How do you get a handle on program guide clutter?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by TheJ3RK, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. TheJ3RK

    TheJ3RK Cool Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    I got to looking at the guide and started counting the infomercial channels. I cant count that high. I used to try and keep them weeded out by making a favorites list. This was tedious. With the addition of HD, game channels, adding, removing, and moving channels this just became a chore. (Multiply this chore by the number of receivers owned. :roundandr)

    My question is how do YOU handle this?

    Is there a way to share favorite lists between receivers?
  2. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    There is not a way to share your favorites list.

    I handle it by going to custom list 1, removing all channels, add channels I get, and just going through each channel one by one and removing those that I do not want to see. I am very picky about what channels I see in my guide because it's faster to only go through the ones I actually watch. About once a month I go through each one to see if there is something I want to add or delete.

    Yes it is very tedious especially with 7 receivers in the house. My daughters dvr has a very short list, she's nine and we don't allow her to watch most channels without us around.
  3. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Oh, and I make sure that the SD duplicates are hidden.
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I hide hd duplicates, create my favorites lists, and then just update them whenever Sixto mentions a new channel.. Plus I do a full check of them about once a year..

    I would love to be able to push favorites lists from one unit to all other units in a WH setup. That would be so NICE!
  5. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Once set up, maintenance is easier through the info bar. On a channel you want to remove, tune to it, arrow over to the favorites slot and select remove from the lists.
  6. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Is that a typo about hiding HD duplicates?
  7. BosFan

    BosFan Legend

    Sep 28, 2009
    Altoona, WI
    Like Scott said I hide the SD duplicates and add channels I get then go through and pick what I want. I actually create two sets a "long list" & a 'short list". The long list has anything the kids & I might watch and includes seasonal channels like NASCAR hot pass (I know some of them disappear automatically though). The short list is essentially just HD channels, local channels and a few SD channels I regularly watch like HLN. Once this is done on one receiver I write them down so I can quickly recreate them on the others (I only have three though so that's easy). But with the iPad app I did find I could recreate the long list there and use that as my notes, so that was handy!
  8. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    I just ignore them. I know I only care about ~2 - ~50 and ~200 - ~330. If I'm surfing, when I get to 50, I'll just jump to 200. I leave both HD and SD channels on because I know some older shows were not shot in HD and I'd prefer to watch them pillared vs. stretched & distorted.
  9. kovach

    kovach Mentor

    Feb 22, 2010
    I actually downloaded the 'print version' of the channel list from their website, and after I did as many suggested above, hide SD dups and do the 'channels I get', went through the list and unchecked everything not on that list up to channel 700. That weeds out most of the junk. There were a couple obvious mistakes there (1 or 2 of the newer channels noted wrong, and some of the internationals noted with the wrong channel), but the print guide was fairly accurate.

    I also unchecked all the PPV and On Demand channels as you can get to those through the Cinema option on the Menu.

    Got a pretty clean and concise guide now.
  10. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006

    I mean I hide the SD duplicates.. Yeah, that was an ops!
  11. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I just ignore them. Simplest solution I could think of.

  12. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    DirecTV is very clever at sprinkling the "worthless" channels among the channels most people watch so if you just choose the "channels I get" list you will have to put up with the clunkers in your guide right next to your favorites.

    The only solution is to bite the bullet, get out a pad and pencil, and go through the guide with "channels I get" selected. Write down the channel numbers of the ones you enjoy and then create your own favorites list.

    An added bonus is that some of the irritating ads for shows disappear also! I haven't quite figured out how but those colorful ads for shows depend on adjacent channels appearing in the guide. Sometimes, when that adjacent channel isn't in your favorites list, the colorful ad disappears too!
  13. ddrumman2004

    ddrumman2004 Legend

    Mar 28, 2007
    I ignore those channels as well.

    I would be happy if channels I don't some movie channels that I don't subscribe to....wouldn't show up in the "channels I get" option.
  14. TheJ3RK

    TheJ3RK Cool Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Out of 927 channels available, of which I get (subscribed) 811, I have it down to 124.

    85% garbage.
  15. spmccord

    spmccord Cool Member

    Jun 9, 2010
  16. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I maintain favorites lists myself. I wish DIRECTV would allow this stuff to be stored in the cloud and downloaded to multiple receivers but I've been asking for that for years... doesn't seem like it's going to happen.
  17. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I hardly do any channel surfing so I just leave my channel list at ALL. Sometimes it's easier to use the menu search feature to find a channel of interest that I don't usually watch. Other times I just pull out the written channel list provided by DirecTV with my last-installed DVR to find such a channel.
  18. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Between a custom list, the Quick Tune feature, and a Harmony One this problem is slowly disappearing for me.
  19. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    I sit down at one TV and come up with a custom favorites list. I start off by using channels I get, and then I go through and uncheck all of the shopping networks, infomercial networks, foreign language networks, etc. Once I have that custom list finished on that receiver I write them all down and then go around to my other receivers and set them up with the same favorites list. Sure it takes a while, but once it's done I don't have to mess with it much at all, just add channels as needed when they are added, or delete a few if I change packages/drop a premium package.
  20. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Do they stay in place when you reboot?


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