The Cable guide is a monthly magazine that tells you what is on your cable for the month ahead. It cost's three pound fifty, but we get it free from the cable company as we have a package deal with them. You can also buy it from your local newsagents. We get our's delivered free about a week before the month is here, so I can plan which programmes I want to watch in the month ahead. It comes in a sealed wrapper, so it does'nt get wet in the delivery, and your local mr postman cant have a good read, which I used to do when i was a papergirl, way back. The guide is split into easy read sections, has a front row guide, and colour-coded listings. It also has a four section contents page, which comprises of- REGULARS This section of the magazine gives you the gossip from all your favourite programmes, such as ER, friends, Frasier, The odd couple,Simpsons, as well as interviews with a few of the actors in the series. You also get to read about a few documentories which will be coming on in the month ahead. There is also you monthly crossword, as well as a emails and letters page, where readers write in to find out about programmes that are coming on. You can have a moan about a programme, it's change of time,day, or find out when your favourite is coming back on. FILM GUIDE This is a complete guide to all the front row movies for the month ahead. The front row section is very clearly set out, telling you the title of a film, starring characters, age rating, and the length of the film. It also has a paragraph of what the film is like. It is very much like going into a video store and picking up the video to read what it is like. The is also a few double sections of interviews with major film stars, who are in films being shown within that month. LISTINGS GUIDE This is a day by day guide for the month, which is easily readable as it is split into times, so you glance a
t the time on the left and glance across the page in that section and see which programme you would prefer to watch, it saves you looking up and down for the different times of programmes. Each day is 4 pages long which is why the guide is almost 200 hundred pages long. Every film has an age rating and length and starring character, and some have a review of the film. Most programmes also have a review of the programme too. SPORTS GUIDE This sections tells you about the latest sports events for the month ahead, such as football, rugby, golf, swimming, skiing, and marathons, as well as interviews with the players and managers. I really enjoy this magazine, especially as I do get it free, it is a glossy mag, and I love to read the interviews and mark off which programmes I want to watch for the month ahead. I dont like the fact it doesnt tell you the terrestrial channels, so I have to go out and buy my weekly tv guide still, buy I can live with that, as it tells me more about the cable programmes than my weekly mag does.
I reckon, Cable Guide has got to be one of the most useless and rip-off TV magazines about, I am not aware if this magazine is actually on sale all over the country, and not just the “Telewest” cable areas (let me know if its available in other area’s), but I know one thing, it is totally USELESS. I am lucky or unlucky whatever way you look at it, as I get this magazine free as part of my Cable package, but in the shops it actually sells at the ridiculous price of £3.25, yes £3.25 for a pretty useless and poorly put together magazine. What is Cable Guide? -------------------- Well, as I have already stated, it is a magazine that gives us the programme and film schedule of our Cable network, it is fairly thick in size and is out monthly, the trouble is, its pretty crap. What is inside the magazine? ---------------------------- There are various sections to the magazine, some are OK, and some are pretty plain, the actual TV schedules are plain and not much description is given about the various programmes and Movies. There is one or two half-decent section, but on a whole I find the magazine not very good value. New Series: ----------- In this section, it informs us of any new series that are coming out on Cable. Nothing special, but I suppose it does give you the chance to find out if any of your favourite series, are back on your TV screens in the near future. Premiere: --------- This section gives you a pretty decent write-up on any new films that are new to the movie channels. A to Z of this months Cable Films: ---------------------------------- Basically just an A to Z list of movies being shown in that month, this is split into different categories i.e. Action, Horror, etc, but once again, not very informative. Crossword: ---------- I suppose the crossword is OK and it gives you the chance to win a 14 colour TV each month
, it is a cryptic crossword for those of you interested and is pretty challenging. Sports Diary: ------------- This covers some of the Big sporting dates that are arriving on the Sports channels and also gives you a full schedule listing. Front-Row guide: ---------------- Front-row, is Telewest’s own version of Pay-per-view movies, this section is once again, nothing special, you get a slightly better description of the movie, but it could be a hell of a lot better. Daily Listings: --------------- Now this is the main part of the magazine, and this is the part that annoys me, WHY? You may ask, well because it just isn’t descriptive enough, I mean you look at a movie you might fancy and it is limited to just a very brief description of the film, the main stars in the programme and what rating the movie is and that’s it, now if you look at other similar magazines, you are given a pretty decent write-up about the film/programme, which gives you a very decent idea of what you are about to watch, but with Cable Guide, its just a case of watch and learn. Now for the price of £3.25, I would expect a hell of a lot more for my money (that’s if I were to actually buy the thing), and would suggest there are much better magazines on the shelves for a fraction of the price. Oh and another thing, Adverts, there seems to be an advert on every other page (which probably explains why the magazine is so thick.) Summary: Terrible Value for money, if you ask me, that is all I have to say about this magazine and I surely think there is a lot more they could include, as well as giving a better description of the programmes. Oh and if you are interested (something I very much doubt after reading this opinion), Cable Guide has its own web site, which can be found at www.cableguide.co.uk. I am yet to visit this site, I bet it’s a storming site or something, but I very much doubt i
t after taking the magazine in account.