They ALL do that.
What makes it better with no guide data?
This is really a discussion about nothing. For zero dollars DirecTV will replace equipment that is multiple generations old with better that does more, and far more quickly.
I have had DirecTV since about 18 months after it launched. I have replaced (always at no or a nominal charge) my receivers for what is now the 5th time, and will get a Genie when I relocate to my retirement home in a couple of years (no real reason to rewire the current house at this point).
This seems like a discussion of some people saying they COULD still drive on the streets through town and are really mad the interstate openned.
No, it is not for zero dollars. I will have to replace reliable owned receivers with with leased POS receivers at the cost of $10 month each. That certainly is not free. I will drop to one receiver because one of the Sony's was used for the VCR which died die years ago.
Leasing is a stupid business model to me. The original AT&T dropped it decades ago. But, if I am to get anything more than over the air tv, it seems that I must lease some sort of set top box from someone with the monthly cost going on forever. I would gladly buy a new receiver when the legacy guide goes away, but I won't be allowed that option.
Sure, the new receivers have more bells and whistles. I expect that when I get a new receiver, it will be like many things I own. I will be paying for features that will never be used. Or they will used only once to see if they are useful and those features really aren't useful to me.