Missing Guide Data from Windows Media Center–Workaround
It appears that there is a widespread issue causing certain channels to have no guide data in Windows Media Center. The ball is pretty clearly in Microsoft’s court, but as far as I can tell there are no more players on team Media Center so I expect this one to take a while to fix.
Like me, many Canadians set up Media Center using a nearby US zip code to enable all of the high-definition TV features. Unfortunately it seems that the zip code closest to Toronto has been particularly hard hit by this bug.
I’ve updated my Media Center hack to help work around this issue by running a single batch file. Full updated instructions and zip file are located at the Windows Experts wiki here.
Essentially, this will supplement your buggy US listings with additional listings from Canadian cable and satellite providers. Canadian providers tend to carry lots of US stations as well, so this may also be a decent workaround for some of our friends to the south.
Early reports from users at Digital Home Canada indicate that this workaround has been successful for everyone who has implemented it.
Finally, I’ve logged the bug with Microsoft (click here). Please vote it up and mark “I can too” stating that you are able to reproduce the bug as well. This might help to speed up the official fix.