Yes, some of that information is useful for some people, but a guide that is accurate for scheduling is what the vast majority of people want/need. I rarely read descriptions on my Tivo guide unless it's a show that's new to me, and I usually get that info online anyway. TVGOS worked very well for scheduling and it was free. I burned thousands of dvd's with that Panasonic, and I could still use it without a guide since I burned discs off of my dvr. A Tivo without a guide is worthless (like the Sony's are now). It was well worth the $400 that I paid for it.