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      06.02.2011 02:12

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      not really good enough, but use my scripts and its not so bad

      You can select the channels you're interested in but only for the main page. However that main page does have a fairly decent layout, quicker and less trouble than other listings. The site hasn't been updated with heavy-duty cruft that just gets in the way like many others, but it still has a pretty hefty top panel ad (I wrote a script to remove that, see below). In fact looking at the html it's remarkably old fashioned.

      However it does nothing to help you. You're on your own wading through your channel selection. (I wrote some greasemonkey -firefox addon - scripts to help with this; see here <a href="http://userscripts.org/users/lorriman">see here</a> ). Want to see just films? Not without one of my scripts, because the 'film' view just shows a small selection of sky channels rather than from your own selection. Pretty rubbish really.

      I still use it though since being a script writer I've been able to augment it and it's easy to script for (including an imdb rating for movies, cool, huh?) which the others aren't. I just hope it doesn't change soon as it's due an update.

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      24.05.2010 15:59
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      Check it out!

      I never buy a TV guide and the one I get free with the Sunday supplements usually ends up in the bin by Tuesday. I also find it difficult to get a clear overview of the TV scheduling by using my Freeview box, so I was quite pleased when I stumbled across the website: http://www.tvguide.co.uk/

      This site allows you to see what TV programmes are on, so you can plan your TV viewing - it is automatically set to show you which programmes are on over the next three hours, but you can also flick ahead at your leisure.

      One aspect of the site that I like is that terrestrial TV channels are listed first, followed by the Freeview channels, followed by channels that exclusive to Sky. This means that you only have to look at what is relevant to you.

      If you are not sure if a certain programme appeals to you, you can place your mouse over the programme listing to read a synopsis. There are also site picks at the top of the site, so you can read a synopsis of a popular programme quickly.

      It's also possible to map out films on a separate grid and to read about new television programmes.

      The site itself is really easy to navigate - the layout has a very professional feel and look to it. It also responds very quickly when you click a tab or a button.

      If I want to see what's on TV I don't generally power up the laptop to access this site. However I do use it during the day, if I know I'm going to be spending the evening in front of the tele and I'm unsure about what's on.

      But brace yourselves readers, there is a new TV Guide devise about town, which allows you to check the television schedule anywhere, anytime... the iPhone app. This free phone application allows you to see the television listings for each channel and to read a small synopsis on each programme while you're on the go.

      Of course, not everybody is lucky / mad enough to own an iPhone and this Dooyoo listing is for the website, which I award five stars, because it provides a comprehensive television roundup on a website that is very easy to navigate.

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        13.03.2010 21:43
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        It'll guide the way!

        This is a great little website for finding out what's on the box, which can be such a chore using the actual guides Sky, Virgin, Freeview etc. provide. They're usually slow, don't have enough information, are very hard to filter through all the channels you never watch and there are no features for finding your favourite shows. tvguide.co.uk is superior in all these aspects.

        The layout is clean and easily readable and colours are used effectively to distinguish between categories (you can also filter through all the channels selected to find, say, only comedy shows or soaps). I like how the main chunk of the page is given to the guide and it is stretched across the page. Often for TV guides there is too much going on either side of the guide distracting from the content.

        There are many features found in the menu bar at the top: upcoming films, film trailers, TV highlights and a list of new series starting. Also present is a very useful "watch online" feature where TVCatchup.com (another very good site) is integrated into the site. I don't use this but I would guess it would be very handy for some people. Another convenient feature is the search tool which has the TV shows pre loaded so they appear as you type. This can be useful for both when you are typing a long show name (Whose Line is it Anyway?) or are unsure of spelling. All episodes in the next week or possibly more are found and recommendations based on your search are displayed below.

        Overall, tvguide.co.uk is a supremely useful website, loaded with features to make your TV viewing experience more efficient and tolerable. No more will you have to mash numerous buttons to go through every channel on your Virgin/Sky etc. box to find something acceptable to watch. Using this site it is easy to search, more pleasant to browse and considerably less irksome to find something to settle down and watch.

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        12.03.2010 20:51
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        A very useful website

        I came across this useful little website a few years ago after getting frustrated by the frankly rubbish and slow sky TV guide (the interactive one that is) and the ones I've had on my free view boxes. They just took too long to load and were clunky to find your way around.

        This website ended all of that and now I rarely use a remote to see what's on (unless I'm browsing in general), instead every morning I will browse my saved channels (the channels you want to see what's on and when) and find out what's on. This is done by scrolling down a grid which has channels on the left going down and across shows what programmes are on for that desired time range (which you can adjust to your preference)

        You can also look up to a week in advance and a week previous (not sure why you would want to do that one exactly though). There is different categories you can browse through like Children's, News, Music etc for programme s you might like specifically.

        It's a great site but one that looks a bit rubbish to be honest and needs a make over soon. But it has quite a few useful elements to it; such as a search bar! Sounds simple I know but it's great to search for a TV programme and find out what the show is about and more importantly when it's on next and what channel. There is also a discussion forum if you're in to that type of thing; a blog; TV quizzes, competitions, and games section; a link where you can watch live streams and get to the iplayer; Pick of the day; The days sports events (those that are shown on TV anyway); and one for films.

        A very useful free web site - http://www.tvguide.co.uk/

        Tony

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          25.02.2010 23:11
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          Personalise your TV guide and watch online.

          tvguide.co.uk is one of the most useful websites for me, and is an essential stop off point for me, to avoid arguments about the TV channels to watch in my shared flat.

          Basically it is a TV guide on the Internet.

          At the top of the page you will find a big image and star rating for the programme of the day, although I think this changes throughout the day, and is very often 'come dine with me'.

          Above where the listings start, there is a toolbar enabling you to select exactly the information that you require, e.g. POPULAR/FREEVIEW/SKY/VIRGIN... as well as the option to view the listings in a clear grid format (which I prefer) or a list style.

          Hovering over a programme will give you information about the exact timing of the programme, a brief synopsis and a rating (although I'm not sure who rates these)

          I know most people will be thinking, what is the point in using this site when the majority of people have at least Freeview, which has on screen information anyway, but my favourite part of the site is the ability to stream live TV.

          Most of the channels, I think all of them which are available on Freeview, you are able to watch online, and depending on your internet connection speed, this is mostly a smooth viewing experience. This is very easy to navigate, as you just have to click 'watch' which is underneath each available channel.

          If you have to share a TV but want to watch something without waiting for it to come on catch up then I would recommend this site to you. Even if you just require it as a traditional TV guide, I think it is one of the best available as you have plenty of options on how to customize and personalise it, including at the bottom, there is the option to add channels, this is particularly useful for regional variations.

          Thank you for reading-check it out!

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            13.02.2010 20:07
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            a must have application

            I dont know wether this will be accepted but i thought it pointless to suggest the tv guide app when there is already the website here. So this is a review of the free iphone app tv guide available via the app store. The application offers the basic services of the tv guide site , mainly the listings and ratings of shows as well as a link to bbc i player where available. *an internet connection is needed to load the days information, once thats done it can be used offline.

            The applications logo is the tv guide heart in a grey background making it easily recognisable as you flick through your pages.
            When you open the app you are met by a list of channels and their channel logos all with a banner separating them , this makes it really easy to find the channel you want. Next to the channel is the show listing of whats on now , next and after . so 3 listings per sections as well as the shows rating e.g. casualty is 7.7.
            Tapping on the channel will give you the days listings and a synopsis of each show as well as information on wether its a repeat or subtitles, as well as the bbc i player logo link.

            In the top left corner there is a edit button , pressing this brings up the option to sort channels or select channels.
            Select channels brings up all the channels tv guide has listings for , as well as selecting your region and your system e.g. sky, freeview etc. Selecting your system means only the channels available to you will be selected which saves time scrolling through manually.
            Sort channels allows you to move the channels around so the ones you look at most can be at the top or have them in alphabetical order.

            Overall the app works very well and is a good alternative to buying a tv guide. It works quickly and never crashes , the bbc i player link is also very quick on getting to the programme though this will vary depending on your connection.

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              06.01.2010 13:54
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              best online tv guide

              tvguide.co.uk is a website that gives you listings of programmes that are on television channels that are available in the UK. The site was registered more than a decade ago and has since become the most popular internet based television guide and programme information provider.

              Once you go to the homepage it will take a little while to load and then you will be able to see what is on at that moment in time and for the next few hours. The listings shown will be for all the major channels that are available on terrestrial, freeview and satellite television. These include all the BBC channels, ITV channels, Channel 4, Sky and such.

              If you want to see what is going to be on later on in the day you have to click on the arrow next to the time on the top right side and move forward in the day to see what is on. You can also see what is on in the next few days.

              You can filter programmes and choose only certain types to see if you want such as only sport, only films, only documentries etc. You can also find links to see some of the top rated Tv shows and see what top films are coming up on tv.

              There is also a section to watch televison online which I haven't fully explored as I usually use other sites to watch online especially sites such as iplayer and other on demand services.

              The programmes are all colour coded. There is a key on the left hand side which for example indicates a programme with blue is a comedy one and green is sport. If you put your mouse cursor over the programe you will see a brief description of the programme and the timings of it -ie from what time to what time it is on.

              Overall this is a very useful site and it saves you having to keep a tv guide at home. It is kept up to date and has a great deal of information and resources which can be customised to suit your needs. One slight downside is sometimes it takes a little while to load and find what you want. It is though the best site for me in terms of finding information on television schedules and programmes on the internet and of course its free so that is always a bonus.

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                21.10.2009 20:58
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                TVGuide.co.uk is a television listings website. It offers users results based on a service selected, such as Sky, Virgin Media or Freeview. The website has grown to become a popular resource in the United Kingdom with Alexa traffic research ranking it as being the 194th most accessed site.

                As the domain name may imply, TVGuide.co.uk offers current and upcoming television listings. Upon first accessing the website users are met with listings for "popular" television networks including Sky1, FX and Sci-fi. As I do not subscribe to a paid for digital package these channels are useless to me, but are easily filtered into a more appropriate selection using the menu towards the top of the page. Here, users can choose from a variety of options which include Freeview, Sky, Virgin, Freesat, Tiscali, BT and Terrestrial. Users may also filter channels for a specific category of channel. These options include subscription channels and feature those based on Film, Sport, Documentaries, Kids, HD, News and Music. Results are presented in a grid format by default but can be switched to a list view by clicking the respective button. Channels are listed by descending values reflecting the actual channel number seen on TV, such as "001" for BBC1 at the top and "080" for BBC News near the bottom.

                The website is based on a dark grey background featuring white text. Each grid cell is also bordered by a colour to denote a specific programme type. This presentation is generally easy to read but it does clash in some areas, such as having a white bordered cell containing white text which is meant to suggest a documentary. Through use of the site I have found channels in the "Freeview" package to be accurate in both their time and availability on the service. I haven't come across any rogue channels which are meant to be received on my television but subsequently aren't.

                Load times are low when using TVGuide.co.uk. While there is some graphical content on the website, namely banners and logos for upcoming popular programmes or certain services, independent testing suggests the page only requires 2.8 seconds when using a broadband connection. I find this to be fast enough for my use and I'm able to quickly locate content with ease.

                Overall, TVGuide.co.uk is a website which has met my needs and expectations for television listings. It is a website which I would happily recommend to those seeking programme times and availability.

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                29.07.2009 21:58
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                Great service

                Gone are the days where you need to search frantically through the newspaper for the tv section, just to see the time your favourite programme starts. For us computer literate, the convenience of the internet grows by the day as there is less and less need to do everyday things offline. Tvguide has become one of my favourite sites over the past few months as I am a heavy television watcher.

                What this website offers is a free, convinient and helpful service that should not be undervalued. It's interface is user friendly and I have found it to be very easy to use. The first page you are likely to see is the day's basic tv schedule. Starting at BBC1 and running through the most popular channels. This service can be tailored to your needs. At the top of the page is a bar allowing you to select a schedule for the provider you have. For example if you have sky tv, select 'sky' and it will load every channel that sky television provides.

                Alternatively, you can choose to select your own channels. Select 'my channels' and then you can choose to add channels. You start with a blank canvas and this way you can choose exactly what channels you want on your tv schedule.

                To the left of the screen is the day and time being shown. This will always default to the current day and time. Ther is also a search box if you're looking for something specific. Another great feature is that if you miss a programme, you can use this website to check when it is repeated. For example if you have missed a prgramme that finished an hour ago, use the bar on the left to choose the time it was on and when the schedule loads click the programme. A page will load up with information about the programme, and it's repeat time.

                Overall, this is a fantastic service, even better because it is free! I use this on a daily basis and have never encountered any problems with it.

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                  19.06.2009 19:52
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                  Fantastic

                  I'm not really much of a TV watcher, as there's not often anything on that I fancy watching these days. But at the same time I hate the thought of missing something really interesting on the box, so I do like to have a look at what's on every day. I don't want to pay for a paper TV guide, so I found this online instead.

                  This is a brilliant site which comes up straight away with what's on at whatever time you happen to look at it. The site looks quite appealing, though it does have some rather annoying adverts across the top, and I find it can often take quite a long while to fully load.

                  The listings are displayed in a kind of grid with the times across the top and channels down the left hand side, so you just find either the time or the channel you're after, and you can easily see what's on. There is however also the option to view it in a list format if you find that easier. The homepage displays 3 hours at a time in grid format, but if you want to view times before and after this you just click on the arrows at the side of the page to move forwards or backwards, or click a time from the list which is on the left hand side and it will take you straight to it.

                  The channels displayed on the homepage are the 'popular' channels, which includes all the terrestrial channels and a selection of the popular digital and sky channels. If you want a different list of channels there are links at the top for 'Freeview', 'Sky', 'Film', 'Sport' etc, so you can view a particular set of channels. Or you can simply search for the channels you're after in the searchbox at the top of the page.

                  When looking through the listings there is not a great deal of information displayed about some of the programmes, but if you click on the name of the programme it takes you to a description of the programme, which also has viewers comments and sometimes reviews on it. You can rate programmes and write your own comments to let other people know what you think of a particular programme.

                  Other parts of the website are a 'Fun' section, where you can take polls and quizzes and enter competitions, a 'Blog' section which has blogs and Twitters for loads of different programmes, and a 'Discuss' section where you can participate in discussions on your chosen programmes. I don't use any of these sections, but they seem very well done and if you're into that kind of thing then I'm sure they make for interesting reading.

                  I think this a fantastic site that makes it so easy to find out what's on TV without having to pay out for a paper mag, and I'll happily continue using it to make sure I'm not missing anything interesting!

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                  10.06.2009 19:37
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                  a good time saver!

                  TVguide is a great website to check up on what programmes will be on TV tonight, tomorrow, or for the whole of next week. It even has a back catalogue for programmes that have been shown for the past week.

                  That is the basic principle of TV guide, making life easy for everyone and allows you to plan in advance what tv shows you'd like to see and can be prepared for them. Also, one can follow up on a series and see when the next episode is out!

                  The interface is extremely easy to use, and is represented by a organised timetable, where times are located at the top, the channels along the side and the programmes in a neatly ordered bars. Hovering over these programmes will also allow you to see a programme synopsis, duration and the channel it is on. This interface allows you to see a whole range of channels, programmes and times all on one screen, opposed to having press countless buttons on your TV screen, and taking ages to find what you are looking for.

                  They have 3 hour, 6 hour, and 9 hour lengths so you can select how much you want to see. Even better still, they have the whole 24 hour clock on the left, so you can select what time you are looking for, and it will sort it out for you.

                  There is even a search function, where typing in the programme name will generate the synopsis, and what time it will be on next, which is extremely helpful if you are looking for a particular programme you want to watch but can't remember when it starts, or what channel it is on!!

                  On the front page is the list of general channels: BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, and a range of other free channels, for easy navigation. A range of other channels are also available with the press of a few buttons! This range is expansive and gives you almost every channel existant and their schedules!

                  I have found this website to be extremely helpful if I have a free evening and I don't know what to watch on TV. I use this almost everyday to check what programmes or films are on that I might have an interest to watch. It has always loaded quickly, and does not lag, so is extremely efficient. The range of features are sufficient and it has always eased my day and saved time aswell instead of me looking through a confusing magazine or using the on screen one.

                  I would highly recommend this website to anyone who likes to see what shows are on or likes the convenience of seeing a whole timetable on one page. A great website!

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                  30.05.2009 11:25
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                  The (almost) complete online TV Guide

                  Recently I clued you in to a website that helps you to make sure that you never miss your favourite TV shows again - LocateTV. In my review I mentioned that the site has just this one purpose, to alert you about your favourite programmes, when they will be on and on which channel. I made it clear that LocateTV is not a TV Guide. If you just want to browse the channel lists then this is not the website for you.

                  What you need is tvguide.

                  What I like about tvguide is that a lot of thought has been given over to what makes a website like this attractive as well as informative. There are many TV guide websites so, from a purely informational point of view, one is very much like another. Tvguide, however, goes out of its way to give you a good visit experience.

                  Right across the top of the page are the usual quick link buttons to areas such as TV, Film, Highlights and so on, and within each a sub-section such as New Series. These lit for you the shows in each category, where you can see how they have been rated by other tvguide members and where you can get links to more about the programmes. There's also links here to the Fun section with competitions and quizzes, and to a Blog spot and a Forum.

                  Below this is the weekly video spot, informing about the top three sports, film and TV highlights of the next few days. This is always worth a watch, just to find out what others, (presumably the site's talking heads) think it might be worth your while including in your busy schedule.

                  On the right of the page is the Top Ten section, where are listed such as the Top Ten Soaps, Most Discussed Programmes, Highest Rated Progs. Also here you will find the Now & Next and New Series This Week and other such. Finally, before we get to the TV guide itself, there are four featured programme quick links.

                  At last(!), the programme guide. You have the choice of how the programmes are displayed. The default (Grid) is with the time-line across the top of the screen and the channels down the left-hand side but if you wish you can turn this through 90 degrees by clicking the List button. The default time-line is in 3 hour chunks although you can select either 6 hours or 9. The ease of reading will mostly depend upon how big your computer screen is.

                  You can also choose the starting time for the programme information so that you can look ahead to what is coming. There are also "Earlier" and "Later" buttons on the table itself, to move you back and forwards in the schedules. On the left of the table there are buttons to enable you to select the precise timeslot you want to see displayed.

                  Below this are filter buttons that enable the displayed programmes to be reduced just to the type of show about which you want info, such as Comedy, Sports, Music... Across the top are button that restrict the programmes listed to the type of distribution you are using, such as Freeview, Sky, Virgin... and you can choose your region so that just those terrestrial broadcasters' programmes are listed for where you live.

                  Registering with tvguide (simply requires a username and email address; no password) enables it to remember your preferences and to display them automatically when you visit the website. I found it worth doing although I haven't yet commented on or rated any shows.

                  Hovering the cursor over a programme in the schedule pops up an in-context window with more info about the programme. Often this is enough however, clicking on a programme title will also take you to the tvguide page for the programme where those who have registered as tvguide members can enter comments and rate programmes. Some programmes have a little arrowhead against them and clicking on this will take you to the programme's own website.

                  I love tvguide and would even use it in preference to a printed guide such as those in the weekend newspaper or the Radio Times. It is so much easier to use, everything being in one place and simple to browse. I still would always use LocateTV to make sure that I never missed my favourites but for just simply scanning the schedules, a satisfying experience doesn't get much better than this.

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