We have two TV's attached to DTA's, not High Def cable boxes. The channel guide that used to be available - up to December 1st or so - was almost completely useless. Most of the screen was given up to the worst sort of dreck - infomercials, "American Idol" features, etc - so the "channel guide" consisted of 2 or 3 lines at the bottom of the screen with truncated program names that took 5 minutes or so to scroll from start to finish. And, the "guide" didn't even list all the channels we received!
So, I was really happy when we started to see notices on the channel guide station that the channel guide was going to "full screen." I had visions of a full screen of channel guide information that might be big enough to allow for complete program names and that could display from start to finish in just a minute or so! Be still my beating heart!
Well, instead, the "full screen" is now dedicated completely to the dreck. As far as I can tell there's no "channel guide" anymore in the mundane sense of allowing a viewer to know "what's on."
once you go fios you'd never want to go back. The only reason I did is I moved to an area that doesn't have fios yet but it was much better all around. For now though where I live I have the digital cable box in the living room and since we never use the tv i the bedroom anyway other than maybe twice a year, I got a dta for it.
But in genral FIOS is short for Fiber Optic System, just the method that the signals are carried. The signals are carried by pulses of laser light over thin glass cables instead of a electrical signal over copper cable.
I am having the same issue and have been told that my two TVs hooked up to DTAs will no longer have channel guides available, unless i upgrade each TV to full cable boxes at a cost of $8 per month per TV.
This is ridiculous that I pay for cable TV but apparently have no way to know what is playing unless I run downstairs to the family room to see what is on. Or pay another $16 per month, plus I'm sure more add-on and hidden fees. Just to get a channel guide.
This is a huge take-away in service.
Not cool. Not acceptable. And such poor customer service when I called in about the issue - Comcast will now probably lose a customer.
I think Comcast is doing everything they can to move everybody to full cable boxes, and the rental income they get from that. The guide info is inserted locally and overlaid on the national TVGuide video feed. It sounds like they are deliberately dropping the guide in your area based on the warnings you received.
I still have the guide by me, but haven't watched it long enough to see if there are warning messages on it, yet.