Enable EPG TV Guide In Media Center

Updated about 10 mths, 26 days ago (July 27, 2023). Know a better answer? Let me know!

Enable EPG TV Guide in Media Center

How to enable the Electronic Program Guide for TV broadcasts in Vista or XP Media Center for use in Australia.

Note: Windows 7’s Media Center (and Vista Media Center with the TV Pack 2008 update) are able to get the EPG data from the digital stream from the tuner, so will not need this workaround. They will still say they can’t use EPG data during the TV tuning stage, but once you’ve tuned some channels you’ll start to get EPG data.

If you live in a country such as Australia, where Microsoft have been unable or unwilling to license usage rights for electronic programme guides, you’ll find that the TV Guide section of your Media Center is woefully nonexistent.

If you like watching TV on your Media Center, the lack of TV Guide is a fairly annoying limitation. Fortunately, there’s a very easy workaround.

There are several sites that provide alternative guide data in situations such as this. One of them is epgStream.net. To set up your Media Center to use epgStream.net’s TV Guide, follow the simple instructions on their site. You’ll need to register for their service, but it’s free.

Note that you will need a Microsoft Hotfix and a registry update file if you are using Vista Media Center. Normally, you’d have to contact Microsoft to get this hotfix, but it’s available for download from the downloads section of www.xpmediacentre.com.au. Once again, you’ll need to register, but once again, it’s free. Alternatively, download this RAR file (KB935685_-_32_bit.rar, 193 KB) which contains the hotfix and required registry file, but note that we take no responsibility if using this causes problems. Once you have obtained the hotfix and registry file, install the hotfix and merge the registry file with your registry (usually by double-clicking it).

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User submitted comments:

SuperRoo, about 8 yrs, 2 mths ago
Friday April 1, 2016 12:36 AM

Unfortunately epgstream.net points to a bathroom furniture site....any other free epg sites?

Ned, about 8 yrs, 2 mths ago
Friday April 1, 2016 2:14 AM

That is pretty random… You should be able to get the EPG data directly from the digital stream nowadays.

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