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hey guys,

I am having issues with adding US guide data to WMC using windows 7. I setup as a US setup to get the guide ID, then I re setup as a canada location. I changed the atsccustom with the guide ID, but when I run the USguide.bat it errors and says the file already exists.

Where is the file located that I need to delete? I have tried rerunning a complete setup and no go.

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I recently had a mechanical failure in the system drive of my HTPC. When I did a fresh install I decided to setup WMC differently. Instead of using the hack, I ran setup while routed through a VPN (effectively a USA ip address). Everything works beautifully (2x digital and 1x analog tuner). Once setup is complete WMC will behave normally with guide updates, etc with no need for VPN.
 

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As you may remember I live in Scarborough but have MC setup as if I live in the US so that I can get all of the US online services like Netflix, Hulu, etc (I use unblock-us{dot}com as an IP spoofing service). I want to use your hack in reverse to get Rogers digital cable guide data into my "US" system.

I have two tuners (OTA and PVR-150 connected to a Rogers digital cable SD box) and I ran TV setup in Win7 MC where I entered a Zip Code from Lewiston, NY. The OTA lineup is perfect, including Canadian and US OTA channels. But my cable lineup is all screwed up as MC thinks that I have Time Warner Cable - although the IR blaster does work fine to change channels on my SD3200 cable box.

Is this all I need to do to get the Canadian guide data into MC:
  1. Swap the US and CA codes in the Registry lines in the xml file.
  2. Changes the "Subscriptions" argument to be a Rogers digital cable lineup in my area.
If I do this will I now see all of the Rogers digital Canadian channels in the lineup?

Do I not have to do any sort of initial setup for all of my TV lineup? Or is that what the TorontoGuide.mxf file (or whatever city) actually does? Does this just add the new lineup to the existing lineups or does it replace other lineups?

Does this mean that I manually have to map all of the hundreds of channels that I receive - ie channel 407=TSN, channel 221=Treehouse, etc? That will be somewhat painful - any idea if there is a way of automating this using a batch script and a text file that I could create from Rogers' website of the channel listings?

In your "Add Multiple Guide Listings..." writeup you mention Guide ID 189833220. Is this the correct number for Rogers Mississauga? I guess I can use this for my lineup as all I need is the guide data, not the channel assignments which I have to enter manually. Is the number in the ATSCToronto file (189852674) the number for Rogers Digital Toronto, etc? If not would you happen to know the Guide ID number for a Rogers lineup in the Toronto area.

Would you recommend that I nuke the Time Warner cable setup (so that I don't have hundreds of unused channels in my system)? If so would you happen to know how to delete this or is it painfully obvious?

Is there any quick way to delete all existing channel mappings for my cable tuenr? I have downloaded Guide Tool which looks like it may help at doing this.

I guess your USGuide.bat file also runs immediately due to the schtasks.exe /run /tn ATSCImportToronto line, correct? This will allow me to immediately see if the process worked.
 

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FYI:

I recently had a mechanical failure in the system drive of my HTPC. When I did a fresh install I decided to setup WMC differently. Instead of using the hack, I ran setup while routed through a VPN (effectively a USA ip address). Everything works beautifully (2x digital and 1x analog tuner). Once setup is complete WMC will behave normally with guide updates, etc with no need for VPN.
What are your sources? Is atsc guide listings working for Canada Ota channels?

How do I remove the atsc hack?
 

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Wayne:

Sorry, this is going to be somewhat painful but should work.

Step 1: Set up your Rogers cable, get the guide ID from the about page
Step 2: Set up again using the US Zipcode, select a digital cable provider (looks like this is done)
Step 3: Modify the MXF and XML files for Toronto to replace guide ID with the one you got from step 1.
Step 4: Modify the XML file for Toronto to invert US and CA in the scheduled task setup
Step 5: Run USGuide.bat, you should now have the listings for Rogers cable
Step 6: Manually remap all of the digital cable channels, Guide Tool may help with this

The guideID you're seeing in the hack currently is likely the guide ID for ATSC from the Buffalo area.

Pete
 

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To do step 1 will I have to change my country setting to Canada? Will that cause any problems with other US-only stuff that I may have set up - like the Netflix plugin and Hulu desktop? Is this step just to get the GuideID? If so can I just do that on another PC and then retrieve that number. Or could I just ask anyone else in Ontario for the GuideID number - I only really care about channels 100-499 and above and that is the same for everyone in Ontario I think.

If I do step 1 on my main HTPC then I guess I will have to redo step 2 since it will require a US ID, correct?
 

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Wayne:

Correct on all fronts. Shouldn't cause any issues with the US-specific stuff as you'll be setting it back to US in step 2. You could easily get the guideID from another machine or another user, but it'll need to be a machine with the STB hardware all set up in order to get the guide for rogers digital.

Sorry, I'm in Cogeco territory or I'd get it for you.

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Thanks Peter - I think I have an unused PVR150 around somewhere. I will throw that in another Win7 PC and run the setup to see what I get for the Guide ID. I will then post it here for future reference.
 

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You could easily get the guideID from another machine or another user, but it'll need to be a machine with the STB hardware all set up in order to get the guide for rogers digital.

Sorry, I'm in Cogeco territory or I'd get it for you.
On second thought - does it matter if I use a Cogeco Guide ID? Isn't the object here to just get all of the Canadian digital cable channels into MC. Cogeco has (pretty much) the exact same digital cable lineup as Rogers. Can you please send me your Guide ID and I will try it?

edit - What I mean is that it doesn't matter if the channel numbers are correct, I just need the channels in the system, right?
 

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Pnear,

I am new to windows media center and am quite enjoying it. I have a canadian atsc antenna and a american set top box as my sources. I first ran the hack to scan ota from a canadian postal code, and I am able to get my ota channels. I then setup my system of a us zip to get the guide number to use. I cannot get any guide info from my ota, and the guide wont update for the us source. currently i am set to a us zip, and I have tried running the guide update with my vpn running and still no go.

how do I fix this, and what are my options? is there a way to reset and start over?

when I run the USbat file it says it already exists and errors. I have no idea where to find this file.

Thanks for the help.
 

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yes, they all worked but the usbat, says the file exists is there a way to remove the hack? get us guide and cdn atsc guide?
 

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In another thread, Peter advised me to remove the Scheduled Task under Control Panel before rerunning the usguide.bat file.
 

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What are your sources? Is atsc guide listings working for Canada Ota channels?

How do I remove the atsc hack?
I have two atsc tuners and one analog tuner.

The guide is working perfectly for both Canadian and us listings ota... I can't get listings for wcfe PBS though because zap2it doesn't list them for any USA address close to Ottawa.
 
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