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All I Want for Christmas is Guide Data

All I Want for Christmas is Guide DataIt appears the holidays may not be so happy if you’re counting on your Windows Media Center PC to continue recording all of your favorite television shows! As we discovered while trying to manually add a recording (see screenshot) and confirmed via Microsoft Connect, there is something preventing Windows Media Center from getting guide data past the 26th of this month. Head on over to the Connect article to file your comment, and if you’re having the same issue make sure you click the link indicating that you can reproduce the bug. We’re also trying to contact Microsoft to get a quicker response.

Update 4:46pm ET: Microsoft has commented on this Connect article (same issue, but different post) the following:

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This has been escalated to our data providers.

That’s an interesting comment from Microsoft though as Zap2It’s, which is Microsoft’s guide data provider, website shows guide data through January 2nd.

Update 12/23/2011: It appears as though Microsoft and Zap2It have figured out the issue. Guide data has returned! Just as it has always worked, you won’t need to do anything to update your guide listings. The listings will be downloaded automatically for you, if they haven’t been already. If you haven’t received updated listings yet you can manually force an update. From the Media Center home screen go to Tasks > Settings > TV > Guide > Get Latests Guide Listings.

Source: Microsoft Connect

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.