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Anyone know when the new HD On-Screen Guide will be released? A letter was sent out with the monthly bills over a year ago telling about the new G1 satellite, Video On Demand (VOD) and the HD On-Screen Guide, all to start last fall.
 

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I thought I saw an image of what the new guide was supposed to look like on Shaw's website, but it could have been a shot of their digital cable guide even though it was on the Shaw Direct website.
 

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How far behind is Shaw?

I've just recently moved to SD from Bell Sat. Not sure if it was the best decision or not ... but this guide is just awful! For some reason I thought they'd have something from this century.
 

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The guide may be clunky, but it's at least functional. I find Bell's guide doesn't display enough of a program name without having to hit Info.
 

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We know very little about the new HD guide, in fact all we know for sure is it was to be released last fall.
This letter was included with the Shaw Direct May >2012< bill.
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>>>May 2012<<<
This spring, we will be the first to provide streaming Video On Demand through your Internet connection and satellite receiver. Shaw Direct On Demand will launch with access to over 1000 movies and TV shows - many of them FREE and in stunning HD - delivered directly to your TV through your receiver. And this is just the beginning - we will be adding thousands of new HD titles in the months ahead;

Our EXCLUSIVE Internet service bundling partnership with XPLORNET kicks off in May. Shaw Direct customers can save over $100 on Xplornet's high speed Internet service. Starting May 9, visit shawdirect.ca to learn more and get access to this special offer.

This fall, we will be introducing a new High-Definition On-Screen Guide with PVR expander capabilities; and,

Finally, we are extremely excited about the launch of our new satellite, Anik G1, this November! This will bring you more HD programming than ever. Shaw Direct will have up to 200 HD CHANNELS, the most HD in Canada! Information on these new channels will be available soon, including the launch of more local channels from across Canada.

Plus, all of the receivers in our new lineup are HD, 3D, MPEG-4 and 1080p compatible and ready for the future.
 

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Hi Bayguy,

The HD guide is supposed to make better use of wide screen tvs (16:9). Our current guide is just a stretched out version of the 4:3 guide. The new HD guide would give us an extra hour of programming. Instead of the current hour an a half of shows shown in the IPG there would be another hour tacked on. There would some other enhancements as well.

A good example of an HD Guide can be found on Shaw's own Cable TV website...
http://www.shaw.ca/television/hd-guide/
 

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7.xx wish list

The 6.xx are a couple years old now so I've started a wish list for the next gen of receivers:

Whole home PVR
HD Guide
Caller ID that works
Manage recordings on PVR remotely via the net
Built in Slingbox
2TB Hard Dive

What can I say I want more, but for now just a HD guide for the 6.xx will due.
 

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My caller ID on the 605 works just fine. I had to tweak settings on my VoIP ATA to make it closer resemble the calling pattern of a POTS line, but since then there's been no issue at all.
 

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Snickerdoodles - What ATA are you using? And what settings did you change to get it to work? I'm using an Obi110 with voip.ms. CID works maybe 10% of the time.
 

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I'm using an SPA2000 and it was set to a trapezoidal ringform at 25Hz by default. Setting it to sinusoidal at 20Hz resolved the issue and CID works 100% of the time.

I have a pair of Obi202s at my store and they both had those settings set correctly from the factory, so your Obi110 probably does too. I should point out that I have an SPA112 I use here at home for a business line and even when I change those settings I still can't get the CID to come up on TV, and I've tried this with both voip.ms and Acanac VoIP accounts. I haven't played around with many of the settings though (e.g. voltage) so there's probably still some stuff to try that I haven't bothered with.

Either way, I suspect any issues with CID not showing up are related to VoIP ATAs in some form or another rather than the box itself.
 

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I'm using Bell and CID only works 1 out of 20 calls.
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I received this reply from Shaw Direct today:

We never actually had a confirmed date for the HD guide. Right now, we’re looking at a possible launch this fall, but there is nothing set in stone. Shaw Cable launched their HD guide last fall, so I’m afraid there may have been some miscommunication in regards to this.
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Miscommunication maybe, but it was SD that sent out the letter a year ago to Shaw Direct customers.
 

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I also remember looking into shaw direct as I was possibly moving to an area without cable tv service.

I remember on their website it clearly stated that they were going to launch an HD guide by fall of last year I believe. Obviously, they have since removed that part of their website.
 

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Is their any news on the HD guide coming? I believe if it doesn't come before the new tv season in the fall,we won't see it come anytime soon. I don't think that they will take a chance of the new guide having glitches and people not being able to record their shows. I know chances of big problems are minimal, but don't big updates usually come in the off season of new fall tv shows?
 

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^^^ Bump! ???? HD guide?

Just saw Bell's new guide at a friends house, not sure how new it is, buts nicer than SD's.
 

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I saw the guide at a conference for Eastern Ontario with Shaw. Honestly, I have no idea when it will launch, but you shouldn't hold your breath for anything insane. It's a welcomed change, but it won't change your entire viewing experience - it's a guide, after all.

The one thing that you should be looking forward to is the 700 series line of receivers. From what I've been told, we'll be looking at whole-home PVR systems this coming fall. For anyone that doesn't care about whole-home PVR systems, wait out a bit and brace yourselves for some insane deals on 630s!
 
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