide - Zatz Not Funny! (click for full article)

    From the article:

    "Apple licenses Rovi guide technology for Apple TV, and it appears that Google does the same to support its user interface for Google TV, though little has been said about that relationship publicly. Boxee ports its own software onto branded boxes that are made by other manufacturers. And Roku relies on its own inexpensive client-side guide software in order to keep consumer prices down. In each case, these hardware providers have their own branded guides, but the underlying technology sources vary widely."
     
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    Rovi Phasing Out Over-the-Air Guide Listings | Cable Television News | Broadcast Syndication | Programming | Multichannel.com (click for full article)

    Vendor Cites End of Data Broadcast Agreements; Service to Fully Cease by April 2013

    By: Todd Spangler Nov 27 2012 - 2:57pm

    "Rovi has started shutting off the TV listings data it has provided in over-the-air broadcasts to dozens of consumer-electronics device models in North America -- and will completely end the service by April 2013 -- a move that has infuriated consumers who claim it will render their DVRs useless."
     
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    I don't get it. Why would it make anyones DVR useless. DVRs come w/their cable companies guide. My DVR is powered by Rovi. But Rovi is only discontinuing the OTA TV guide service. They probably found there is no way to really get a return on their investment through their current advertisement revenues and previous license agreements.

    Follow the money, find the real reason why...

    Carl
     
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    Ok, I get it. I forgot about the Sony DVR and other non-cable DVRs. It seems that most OTA support is either being dropped or left out of the mix on new devices. If I were to follow the money trail here it wouldn't surprise me that cable providers might be behind this move. My DVR provided by my cable company surely provides more revenues and financial incentives to companies like Rovi to make killing OTA support more attractive than the negative response from their OTA customers.

    Wouldn't GTV have made more sense if there were a way to connect via both HDMI and RF or RCA cables. Event the Nexus tablets can do that.

    JMHO

    Carl
     
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    I think the Channel Master OTA DVRs rely on Rovi as does the ePVision DVR and some others, and if that is correct scheduling recordings will be so difficult as to make the DVRs much less useful unless a suitable replacement guide is offered somehow. Taking ease of use out of the equation makes using a product not worth the hassle for some people, manual DVR recordings are a step back to the VCR days. This possibility was only one reason I have relied on TiVo DVRs, not DVRs that rely on PSIP or Rovi or some other unfunded guide, which is basically just a guide you hope will be there when you need it. Any Google TV apps relying on Rovi OTA guides are going to disappear unless a suitable replacement becomes available.
     
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    I agree.
     

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