Rovi to End Broadcast TVGOS

I have been reading that TVGOS was going away.  Until this morning, however, I had heard nothing official.  Today, Rovi made it official…

Dear Len Mullen,

We regret to inform you that Rovi has announced the termination of broadcast Guide data in North America beginning on November 1, 2012 and completing in April 2013.

The TVGOS broadcast service was never said to be a lifetime service.  In fact, your product owners manual should say that the service is not guaranteed to be available in all areas at all times.

This was a business decision between Rovi and your manufacturer.  Please refer to your CE manufacturer for further inquiries.


CE Technical Support

I’m posting this information so that people have time to figure out how to deal with this problem and to warn people not to buy devices expecting TVGOS broadcast service.  If you want online TVGuide, look for devices that support v10+ of TVGOS which gets data over the internet.

If your device uses broadcast TVGOS, you should expect reduced functionality or complete failure when broadcasts cease.  Google TVGOS plus the model of your device for more information.

My five DTVPal DVRs use broadcast TVGOS.  I’ve turned this off to see how PSIP works.  I’ll update this as I learn more.  Please post a comment if you have something to share.

By Len Mullen Posted in News, OTA

What I Watch: Summary

Here’s a chart that shows what kind of programming is available via the various solutions.  It should help in choosing the solution that most completely satisfies one’s programming needs.  That’s what you really wanted to know, right?  Keep in mind that Playon and Plex are servers that require a set top component and that neither of these can be used with the Sony Media Player (SMP).  Think of Playon and Plex as supplements to Roku that provide more programming but require a computer be running whenever programming is being served…

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Channel Spotlight: CS50

While exploring Roku content, I stumbled across a channel called CS50.  The CS stands for computer science and the channel is Harvard’s introduction to computer science.  Harvard has made this content available to other schools and the general public.  The Roku channel conjures the lectures, but there is also a web site with all the quizzes  projects, and supporting software downloads.  What I really like about this channel, is that there is no prerequisite but the course is not a class on keyboarding and Office.  From the syllabus…

Topics include abstraction, algorithms, encapsulation, data structures, databases, memory management, security, software development, virtualization, and websites. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-­‐world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. Designed for concentrators and non-­‐concentrators alike, with or without prior programming experience.

If you do not have a Roku, the course is available in a web browser:

Now, go get smart!

What I Watch: Playon

In our home, we rely primarily on broadcast television for news and entertainment.  We use streaming boxes and servers as well.  Some content is available via multiple vehicles.  I bought Playon because it was only $30 for a lifetime subscription when I purchased a Roku LT via the Playon Bundle Promotion.  I love Playon because it streams a lot of content to my Kindle Fire tablets.  These are the channels I watch via my Playon server (mostly on my Kindle Fires)… Continue reading

What I Watch: SMP

In our home, we rely primarily on broadcast television for news and entertainment.  We use streaming boxes and servers as well.  Some content is available via multiple venues.  I have four SMP-N200s.  I bought these because they were the first box to support all of the major streaming services.  I love these for the the way they play media off a USB disk.  These days, I really only turn of an SMP when I am planning to watch movies off the USB drive all day long.  In fact, I rarely watch any channels on the SMPs.  So, this is a list of the channels I might be watching on the SMP if that was the only streamer I owned… Continue reading

Aereo Goes National

Yesterday, Aereo announced plans to expand their broadcast-over-internet service to 38 markets.  If you have been thinking of cutting your cable bill, but are not excited about installing an antenna or are in a poor reception area, Aereo might be for you.  Aereo allows you to watch live broadcast television at home or on the go.  The Aereo service includes a virtual DVR and a real remote for as little as $80 per year.

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