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Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:42 pm
by SENIORA
SENIORA wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:10 am
garyan2 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:14 am
Ken H wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:38 am
I just received a message in WMC that says:

"SWITCH TO AN ALTERNATIVE auto clicker word unscrambler jumble solver TV PROGRAM GUIDE PROVIDER

Starting in January 2020, Microsoft is retiring its Electronic Program Guide Service.
To continue receiving TV Program Guide information on your Windows Media Center, you may configure an alternative TV listing provider."
Wow, I actually wasn't expecting that. I guess I'm going to have to step up my game and get serious about adding additional languages.

Does MS suggest any alternative TV listing providers to configure?
What other issues exist that could 100% kill the ability of Windows Media Center to continue to be used with cablecard tuners and copy protected channels?
Starting in January 2020, Microsoft is retiring its Electronic Program Guide Service.
To continue receiving TV Program Guide information on your Windows Media Center, you may configure an alternative TV listing provider."

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:55 pm
by Ken H
SENIORA wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:42 pm
SENIORA wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:10 am
garyan2 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:14 am

Wow, I actually wasn't expecting that. I guess I'm going to have to step up my game and get serious about adding additional languages.

Does MS suggest any alternative TV listing providers to configure?
What other issues exist that could 100% kill the ability of Windows Media Center to continue to be used with cablecard tuners and copy protected channels?
Starting in January 2020, Microsoft is retiring its Electronic Program Guide Service.
To continue receiving TV Program Guide information on your Windows Media Center, you may configure an alternative TV listing provider."
Huh?

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:06 am
by choliscott
Switch to using EPG123 with Schedules Direct and continue to receive a channel guide that's probably more reliable then the current one provided. The downside is that Schedules Direct costs $25 a year

quote=SENIORA post_id=133536 time=1571600545 user_id=11058]
SENIORA wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:10 am
garyan2 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:14 am

Wow, I actually wasn't expecting that. I guess I'm going to have to step up my game and get serious about adding additional languages.

Does MS suggest any alternative TV listing providers to configure?
What other issues exist that could 100% kill the ability of Windows Media Center to continue to be used with cablecard tuners and copy protected channels?
Starting in January 2020, Microsoft is retiring its Electronic Program Guide Service.
To continue receiving TV Program Guide information on your Windows Media Center, you may configure an alternative TV listing provider."
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Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:05 pm
by adam1991
If $25/year counts as a "downside," you probably shouldn't be spending the money on electricity to run the computer in the first place.

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:38 pm
by choliscott
I don't personally think it's a downside, but come January, you know there will people that will think that

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:51 pm
by StinkyImp
adam1991 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:05 pm
If $25/year counts as a "downside"...
Yeah. I don't get the push back on this.

That's less than 50 cents a week, or about $2.08 per month. The majority of people "waste" a lot more than this every month on useless items. In our case we gave up pizza for one month out of the year to pay for our subscription. The only outcome... a bit healthier lifestyle and a robust and reliable EPG.

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:12 pm
by Scallica
StinkyImp wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:51 pm
adam1991 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:05 pm
If $25/year counts as a "downside"...
Yeah. I don't get the push back on this.

That's less than 50 cents a week, or about $2.08 per month. The majority of people "waste" a lot more than this every month on useless items. In our case we gave up pizza for one month out of the year to pay for our subscription. The only outcome... a bit healthier lifestyle and a robust and reliable EPG.
I don't get it either, but some people simply abhor monthly fees of any amount.

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:37 pm
by adam1991
I'd hate to see them react to the grocery bill, then. Pay a monthly cost to eat, or else die. Hmmmm....

Re: January 2020, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:44 pm
by StinkyImp
adam1991 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:05 pm
If $25/year counts as a "downside"...
Scallica wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:12 pm
I don't get it either, but some people simply abhor monthly fees of any amount.
And so it begins... It's gotta be FREE!

It would be interesting (but not possible) to see how this shakes out over the next few months. Will people go to EPG123, EPG Collector, zap2xml, something else, or simply abandon WMC, and what will they abandon it for?