TV Guide Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) for the United States and Canada
EyeTV 3.1 introduces a new electronic programming guide for North
American users: TV Guide, provided by Macrovision Solutions
Corporation. The TV Guide EPG features:
- 14 days of guide data
- Rich cast, ratings and genre information for many programs
- Episode information for many series, enabling EyeTV’s new Smart Series Guide feature (see below)
- Pictures (coming soon)
year of EPG service is included for new and all existing EyeTV 3 users.
After that, an additional year of service is available for US$ 19.95.
For first time EyeTV users, TV Guide is the only EPG available in the Setup Assistant for the US & Canada.
Existing EyeTV 3 users who already have a TitanTV EPG setup and upgrade
to EyeTV 3.1 may opt to continue to use TitanTV as their EPG provider.
At a later date, but no later than December 31, 2010, TV Guide will
become the sole EPG provider for EyeTV.
To switch the EPG to
TV Guide, please run the EyeTV Setup Assistant, including a new
auto-tune, to create your TV Guide account. This will clear your
existing guide data and the download of the new TV Guide data will
begin. To take advantage of the new Smart Series Guide feature (see
below), wait for the download to complete.
is currently not available via TV Guide. Users in the United States can
use Remote Scheduling via a free TitanTV.com account. To create a
TitanTV.com account, go to TitanTV.com and click the Signup link.
Smart Series Guides
It’s easy to record entire seasons of your favorite shows with EyeTV
3.1’s new Smart Series Guides. All shows on the same channel which are
part of the same series are recorded automatically. This feature is
currently supported with the tvtv and TV Guide EPGs.
To create a Smart Series Guide, click the Record All button at the bottom of the program’s EPG details view:
a Smart Series Guide automatically creates a corresponding Smart
Playlist. Once created, a Smart Series Guide works like any other Smart
Guide. To preview the upcoming episodes that will be recorded, click
the Smart Series Guide in the sidebar.
EPG Search By Genre
EyeTV 3.1 features a custom search criteria for program genres, to
make it easier to find similar shows. This feature is currently
supported with the tvtv and TV Guide EPGs.
To help parents protect their children from objectionable content, EyeTV 3.1 adds support for Parental Controls.
What are Parental Controls?
Television programs often are transmitted with age and content based ratings attached, or have an associated rating from the Electronic Programming Guide. Parental Controls allow parents to block specific content, individually for each Mac OS X user account on their computer, by setting a maximum allowed rating, and by blocking certain channels.
Parental Controls can be overridden by entering a PIN. If you're using Parental Controls for the first time, the default PIN is 0000 (all zeros). You should change that by selecting a new PIN. Press the Change PIN... button, and enter a new 4 digit combination.
Note that the Parental Controls feature does not work with pre-existing recordings.
Which Ratings Systems does EyeTV support?
By default, EyeTV will will select the appropriate ratings system, based on the user’s location. If EyeTV is not able to determine the ratings information from the TV video stream, it will use the associated ratings information from the EPG (if available).
USA — EyeTV supports the broadcast TV and the MPAA ratings systems. Most broadcast and cable TV programs in the US contain a TV rating.
Canada — Canadian users can choose between English and French versions of the Canadian TV ratings system.
Europe — For European users, EyeTV uses the Age rating contained in DVB video streams.
If you receive television via the analog output of a set top box, the video stream may not always contain ratings information — we recommend using the set top box’s Parental Controls feature for best protection.
How do I block certain channels with Parental Controls?
For added protection, Parental Controls features a whitelist to restrict the channels that can be watched.
By default, all channels start out as unchecked. Select the channels you want to allow your child to watch. You can use the search field at the top right of this window to narrow down the channel list.
How can I export recordings when using Parental Controls?
When Parental Controls are on, manual exports will be blocked, unless you enter the PIN for one-time access. A window asking for the PIN will appear when you select the Export command.
Automatic exports associated with Wi-Fi Access will still occur, even when Parental Controls are active.
Automatic exports associated with manual or repeated schedules require entering the PIN.
Support has been added for the following devices:
• The 2009 North American version of EyeTV Hybrid, a USB stick that supports ATSC digital television, Clear QAM unencrypted digital cable television, and NTSC analog television, as well as FM Radio.
• The Hauppauge HD PVR, a capture device with component video and analog and S/PDIF optical audio inputs. This device requires a Macintosh computer with an Intel processor. The infrared remote receiver is not supported. The infrared remote blaster cannot legally be supported on the Macintosh. The minimum firmware supported is 1.15, and must be flashed on a PC using Hauppauge’s driver software.
Fixed a bug where a manual schedule's start time could be late by several seconds, causing late recordings and/or scheduling conflicts.
A problem where scheduling conflicts were not reported after editing a scheduled recording has been corrected.
Fixed a problem that could lead to a crash when adding schedules or Smart Guides in the EPG via the contextual menu.
Channel list on non-admin accounts are now saved correctly.
Fixed a crash when manually adding a DVB-C channel with specific parameters.
Fixed a problem where EyeTV CI did not recover from sleep when using a Mac mini.
Fixed a bug with the IR Remote navigation when the Caps Lock key was enabled.