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proliferation of u-verse message channels & blank stations
I try to limit the channels in the GUIDE to the ones I most watch, and hide the others. Yet a couple of days ago, there now appears 8 channels called "U-Verse Message Channel" (4 in HD, 4 regular: 122/1122, 248/1248, etc.). Nothing is there except some blurry color photo. Very annoying since I have to go to each TV to hide them (which I did once before,yet appear again). And now another 8 channels called "What's on Multiview" are here (4 n HD, 4 regular: 123/1123, 249/1249, etc.). Again, nothing there but some info on multiviews. I could understand maybe one of each, but getting 16 useless stations is very annoying. I called AT&T,and 4 different people tried to help me, virtually none understanding the issue. I've spent one hour so far trying to figure this out,and no one seems to know anything about the proliferation of these and other ad stations. Personally, the Guide function is terrible, and not as user friendly as the one I had with satellite TV (for example, to hide station 1333, I have to scroll through all of them to get to it, whereas with Dish I had simply to type in the station number and uncheck it. Also, satellite allowed me to choose favorite stations for the Guide, whereas U-Verse has me instead to opt out -- much more labor intensive,esp. since new stations often appear that are not on my service place. You have to hide all the stations not on your plan whereas satellite only showed me the ones I pay for. Final Guide gripe: the HD stations should be next to their non-HD versions,not listed somewhere off a 1000 stations later. In this day and age of computers, you'd think the Guide would be more user friendly. Considering switching back to satellite.