Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Discuss the reverse engineering and emulation (as opposed to simulation) of any sort of Prevue hardware, including Atari-based and Amiga-based EPG channels and the Amiga-based Prevue/TV Guide channels.
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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by JoeTheDragon » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:11 pm

AriX wrote:Sad news in the past few months for what's left of Prevue Interactive... the platform is soon to be replaced by what Rovi calls "TotalGuide" and what Comcast calls "X1." That said, the new guide looks a LOT nicer than the current i-Guide ;)
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ ... tation.pdf
http://www.rovicorp.com/webdocuments/pr ... Literature
Interestingly, Rovi notes that the new guide will be run "alongside i-Guide to ease consumer adoption." I wonder what that will look like.

(Rovi still sells i-Guide here, and it was, at one point, sold by Prevue Interactive.)
WOW X1 is old shows the old VS / GOLF HD channel.

Iguide likely will live on the older boxes for a long time as well.


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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by AriX » Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:26 am

woddfellow2 wrote:I'll just leave this here:

http://www.bluestarmediagroup.com/tciti ... imenu.html
Yeah, that one is pretty interesting (I linked to it in my first post ;))

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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by woddfellow2 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:51 pm

Oh; sorry for the redundancy and not re-reading the OP... :oops:
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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by tin » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:29 am

Well it was a whole shed-load better than some of the stuff getting posted on here recently :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by AriX » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:52 pm

woddfellow2 wrote:Oh; sorry for the redundancy and not re-reading the OP... :oops:
Of course, no problem! It was a very dense post... I attempted a brain-dump of everything I know about this software :p

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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by RiverNix123 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:07 pm

AriX wrote:
JFR_SneakPrevue98 wrote:I am just wondering if there is an Operating System that Prevue Interactive (now TV Guide i-Guide), runs on. There is or was another Interactive Guide called MOXI (by Diego now called Arris), that runs on a form of Linux. With the MOXI software and the OS lived on the 80 GB hard drive in which made the recording space less than what is stated on the specs sheet for the MOXI DVR Box. I believe on the Motorola DVR and non-DVR Boxes there should be a place to put a flash card where the software and OS could live.
Quick note - this software is not called "TV Guide i-Guide" - the current version is called either "i-Guide" or "GuideWorks"; the former version is called "TV Guide Interactive," and the one before that is "Prevue Interactive."

Anyway, the software doesn't run on an "operating system" the way our computers do -- and it's certainly not Linux-based. Rather, it's a large program built on Motorola's DCT APIs, and it's somewhat modular (for adding stuff like interactive content and On Demand). The Motorola firmware is stored in Flash memory somewhere inside the box, and i-Guide is simply stored in RAM, since it is redownloaded every time the box needs to reset, and I don't believe the boxes are capable of booting from an external disk.
It was called in the TV Guide Interactive days, TV Guide on Screen. Some Charter cable boxes, like at one of the local Asheville auto shops. Right where the TV Guide logo is, used to have the 1998 rebranded logo.
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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by AriX » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:06 pm

Some neat Prevue Interactive/TV Guid Interactive clips I stumbled on:
https://archive.org/details/CustomerInstructional
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_CaSlVB_K8&app=desktop

The TV Guide Interactive one clearly uses parts of the graphics package from the original TV Guide Channel in 1999.

Also of interest: the i-Guide, which is the modern descendent of Prevue Interactive, got a redesign for the first time in a while. They call it the "i-Guide HD."'

(Btw Rovi, which of course owns parts of the legacy of Prevue, has rebranded itself yet again to "TiVo". How confusing is that?)

https://business.tivo.com/products-solu ... guide.html
http://www.pioncomm.net/wp-content/uplo ... 32FAQs.pdf

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Re: Prevue Interactive Reverse Engineering

Post by kwest93 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:29 pm

AriX wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Some neat Prevue Interactive/TV Guid Interactive clips I stumbled on:
https://archive.org/details/CustomerInstructional
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_CaSlVB_K8&app=desktop

The TV Guide Interactive one clearly uses parts of the graphics package from the original TV Guide Channel in 1999.

Also of interest: the i-Guide, which is the modern descendent of Prevue Interactive, got a redesign for the first time in a while. They call it the "i-Guide HD."'

(Btw Rovi, which of course owns parts of the legacy of Prevue, has rebranded itself yet again to "TiVo". How confusing is that?)

https://business.tivo.com/products-solu ... guide.html
http://www.pioncomm.net/wp-content/uplo ... 32FAQs.pdf
it seems that they didn't forget about it because that has been the i-guide Rovi has had since 2004.

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