NOTE: This post is supposed to have two images which are hosted on a image service. I have tried at least 10 times to include the photo. When I do that, using the photo button in the editor, and then post, the website tells me that I have illegal HTML and strips the images out of the post. Hey Dish, why does everything you touch lately turn to crap? Why can't you make your website work so we can post simple images? This is truly sad. Sorry people, there should be images, but I cannot seem to get them to be included.
I have been complainging about this for maybe 2 years now. Even with paid local service, there are many channels which do not have program data. BUT the local guide data is included in almost all OTA streams. There is about 8+ hours of guide data FOR FREE over the air. Of the 75+ OTA channels I can receive, most of them have guide data WHEN VIEWED ON MY TV! BUT NOT ON MY DISH Receiver.
I also have an older digital set without a tuner. I purchased a device from Dish 8 years ago (2008). This box, which has no network connection, has an on-screen guide that looks very much like the older Dish satellite set top's guide. ALL the data is collected over the air, and I get about 8 to 10 hours of guide data for all OTA channels. Some channels do not include data, so they are blank other than the channel name. This is a box that is 8 years old, and obviously Dish knew how to get that data then, but why not now. Especially now that they have a dual channel OTA tuner. They can easily program the receiver to use an unused OTA tuner to populate the guide once every 6 hours or so. No excuse.
Note channels 002-04 and 002-03 both have data while 002-02 does not have data. Also note that the description of the Match Game which was on 002-04 is also filled in.
Here is the Hopper-3 guide taken about 1 minute later. Note that channels 002-02, 002-03, and 002-04 have no data at all, just a channel description for every hour, which is inaccurate. Also note that the description (or lack of) of the show currently playing is empty.
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