Discuss DTV: SatelliteGuys Forum DTV USA Forum AVS Forum Digital Home Forum


TVGOS Ending

Rovi has announced that it will be discontinuing the TVGOS service over the air and moving to Internet only distribution, meaning only compatibility with V10.1 or newer will continue. This will happen in two phases, first with the PBS affiliates in November 2012, which seemingly has already happened, followed by the CBS and other commercial affiliates between November 2012 and April 2013. As a result if you have lost an affiliate already, there is no reason to expect a new one to replace it.

Unfortunately, this means that for a number of viewers, their DVRs will become either significantly less functional, or in certain cases, close to useless since some devices depend on TVGOS just to set the clock, with no manual way to do so in the absence of TVGOS.

Other than TiVo, does anyone have any suggestions for replacement DVRs for people who are now in need of new ones?


1. On Sunday, November 25 2012, 02:40 by Mark

I recently disabled TVGOS on my Sony (zip code 00000) due to them constantly resetting my manually corrected LA channel map (i.e. KTTV-HD/11.2 & KOCE-50.1 as 31.4). It will be interesting to see if a station will take over timekeeping. For now the set works better with the received PSIP data.

2. On Thursday, November 29 2012, 14:45 by Dake

Myth on Linux or Media Center on Windows are alternatives to a dying DVR.

3. On Friday, November 30 2012, 15:02 by KyL416

On a plus note, this means those of us in markets like Scranton where our PBS affiliate dropped them with the digital transition and our CBS affiliate refused to pick them up will finally get TVGOS data again.

4. On Saturday, December 1 2012, 09:14 by Trip Ericson

With the service going away entirely, how do you figure that?

5. On Saturday, December 1 2012, 14:24 by KyL416

Since it's going to the internet, those with supported devices can get listings again and don't have to play a waiting game with stubborn local stations or even cable providers who refuse to pass the data through.

6. On Monday, December 3 2012, 14:20 by JHBrandt

I think Rovi has had TV Guide on the Internet for some time. But you need a device that "knows" how to get the info from the Internet first! The problem is, there are a lot of TVs, VCRs, DVRs, and DVD-Rs that were built before then which will lose their guides in April.

I agree with Dake. Unless stations start sending out more EPG info, the best no-subscription, no-advertising solution is a Home Theater PC.

7. On Tuesday, December 4 2012, 20:59 by J-Alan

I just read through all of my TV Guide On Screen and DVD manuals and I don't see anything to indicate that my Panasonic DRM-E500H can access TVGOS from the internet. My DVD has the capability to connect to my home computer network but that is only good for sharing videos.

It looks like I'm going to be stuck with a very nice, expensive, electronic paperweight when Rovi takes away our signal.

8. On Sunday, December 30 2012, 22:25 by db200

does anyone know is my sony int. tv nsx40gti will get the guide from internet. I have been using titantv.com for both ota and satellite guide.

9. On Monday, December 31 2012, 20:10 by Teleview