If you have Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate, and you have a TV signal connected to your computer, you can use the Guide to keep track of TV listings in Windows Media Center. The Guide is useful for scheduling programs you want to record in Windows Media Center, and for simply browsing through channels to see what's on TV.
To find your favorite programs more easily, you can configure your Guide listings to match your local service provider's guide listings.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Guide, and then click Set Up Guide Listings.
Follow the directions on the screen to set up Guide listings for your area.
If you are asked to select a TV service provider, and you're not sure which one to select, check a recent bill or statement from your TV service provider to find the appropriate information.
The providers listed in Windows Media Center vary by ZIP or Postal Code. If the provider you subscribe to is not listed for the ZIP or Postal Code you entered, try entering codes for nearby areas to find the appropriate Guide listings.
Configuring your Guide listings using a ZIP or Postal Code might not be available in all markets.
You can set up Windows Media Center to automatically update Guide listings, but you can also download the most recent Guide information manually.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Guide, and then click Get Latest Guide Listings.
When prompted, select Yes to begin downloading the Guide listings. You are notified when the Guide update is complete. You can continue to use Windows Media Center and the Guide while new Guide information is being downloaded.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Guide, and then click Add Missing Channels.
Click Add Channel.
Type the name of the missing channel, and then click Next.
Type the number of the missing channel, and then click Next.
If prompted, type the physical number of the missing channel, and then click Add.
Click Add DTV Channel.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Guide, and then click Edit Channels.
Click Edit Numbers, and then make the changes you want.
Clear the check box to clear or delete a channel.
An analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center. If your computer did not come with a TV tuner card, you might be able to add one. For more information about obtaining a TV tuner card, see Get help for your TV tuner card or contact your computer manufacturer.