Appreciate the replies. Whatever the limitation is, it would be nice to have a better understanding of what it is and how DirecTV intendes (or not) to fix it.
Also, I wonder how DirecTV's method for managing OTA channel guide data (not channel tuning specifics, but just the guide data) differs from that employed by Dish? Does Dish have similar guide data limitations, and if not, how do they manage it differently?
As you may know, as long as you subscribe to locals through Dish, they will allow you to receive all channels that you can physically tune over-the-air, whether or not Dish knows of its existence or not. They allow scanning and manual OTA setup. Those tunable channels will populate in your guide. This is because, I believe, Dish identifies a channel by data the local channel broadcasts. It then correlates that identifying info to the guide data (upcoming programming) that comes from the sat. If a channel or subchannel does not have upcoming programming guide data in the sat stream, then the channels still shows in the guide, just with a "no guide data available" type message of some sort. It's so simple it's brilliant.
Edited by tkrandall, 15 July 2011 - 03:11 PM.