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Panasonic DVR, loss of TV Guide on-screen program listings

I have a Panasonic DMR-EH50 digital video recorder, fed by an (analog) cable TV (via coax cable - no cable TV "set-top" box). Source is Comcast Cable, in Seattle, WA.
For a couple of years, all was well. Then, back in November, suddenly the TV Guide program listings stopped appearing (these program listings are a feature of the DVR, and make recording convenient; the data is piggybacked on a local channel, or so I've been told). 
At first, I thought this was one of the occasional reset annoyances (every few months, I'd turn on the DVR, to see the "setup" screen, and I'd have to go through some of the setup again - a pain in the ****, but not a showstopper; I was always able to make things start working again). This time, I tried switching zip codes, leaving it all off for 48 hours, etc., to no avail. I resigned myself to calling Panasonic Support. Sigh.

I called and spoke with a support person there, and explained what had happened. She immediately told me that it was because of the upcoming digital TV switchover. Hmmmm. I told her I was skeptical. She insisted, and told me to sign up for the government coupons, go buy a DTV converter box, and run the incoming signal through that. I protested that we had cable TV, and that my local cable TV supplier was running ads (incessantly) blithely saying that their subscribers would not have to do anything, they were all set for the upcoming DTV conversion. She said, no, that the TV Guide listings were carried on a channel that I was receiving (yes, that was what I had heard - on my local PBS channel), but that (as she put it) "the part of the signal with the TV Guide data was already being fed in digital format", and that in order for my DVR to display the TV Guide data, I would need a DTV converter box. I told the Panasonic support woman that as I understood it, the cable signal was already converted to analog, so whatever was coming over that coax cable was nothing but analog -- and that this was in November 2008, and the digital switchover wasn't going to happen until February 2009. I confessed I was skeptical and asked if she was sure. She sighed and said she answered this same question hundreds of times every day, and yes she was sure. She said to go online and get the government coupon, then go buy a DTV converter, and all would be restored. OK, I said (still skeptical). 

I went online and ordered the coupons. According to the coupon website, I wouldn't get my coupons for another month. OK, I grumbled, I'll be patient (this was before they just ran out of them). 

A few days later, I came across an online forum with some details on how to do a deeper reset of this unit (hold down the power button, wait, repeat). I figured I might as well give that a try, since my coupons wouldn't be coming for a few more weeks. 

I went through the reset procedure, and let the DVR off for 24 hours. Next time I turned it on....to my surprise, the TVGuide listings were there! Well, they were there but only extended out for about 3 days. No problem, I thought, it just needs more time to download the listings for the rest of the week, right? I turned the DVR and left it off overnight. Next day, I looked and the listings had not changed - I only had about 2 days of program listings, nothing past that. I left it off again, but no more listings downloaded. OK, I figured I'd try the deep reset again and just let it sit for a few days and download more. But no dice: after a deep reset and 2 days inactive, there were no TVGuide listings at all. I've tried it a couple more times since, and still receive nothing. Hmmm. 

I'm still able to watch TV with the signal coming in via cable TV through the DVR and then into the TV. I can even record on the DVR -- the TV signal is still there and still good -- I just get no TV Guide programming info.

I checked with the Macrovision website (they supply the TV Guide programming feed), and they claim that the TV Guide signal should be live and available in my area (based on my zip code and cable TV provider). 

OK, so my coupons arrived. I went to a local big-box electronics store and picked up a basic digital TV converter box (a Channel Master D2A). I tried running the cable TV coax cable feed into that (then into the DVR, then into the TV). Nothing - not even a basic TV signal (the DT box appears to be expecting a signal from an antenna). I returned the ChannelMaster converter box.

OK, so here are my questions.... 

1. Was the Panasonic technician telling me the truth? That is, that in order to get the TV Guide feed in the DVR, and do I really need a DTV converter box? This still sounds like she was blowing smoke, but I'm willing to give it another try (although it would be with a different converter box). 

1A. If so, how should the hookup go? I have a coax cable coming in from the wall. We have never had a cable TV "set-top box" (and don't want one). Should it go like this: 
coax cable -> DTV converter box -> coax cable -> Panasonic DVR -> component video plugs -> TV set. 

2. If a DTV converter box *is* needed, can anyone recommend a good model (or if not a specific model, exactly what I should look for in the box)? 

Sheesh, this stuff should not be such a PITA to get right...

Thanks for any guidance.
I'm having the same problem in Middletown, NY with Time Warner Cable. I currently have two dvr's, one from Time Warner and my Panasonic DMR-EH55. Each is hooked up separately to the tv, and each is connected to a cable which brings the signal from Time Warner. Until early March my TV Guide onscreen listings loaded each day. Now I am getting a message that says TV Guide onscreen may not be available in all areas. Time Warner has no explanation; their rep. said I could solve the problem by running the signal into THEIR dvr/cable box and running a cable from their box to the Panasonic machine. Since my listings had been loading for years with my current set-up, I tend to feel there is something about the SIGNAL that is causing the problem.

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  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    Panasonic DVR, loss of TV Guide on-screen program listings" problem


  • rlentz Apr 14, 2009

    Same problem: recent loss of tv guide on-screen programming. Hope someone can give some suggestions. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    Had the same problem a few years ago - Time Warner Cable, Ventura County, CA and Panasonic EH50. Time Warner service people were useless until I finally found a TW technician who actually *knew* what TV Guide On-Screen was. He asked around internally within TW and actually called me back a few days later. (Good people are still around!) The problem was due to to the local TW substation converting from analog satellite downlinks to digital downlinks which filtered out (lost) the TV Guide On-Screen signal. He said they were aware of the problem and were trying to come up with a solution/workaround. A few weeks later TVG On-Line came back up again and has been working 99% of the time. I suspect that you are in a similar situation - someplace in your system the analog signals are being converted to digital and back to analog and the TV Guide signal is being lost. Solution to the problem: 1) Finding TW technician at your local TW office who knows what you're talking about (TV Guide On-Line) so they can talk to their own internal people about it. 2) Finding someone at TW who actually cares enough about it to elevate the issue so it can be fixed - if possible. My own opinion - They won't fix it, I think all the cable companies are going to discontinue analog service within the next 5 years as "too costly to maintain" and force all subscribers to switch to digital - think of all the digital cable boxes they can rent out for an extra $10/month.

  • jay___j65 May 19, 2009

    Yep, same problem in the Dallas area too, our last TV guide update was from the 14th of May

  • jay___j65 May 19, 2009

    We have Time Warner here in Dallas, and are having the same problem. Last TV Guide update was through 5.15.09

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My TV Guide On Screen (TVGOS) has not worked since June of 2009 it is almost November 2009 I have called Panasonic, Rovi, Comcast. Each points their finger at the other, and nothing gets fixed. If you have the same problems PLEASE contact Michale Finney of ABC news.com 7 on your side. If he hears from enough people He will get the transmissions fixed. copy and paste the URL below to reach him.
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/feature?section=news/7_on_your_side&id=5814629

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In our case, Time Warner has dropped the channel TV Guide, it used to be channel 99, but it's not even offered any longer, so it would appear that unless this TV guide info/source is fed to the DMR - DVD by some other method, rather than having to have that specific tv channel, I think we are S. O. L.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

  • jay___j65 Oct 10, 2009

    Oct 10th, 2009 - Mysteriously Time Warner here in Dallas has started to once again support the TV Guide programing!




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I can tell you how to get the TVGOS system working again in your area. I worked with Rovi on this for almost a year but together with them, my cable operator and me, we got it figured out and it has been working flawlessly now for a year. email me at [email protected]

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A LOT of people are having this problem (for example see http://www.dtvusaforum.com/electronic-program-guide-tvgos-guide-plus-gold/) and nothing is getting fixed. From what people are saying, contacting Panasonic and/or the cable company is a waste of time. (sorry to all of you who wasted your time -- we DO appreciate your sacrifice, though). And it seems like the tv stations that are supposed to be transmitting the TVGOS signals couldn't care less about this problem. Bottom line -- nobody cares about the little guy (that's you and me).

But maybe the owner of TVGOS themselves would care about this problem . Rovi (formerly called Macrovision) is the company that owns TV Guide On Screen. Since Rovi has a contract with whomever transmits the TVGOS information, this is really a case of someone violating the contract. This is a business matter between two companies, one of whom is paying the other. The only thing I'm not sure about is who is paying whom in this whole TVGOS scenario. I assume that Rovi is paying the TV networks to transmit their signal. Is Panasonic paying for a license that allows their DVRs to translate TVGOS signals? And since there are also advertisements on the side of the TVGOS screen, if you're not seeing the advertisements then the advertisers are losing their money. Either way someone is paying someone else to do essentially nothing, and I think the payer(s) would be interested that the payee(s) isn't holding up their end of the bargain. Unfortunately, wasted corporate money will probably get more attention than unhappy people who have already shelled out the money for their DVR's.

Ways to contact Rovi (formerly called Macrovision), the owner of TVGuideOnScreen:
http://www.rovicorp.com/support/9391_9458.htm
http://www.rovicorp.com/company/contact_us.htm?link_id=topnav.

There's also a web site specifically for TVGOS -- presumably the site is also run by Rovi, but it can't hurt to send duplicate complaint messages:
http://www.tvguideonscreen.com/services/CustomerForm.aspx

Here's a list of the stations that are contracted to transmit TVGOS listings in major cities-- hopefully it's accurate, since it was just updated last week. http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=tvgos

When I contacted these companies this is how I started it (feel free to copy and use this):
"I would like to report a widespread problem with TVGuide OnScreen (TVGOS) signal transmissions. Whoever has the contract to transmit TVGOS information is not fulfilling the terms of the contract. Please notify the corporate staff and/or legal department about this matter. PLEASE forward this message to a supervisor if you are not sure how to handle this message. Please DO NOT reply with a canned pre-written answer that does not really address the situation described below."

I'm thinking of sending this once EVERY DAY to all of these people. Might as well have some fun being annoying.... Good luck.

Posted on Dec 08, 2009

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2009

    I found the contact information for some of the Rovi (Magnavision) corporate higher-ups if anyone wants to use them: (from http://ir.rovicorp.com/IRWebLinkX/GenPag...


    I sent an email to ALL of the addresses below and will send it again if I don't hear anything in the next couple of days.


    Chief Financial Officer

    James Budge

    Phone: (408) 562-8400

    Fax: (408) 567-1800

    E-mail: [email protected]




    VP, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations

    Lauren Landfield
    Phone: (408) 562-8475

    Fax: (408) 743-8610

    E-mail: [email protected]



    Legal Department: [email protected] (I think **)

    **The email address for the legal department was listed on the web site as "[email protected]" but the email got bounced back. I tried "[email protected]" and the email went through. I don't know if anyone got it, but at least it seems to be a real email address). (Wonder if it's really a "mistake" that they have the wrong email address for contacting the legal department?)


    I'll update if anything happens...





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I am a cable technician with time warner and have been for almost five years...first off the digital converter box is for ONLY ANTENNA SIGNAL.which you have already found out unfortunately most cable companies are still and will be working on updating this stuff for a while. All cable card customers now have to have a convertor box we offer for free to pull this info and most of their hd channels. I dont know for sure if this will help you but you should call your cable provider and ask if they off this....Hope I was some help and Good Luck!!!

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There is no data feed in Seattle. There is no solution until June.

I just got off the phone with a woman at KCTS (Channel 9-PBS Affiliate). KCTS had the contract with Macrovision. They lost it to KIRO (Channel 7) with the digital transition. As the digital transition did not occur, KIRO's contract did not kick in, but KCTS's stopped.

No one in Seattle has picked this up.

I called KIRO's consumer line to report a problem with the service. You might want to as well to lobby them to do something before June (when, the woman at KCTS believes, the transition will occur and KIRO's contract will kick in and we'll get our guide back).

Best of luck.

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The digital signal is being sent over the air usually over UHF channels. It sent digitally but will be picked up by your antenna in the same way it picks up the analog signal thus there is no difference. There is no such thing as a digital antenna, thus a antenna from a Home Depot will work fine. I needed a outdoor antenna but the picture quality is the same as cable. Just make sure the antenna can pick up UHF and VHF signals.

Hope it helps!

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I think I may have the "answer".

I am in Atlanta and have a Panasonic DVR that was working fine and sometime during the past month or so we lost the channel listings. I've tried many resets as well with negative results.

I called Comcast tonight. The agent helping me took a long time to research the issue and gave me this answer (which sounds reasonable). By the way, this is for the Atlanta area and may not be applicable to other areas of the country.

Due to delays in the conversion to broadcast digital and the fact that Comcast is experiencing bandwidth issues, they have digitized the "channel listing" signal. By mid-June Comcast's signal will be all digital and you won't be able to watch a TV connected directly to Comcast cable - regardless of whether it has digital or analog tuner (or both). This is contrary to what I'd heard before.

After mid-June, you'll either need to use a cable box OR what she called a "Digital Transmitter Adapter" (let's call it a DTA). Prior to being converted to "full" digital, you'll get notification from Comcast. She said I'd be able to get 2 DTAs at no charge (I currently have one Comcast HD DVR box). Additional DTAs would be $1.99 a month. DTAs will only provide access to the "basic" cable channels, but the good news is that the Panasonic DVR should be able to obtain its channel lineup through this DTA box.

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There is no data feed in Seattle. There is no solution until June.

I just got off the phone with a woman at KCTS (Channel 9-PBS Affiliate). KCTS had the contract with Macrovision. They lost it to KIRO (Channel 7) with the digital transition. As the digital transition did not occur, KIRO's contract did not kick in, but KCTS's stopped.

No one in Seattle has picked this up.

I called KIRO's consumer line to report a problem with the service. You might want to as well to lobby them to do something before June (when, the woman at KCTS believes, the transition will occur and KIRO's contract will kick in and we'll get our guide back).

Best of luck.

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I have been able to record down converted HDTV shows on my Panasonic DMR-EH50 recorder directly to the unit's hard drive and/or directly to a blank DVD-R disc.

I do not know of any DTV converter box that can provide the proper codes to the Panasonic DMR-EH50 to allow recording and scheduling of shows using the unit's built in TV Guide menuing functions (the program recording codes are essentially VCR Plus codes in the USA and VCR Video codes in the UK, and this technology was previously owned by TV Guide/Gemstar but was purchased by Macrovision within the past couple of years.)

When the DMR-EH50 is hooked up to standard RG-59/U coaxial TV cable, the cable company provides the specific VCR Plus recording codes, as well as auto setting the time and date information required for the TV Guide recording schedule menus. The VCR Plus recording codes are sent via the cable company through the coaxial cable to the end consumer's recording device. Since Gemstar's VCR-Plus patents are now owned by Macrovision, I am not sure of how this works (or will work) for non-cable/non-satellite customers or if such codes will be made available by Macrovision to record shows when one receives HDTV signals (or down converted DTV signals) from an over-the-air antenna.

Though the DMR-EH50 recorder can only record at Standard Definition (SD) broadcast resolutions, I connect the DMR-EH50 to my High Definition TV using the three progressive scan YPBPR output cables and switch my HD-TV into the YPBPR mode when I want to watch shows from the DMR-EH50.

YPBPR are the analog video signals carried by three color coded component video cables. The green cable carries the Y signal; the blue cable carries the PB signal; and the red cable carries the PR signal. The added benefit of using the YPBPR hookup is that you can 'up convert' a standard DVD disc (non HD Blu-Ray disc) in progressive scan mode to somethin akin to 720p resolution using the DM-EH50 (or any other progressive scan DVD player) to get a better quality image on your HD-TV.

Visually speaking, the same appears to hold true for playback of programs recorded on the DMR-EH50's hard drive even though down converted via the DTV converter box, and when played back on an HD-TV using the YPBPR progressive scan cabling hookup.

I also been able to successfully record programs from the DTV converter box to the DMR-EH50 recorder in both 16:9 wide screen and 4:3 normal aspect ratios, but again only in Standard Definition quality.

For NTSC and PAL formats, the correct aspect ratios for any particular TV (the rectangular height and width of your output resolution for a TV screen) can usually be setup correctly for most any DTV converter box by going carefully through the menus on the converter box. Though the converted DTV often will yield 'better looking TV' than cable, it's certainly not high definition however, as the purpose of any DTV converter box is * not * to yield a High Definition digital TV signal but a lower quality Standard Definition signal for viewing on older SD-TVs.

We must remember that what is happening here is that (by NTSC USA standards), we are transcoding (i.e., down converting) an over the air 1920 x 1080p (progressive scan) High Definition digital broadcast signal, captured by your over the air antenna, back to a Standard Definition 720 x 480 resolution analog broadcast signal (the 720 x 480 resolution is a 4:3 aspect ratio.)

Hope this helps a little -

Greg Loveria
Conklin, NY USA

Jan 03, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-EH50 DVD Recorder

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