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ESPN Channels removed: "Not our problem"

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by nrnoble, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. nrnoble

    nrnoble Member

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    For reasons nobody can explain, channels keep getting removed, then added back. Example, Recently ESPN1 and ESPN2 channels were removed. I called Tivo and they tell me (more-or-less), "Not our problem, call your cable company". I call comcast, they check their Comcast DVRs and tell me "Not our problem, our comcast DVRs have the correct lineup, contact Tivo.".... About 3-4 days later, ESPN channels are added back.

    This happens a few times a month; various different channels get removed, then get added back. Most of the time the channels that go missing are channels I don't watch, so I don't spend the time\effort to make (futile) phone calls. I watch ESPN, so I wasn't happy that it disappeared from the TiVo's channel lineup (on all 3 Tivos) for a few days.

    Anyone have any understanding why Tivo's Channel lineup is removing channels, then adding them back so fequently. And to be clear, there is a TiVo message each time the channels are being removed, and then added back.
     
  2. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Sounds like bad Cablecard mapping at the headend, or a signal issue.
     
  3. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Active Member

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    Are they being removed from the lineup (with lineup change messages) or unable to be tuned when going to that channel?

    If it's the former, that falls into the hand of Tivo and Tribune Media who supplies the lineup.
     
  4. nrnoble

    nrnoble Member

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    Yes, the channels are being removed and then added back with lineup change messages. One day I got a Tivo message saying ESPN1 and ESPN2 were being removed. Then a few days later I got another message they were added back.

    Often when this happens, its a trivial change like XXX to XXXHD. And because they aren't channels I watch, I don't bother to complain when they go missing for several days before being added back.

    Just annoying\frustrating when both TiVo support and Comcast support tell me "Not our problem, you need to call someone else....". Both more-or-less say "We don't create the channel lineup data, so we have no way to fix it"... and there is nothing further they can do when the channel lineup data is wrong.
     
  5. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

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    Those lineup change requests originate from the cable company. They send the message of change to Tivo, who passes it along to you.
     
  6. celtic pride

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    I've noticed that happening quite a bit on verizon fios, I get messages saying channel has been deleted but then the same channels are added back.I never actually saw the channel dissapear though. I dont know what could cause this other than tribune guide service maybe getting wrong information from the cable tv provider?:confused: why tell me a channel has been deleted from my tv service,Then in the same message tell me that the same channel has been added? It makes no sense!
     
  7. tomhorsley

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    I've always gotten the impression that the cable company needs to tell their cable boxes slightly different stuff than they tell cable cards, and they always forget about cable cards till someone reminds them :).
     
  8. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Cable company set top boxes use cable cards ;)
     
  9. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Well, AFAIK, technically, they send it to tribune media services, which sends it to Tivo, which sends it to you.
     
  10. nrnoble

    nrnoble Member

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    I went back and checked the Tivo messages. ESPN1 and ESPN2 were removed on Jun 15th. Added back on Jun 25th. 10 day gap. Does it really take them that long to correct lineup problems? If so, then they have a pretty bad bureaucracy.

    And with a Tivo its not possible to manual add\force it to any channel that is not part of the lineup, even if such channel does exist.
     
  11. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Active Member

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    I know, but they obviously need to treat them differently in some way. I know when talking to comcast and trying to get them to poke my TiVo with a stick to see if it gets better, they need to know it is a TiVo to do that poking (and I always have to tell them as well - you'd think my account info would already know that).
     
  12. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

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    :rolleyes:
     
  13. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    That has nothing to do with the original poster's issue. The issue is Tribune is removing and adding back channels that have never been moved/removed. Tribune makes channel lineup changes at the request of cable company representatives. This is not a technical issue.
     
  14. nrnoble

    nrnoble Member

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    What is puzzling is that this removing\adding has been going on for at least two years now, at least 1-2 times a months, channels get removed, and then added back. Some times in the same Tivo message the channel gets removed, then added back. Other times, as in my example, the channels get removed, then added back a few days later.
     
  15. rahnbo

    rahnbo Active Member

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    Nothing new to add other than share in your frustration. Brighthouse is constantly doing this name change game in my region and its very annoying. I'd say there are at least 3 channels renamed per week. What's really irritating is most of the changes seems to be their on demand stuff or channels that are not HD and I have to keep going in to the channel list and unchecking them. Or sometimes they rename an SD channel for which there is a comparable HD channel and if you have an SP Tivo may record the SD version of a show if you haven't removed that channel (for the Nth time). At one point perhaps about 2 years ago I also lost one of the ESPN's and it took them some time to fix it with multiple calls to Tivo and Brighthouse along with reporting the lineup problem via the official tivo.com web page. It also seems like the ESPN channels continue to keep getting renamed like they can't make up their minds what they want to call them. I wish they'd just leave the channel names alone.
     

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