If your computer has no TV tuner, an optional analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record TV in Windows Media Center.
The Guide provides TV listings to help you find, watch, and record TV shows. It may contain up to 14 days of TV listings at a time, and you can download updated listings whenever you want.
The Guide listings are selected when you identify your Guide package while setting up Windows Media Center. However, if the Guide is displaying incorrect information or lists several channels that you do not subscribe to, you can change your Guide settings. For more information, see Set up Guide listings.
Occasionally, your local TV service provider updates their Guide listings. To ensure that all your channels are current, you may want to manually download the latest Guide listings. When you set up Windows Media Center, you select whether you want Windows Media Center to automatically download the Guide or whether you want to initiate the download yourself.
You need to connect to the Internet and initiate a download to receive Guide updates. For the most up-to-date information, it is recommended that you connect to the Internet and get Guide listings at least once per day.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Guide, and then click Get Latest Guide Listings.
Click Yes to confirm that you want to download the latest Guide listings.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click General, and then click Automatic Download Options.
Under Select download method for guide and other Windows Media Center information, do one of the following:
Click Download when connected if you want Windows Media Center to automatically download Guide information when you are connected to the Internet.
Click Manual download if you want to control when you download Guide listings. You may need to select this option if Windows Media Center cannot connect to the Internet and download the Guide. If you choose this option, it is recommended you download updated listings regularly to make sure to get any last-minute schedule changes.