Turn off "Channel Lineup Changed" messages

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by HFChristie, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. HFChristie

    HFChristie New Member

    Nov 9, 2010


    Does anyone know if there is a way to just turn the "Channel Lineup Changed" message off? For one thing, I sincerely doubt that the Satellite (or cable) companies change channels as often as this message would imply - their customers would be furious that they'd have to change all their settings to keep up (for non DVR and TiVo subscribers).

    And, second, they usually refer to totally useless channels like news (as if we need more of those channels!), sports (see prior), etc. If I've customized my guide channels, then I more that likely don't care about anything new, if I don't customize, then they just show up in the guide.

    Since the TiVo adjusts all peripheral settings (SP, Guide, etc) automatically, these messages are just a complete PIA.

  2. Joey P

    Joey P New Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Milwaukee, WI
    Nope. To the best of my knowledge there's no way to turn that off since it's basically an email from TiVo. At least the premiere gives you the option, IIRC, of deleting the message right from there instead of hitting "done reading message" and then having to go to messages and settings to delete it.

    FWIW, I agree with you, I don't really care if they changed QGLFHD from 1412 to 1417, but I understand why they let us know. It's going to save the cable company a ton of calls from angry customers wondering where there channel went (or TiVo for that matter). Also, when you get a message that say SPTCHD was added, that's a bit of an advertisement. So I always wonder if it's something contractual.
  3. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    So you think someone is just making things up when you get the message that there's been a lineup change?
  4. rahnbo

    rahnbo Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Greenville, SC
    Those changes are for real, at least in my experience. They are annoying but sometimes they change a channel I care about so I don't worry about getting the messages for channels I don't care about. Actually, those message help inform me to go remove those channels from my lineup. Do I care that there is a HOCKEY99 channel? No. But I want it out of my lineup ASAP.

    There is a slight possibility you might get CS to stop the messages to you although I'm leaning toward probably not. For some time after I got Premiere I was getting some kind of weekly tips or something in the messages. I called CS and was informed there was no way for me to turn that off but they figured out a way to opt me out internally and they went away.
  5. HFChristie

    HFChristie New Member

    Nov 9, 2010


    I forgot I had started this thread! :) The "problem" with these (stupid) lineup changes is that, if you already have that channel (let's say Channel 15) and it changes to 23, you don't have to do anything - so there wouldn't be any calls to the cable company - and there is no need for the message. The TiVo automatically downloads the new guide, and your ToDo and Season Pass entries are automatically updated to the new channel.

    When there a new addition to the channel lineup, it seems to be be added and NOT checked as one of "your channels". At least, that's what it's doing on mine - so, again - who cares?

    Admittedly, a deleted channel may mean that a Season Pass no longer has any upcoming episodes - but it would just not record anything new from that channel - so (you guessed it! who cares?).

    I wouldn't care so much about these except I seem to get 3 or 4 a week sometimes, and I know cable companies don't change their lineup that often! A 1/week or 1/month message would be more than adequate. It's just a pain to have to wade through 3 or 4 of these before I can satisfy my daily TiVo fix!

  6. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    My cable provider has never made any significant changes for as long as they have been around. They occasionally add some international channels. I have never seen a change that I actually care about.
  7. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    So you think someone is just making things up when you get the message that there's been a lineup change?
  8. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    I wouldn't put it past the cable companies to do something like that just to irritate subscribers who choose Tivos over their brand of DVR. It's a conspiracy I tell you! :eek:
  9. RMBittner

    RMBittner Member

    Aug 19, 2003

    That's ridiculous. No cable company is changing their lineup that much.

    I couldn't understand why your OP complained about this, since, in my experience, it's handy information that arrives maybe once a year. But multiple times a week? Something's wrong somewhere.

  10. forum1

    forum1 TiVo user since 2000

    May 24, 2011
    I have Verizon FiOS and in the past year I don’t think I have gone a month without at least some sort of a lineup change message. This past week alone I had no fewer than six messages about channel lineup changes, possibly more. Sometimes the changes are silly things like removing and then adding the same channel with no apparent changes in call sign or title, in which case I do wonder if it’s the guide provider (TMS) that is mucking with the database in a way they shouldn’t. Other times it really is Verizon adding, moving, or deleting channels. And sometimes it’s simply changing the name of a sports channel to reflect seasonal content changes, which I too find annoying and frivolous.

    While I do find these messages annoying and would ultimately like to be able to shut them off, in my case I presently need these messages because they are often the only notice I have to manually adjust the Channel List. I need to do this because most of the changes are ones that cause the TiVo to enable (check) channels that I do not actually subscribe to, so I am constantly having to go in and uncheck channels. I am actually getting really fed up with this because it’s an administrative task I shouldn’t have to do with a modern piece of equipment. If a channel is “not authorized” as the TiVo UI reports when trying to tune to it, then don’t enable it in my channel list. As far as I understand the CableCARD has the complete list of all authorized and unauthorized channels, so it should be as simple as the TiVo querying the list from the CableCARD, yes?

    Also, occasionally I have found new channels that have been enabled (checked) in the channel list but with no message sent down to notify me. This blows away any chance of having an accurate channel list, short of manually tuning to every channel to see if I actually receive it or not.

    Finally, I can’t even rely on the Verizon’s web site for channel listings. Their site is often not updated with the latest changes. There are some channels I receive that are not listed at all on their web site. It baffles me why their site isn’t sync’d up with whatever backend system actually allocates the channels.
  11. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Are you on cable or satellite?
  12. Gavroche

    Gavroche Member

    May 26, 2007
    State of...
    For what its worth, I've been getting them 1-2 times a week lately. I'm on Comcast in the San Francisco Bay Area...

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