Guide Questions

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by postrin, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. postrin

    postrin New Member

    Nov 13, 2001


    Hi, long time reader very few poster, but i have noticed something that brings up a good question

    I'm in Houston, we found out yesterday that the Astros are playing tonight here, Tivo and directv guide is correct. How is this possible, everytime the president speaks, or something else is going on, or a show is going to run late, my guide data is completely wrong. Now If they have the ability of adjusting the guide that quickly, why are there ever any errors

    Thanks for listening to me vent.


    Edit: for spelling
  2. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    Timing, and demand.

    DirecTV get's their guide data from a clearing house. Either Gemstar (TV Guide) or Tribune... They then scrub that data, and send it down to us.

    It is fairly automated, but it does take time.

    So if all of a sudden the President decided that he wanted to speak to the country, someone at the clearing houses would have to update the data. Inform DirecTV that they need to do a adhoc download of the latest data... scrub it, then send it out.

    Same for a sporting event that goes long. They would have to first identify what is running long, update the data with an unspecific end, ect....

    Plus each network station provides their own data.
    What if one network decides... Hey nbc has the president so we are not going to cut into Survivor... Or that game is not all that important to our viewers, we are going to not show the end.. We are gonig to start our programming on time...

    And why their are errors... .Just like you had to edit your posts... Garbage In, Garbage Out... Humans are still entering the data....
  3. jamosc

    jamosc Sweet Jimmy Lid

    Feb 8, 2002
    Dallas, Texas
    ebonovic brings up a good point and you should also know that just like in your TVGuide magazine, there is a bit a delay in what is actually expected to show and what actually shows. If there is less than a three day notice about a change in schedule it is likely that your recorder will have incorrect guide information. There are definitely exceptions to this but if you know there has been a recent change to a schedule and it isn't showing in the guide, you are better off scheduling a manual recording that supercedes any previously planned recordings.
  4. clherv

    clherv Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    A long, long time ago I read in the forum how to visit a web page to see the same database listing as Tivo would use (in easy to read format).

    I lost that URL, and so today did a search, and found this thread.

    Anybody know the URL for which I am looking?

  5. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.

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