NOTE: The EPG supplied it's not an MS supplied guide and is therefore still at the mercy of the individual networks and how they want to provide the information. The information reliability is not down to MS. Channel Nine for instance does not conform to MCE movies tag standard therefore its movies will not be flagged when looking at movie guide or if you enable colours in the guide their movies will not appear purple.
So those new to the "post TV pack" era on Windows Media PC's - don't be frightened or alarmed
The transmitted EPG is a good place to begin, although many enthusiasts move to providers such as IceTV, Big Screen EPG or use 3rd party scripts in conjunction with community efforts such as Oztivo or their TV guide needs.
Below are the principles behind the aussie EPG. Its not all that pretty but at least these days we have a guide standard .
From the ACMA
Electronic program guide principles
The electronic program guide (EPG) principles were published by the ACMA on 2 June 2009.
The EPG principles were published to provide guidance to industry and assist with the development of digital television services that meet viewer requirements. The principles provide a clear performance benchmark for broadcasters supplying EPG data for free-to-air digital television services.
Principle 1: Each broadcaster should provide EPG data that is freely available. Each FTA broadcaster should transmit EPG data free of charge to the public. The EPG data should be available as part of the free-to-air transmission and the EPG information should be available, unencrypted, in the Event Information Table (EIT) section of the Service Information (SI) data provided as part of the DVB-T broadcast. The EPG data should not solely be available as a result of a broadband subscription, the purchase of ‘middleware’ or as a result of a contractual agreement between the broadcaster and the end-user.
Principle 2: Broadcast EPG data should provide critical information. Critical information includes information that supports the basic EPG driven operations of standard consumer equipment. Critical information is that information described in the operational practices FreeTV Australia OP-44 Implementation Guide for DVB EIT present/following Information (EIT p/f) (Issue 4, Jan 2009) and Free TV Australia OP58 Implementation Guide for DVB EIT Schedule Information (EIT scheduleactual) (Issue 1, Jan 2009) developed by FreeTV Australia. The critical information should be updated in accordance with the requirements specified in the operational practices and include:
- accurate information about the present and following programs being aired (including starting times);
- a minimum of seven days of schedule information; and
- accurate and useful parental guidance rating information in accordance with the Australian standards.
Edited by simbot82, 22 October 2009 - 08:13 PM.