“ TV and Satellite Week Magazine. „
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Sales of TV Guide magazines are going down. There are various reasons for this, including the cost, the availability of online guides, and the fact that more people have Sky and Freeview now with built in guides. For me, however, having a physical copy of a magazine I can flick through and scan is still as exciting as it was when I was a child. Especially at Christmas! This review is based on my own personal experiences of the TV & Satellite Week magazine, and your own personal experiences may differ.
# Many of the Freeview and Satellite channels are listed, with a good layout and many "Highlights" features
# Each day has a one page "Planner" page that lists most of the main entertainment channels for a quick view
# Interviews with many of the cast and crew involved in the new shows and films
# New Series' are very well highlighted, as are New Episodes
# An App version is available at a cheaper cost and without the inky fingers
# Very good quality paper is used
# Subscribing can bring the cost down by as much as 37% to less than £1 per copy instead of £1.50
# Not every channel is listed, although to be fair there aren't any magazines that do that
# The price is quite steep, and this magazine is one of the most expensive in its field
# Ink on fingers
# Not every retailer carries this magazine
# No radio section
When I was a child, going back a few years now, I was always excited by the new edition of the Radio Times. I loved getting my hands on that copy and scanning each and every page in great detail with my little bingo marker pen in my hand ready to mark any show or film I just couldn't miss! Ah, those were the days.
Fast forward to my early 20s. After tiring of the Radio Times, and put off by their rising cost, I decided to check out a few of the competitor magazines. One of the first I tried was TV & Satellite Week. At the time it was cheaper, I think, and thinner. It didn't' seem as "full" as the Radio Times, but it delivered what I needed in the same way, and that was the listings.
I instantly noticed that every New Series was clearly highlighted with a larger font, in red, saying "New Series". I liked this a lot. Many times I had missed the first episode of a new series because I didn't realise it was on as it didn't stand out enough in the TV listings. Today, with the increasing popularity of on demand television, it isn't so difficult to go back and catch up, but in those days things were very different. If you missed that first episode, especially on a terrestrial channel, it was unlikely to be repeated. Believe it or not, television wasn't always full of repeats!
Around the time I started getting this magazine I also subscribed to Sky television. That was another main reason to switch TV magazines. The Radio Times was good, but this magazine listed even more satellite channels and to this day it still says "MORE CHANNELS than any other TV mag" on the front cover. This is true, and definitely a reason to seek out this magazine if you have Satellite channels.
The magazine is laid out very well. The first 2 pages are a "Week Planner" of the best shows coming up over the next 7 days. This is very handy for when you're looking for something quick to watch and aren't too bothered as long as it's recommended. Many of the New shows have a large yellow "NEW" written right across the front of them, so it's easy to see if something is fresh.
The next lot of pages are usually filled with interviews and articles about upcoming new shows over the next 7 days. These are very good articles in their own right, and are always a good read if you're possibly interested in the show or the characters. There is also a dedicated "Soap" section that lists the upcoming storylines in the main soaps, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and Eastenders. I'm not much of a soap fan so I don't tend to read this section often, but it is very straight to the point with regards to plots. If you prefer not to know in advance, you may wish to avoid that section. Thankfully, it's not a large enough section that you wouldn't be able to avoid it.
After several more articles we get to the film section. Here we have a similar "Weekly Planner" from the start of the magazine, but this time for films. Highlighted films are always rated and give a detailed description of the plot and actors. Following on from this we get several pages devoted to the films for each day. This doesn't list every single film on that day, that would be almost impossible, but they have a good go at listing at least 10 worthwhile films with their channels and start times. Useful when you're looking for a film to watch.
After the film section there is the sports section. If you have satellite TV with sports then you will possibly be very interested in this section. It has many varieties of sport listed, with live and recorded (though mainly live) listings over the next 7 days. I use it mostly to find out about the tennis season. There is a dedicated Football section for those who prefer the 90 minute variety of sport.
Now we come to the first day of the listings. The magazine goes from Saturday to Friday, so we start at Saturday. Every single days listings begins with a page known as the Evening Planner. This page has approximately 30 of the most popular entertainment channels, including movies and sports. The time frame is from 7pm to about 11pm, and is very useful when you just want to see programme titles and what's on at different times. Particularly useful for channel hoppers.
The next 2 pages are laid out with the 5 main terrestrial channels and Sky 1. To the right hand side there are 4 boxes for BBC 3 and 4, ITV 2 and E4. These, I assume, are the main entertainment channels most people watch and therefore they get pride of place. There is also a Local Variations section here, although most people will not need to use this as the magazine is listed for each region.
The next 4 pages list 24 of the main entertainment channels, and approximately 20 of the main documentary and lifestyle channels. Again, as with every page, New Series and New Episodes are very clearly marked, so it should be very easy to see when a new show or season is starting. Very handy as many shows these days come and go regularly, and there are so many repeats on satellite that it's handy to see when a new episode is coming up.
The movie channels follow next, and 2 pages are devoted to those. Very detailed considering the space available, although sometimes there is no description. Films for all channels other than the Sky ones are listed seperately, and it's a good place to check for those oddities that may pop up on some mediocre channel you wouldn't normally watch. The movie channel pages are followed by 1 page dedicated to the sports channels. Again, the word "Live" is written in slightly larger font and in red to make finding live sport very easy.
After the weekly listings there is a dedicated Kids Weekly section, showing the main children's channels for the week ahead. Very useful for those who have children always nagging to watch something entertaining on TV!
The final page is a single page devoted mainly to what TV shows are coming up soon, and also what's in the following week's magazine. There is also a small "TV Gossip" section that mainly focuses on actors and shows that are currently in pre-production.
Since switching to TV & Satellite Week I have occasionally bought a copy of the Radio Times to see how they're doing. I always switch straight back to my TV & Satellite Week because the Radio Times just doesn't compare. For the red, clear "NEW SERIES" alone I would, and do, buy TV & Satellite Week.
I've used the App, but I sold my iPad recently and no longer use it. However, the App was very worthwhile. It is basically a scanned version of the main magazine, but it can be a lot cheaper, with a monthly subscription being only £3.99 compared to the £6 the magazine costs. Purchasing a 3 month or Annual subscription is even better for savings!
If you're currently in the market for a TV magazine then I would recommend this one. If, like me, you currently use the Radio Times and you feel like a change, give this one a go. If you like it, you'll love it. If you don't like it, you've lost practically nothing. You can easily switch back. :)
One magazine I get every week is TV and Satellite Week. After getting Sky+ almost a year and a half ago, it has become an indispensable addition to the lounge - usually on the floor!
The most annoying thing about television is missing a good programme, only having some smart alec asking you whether you saw it the day after. Thats really annoying.
I use the Sky Plus listing system, but when you don't know what programmes are about - then a magazine comes in handy. Each day is colour coded and covers all the major channels as well as ones that you don't get listing for in national newspapers. E.g. Sky Arts and FX channels. There are ten pages for each day, which is pretty comprehensive.
The Hotlist is always every handy. This usually comes at the beginning of the magazine and lists along with nice big pictures the week's highlights. This is where I usually pick up my Sky+ remote and start keying in interesting documentaries and programmes that look entertaining.
As well as the features and interviews, there are competitions and whats coming up on DVD and at the cinema.
My favourite section is TV Spy, a section that keeps you up to date with the weeks best American drama shows. For me who likes shows like Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicle, 24 and Battlestar Galactica it keeps me up to date with the weeks episodes.
At £1.20 it's a snip, and its available in every newsagent out there.
if you have either satellite or digitial cable tv, then this is the best tv guide you can get.
like all the other tv guides it has news and features on upcoming tv programmes, including a special double page each week on the best of US tv on our screens, but it is the listings which make this book great.
For each day, there is an evening planner page highlighting everything on all of the major channels.
Then there is a double page for the primary channels 1-5 and bbc3, itv2 etc. with extra clear layout for prime time viewing. The next double page spread is for entertainment based channels, then another double page for factual and documentary channels, a double paged spread for the film channels and a single page for sports coverage.
kids tv is lumped together at the back. at the back theres also a gossip page about tv programmes due to air soon
TV & Satellite Week is among the the pricier TV guides, at (currently) £1.05 an issue, but it's worth every penny in my opinion. With a greater emphasis on the listings themselves than most competing magazines, as well as comparatively little coverage of the soaps and a heavier focus on cult programming and US imports, it makes a refreshing change from some of the cheaper TV guides and suits the needs of those who watch a wide range of TV channels better than most other top-range TV guides.
-- Page by page --
The first twenty-odd pages of the 100-page magazine are usually dedicated to features and short articles on that week's notable programmes. It has a greater focus on cult and US programming than most of its counterparts - the likes of Heroes, Doctor Who, Lost, House and the CSI franchise appear to be favourites - but there is naturally coverage of any new reality shows, game shows and other programming with mass appeal.
Typically, there are two pages allocated to "Entertainment" (including comedy), two to "Drama", one to "Documentaries and lifestyle" and one to "Soaps"; this is then followed up by two or three larger articles and interviews. There are then four to five pages focused on this week's film highlights, with mini-reviews of around fifty of the week's movies across al channels.
There is also a sport A-Z planner, which proves very useful if like myself you're only interested in a single sport and don't want to browse through all the sports channels every day, and during football season there is a further two-page spread dedicated to the week's games.
Following this is the listings proper. Each day is allocated ten pages: the first, always on the right-hand side of the double-page, displays the evening's programming (from 7pm to 11pm) on around forty key channels (including all the main Freeview channels, and many other entertainment, documentary, movie and sports channels) in a handy table format.
Over the page is then the main double-page spread of the main channels - BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4, Five and Sky One are each allocated a column taking up a quarter of the width of the page. 6am-7pm schedules take up approximately 1/3 of the space given; just below these daytime schedules there is a picture from one of the day's shows; and below this is the 7pm-11pm pime-time programming, which is neatly divided and highlighted so all the channels are in line with each other for the prime-time period. Post-11pm programming follows in the same format as the daytime programming.
The remaining half-page comprises BBC3, ITV2, ITV3 and E4 listings as well as notes on any local variations. These channels do not have pictures or prime-time highlight bars.
The next double-page is "Entertainment & Drama". This is comprised of two rows of channel listings - the top row, taking up 2/3 of the height of the page, features key digital channels such as UKTV Gold, Living, Sky Two, Paramount, Hallmark, FX, Bravo, More4 and Sci-Fi, while the bottom 1/3 is allocated to slightly more niche channels such as Challenge, Sky Three, UKTV Drama, ITV4, BBC4, UKTVG2 and Five US. Across the double-page, there are 9 columns (a total of 18 channels listed), while a final column on the right-hand side labelled "Also on tonight from 6pm onwards" features programme information on minority channels such as Living2, FTN, Trouble, ABC1, E! and Men & Motors from 6pm onwards.
The next double-page, "Documentaries & Lifestyle" is laid out in exactly the same way as "Entertainment & Drama", similarly covering 18 channels in full - the likes of Discovery, National Geographic, Animal Planet, UKTV History and UKTV Style and UKTV people being featured on the top row, and more niche documentary channels such as UKTV Gardens, UKTV Food, Sky Arts and National Geographic Wild being featured on the bottom. The "Also on tonight from 6pm onwards" bar features the likes of Performance, Sky Travel, Discovery Turbo and The Travel Channel.
The next double-page, "Films", is slightly different. This time there is no "also on tonight from 6pm onwards" bar; instead, the top row features ten channels (all the main Sky Movie channels plus Film4) and the bottom row features seven additional movie channels (such as TCM, Zone Horror and Movies24) plus a box three colums (3/5 of a page) wide listing and star-rating all films on other TV channels that day.
The final page is "sports". The top row features the main Sky Sports channels plus Eurosport; the bottom row features niche sport channels such as Eurosport 2, Mtotrs TV, ESPN Classic and At The Races.
All of the above sections only feature the pictures and prime-time highlight bars on the top row., though the bottom row channels' prime-time output is in bold and each programme is on a new line to help distinguish it immediately.
Kids channels are taken care of with one big double-page spread at the back. Currently covering CBBC, CBeebies, CITV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Disney, Cinemagic and Jetix (but not Nicktoons TV or Playhouse Disney), each channel is given one full-length column, which is typically split into "Saturday & Sunday" and "Monday-Friday", with any variations being noted in the format "Tuesday: As Monday except [..]"
The final page of the magazine offers a preview of next week.
-- Layout and notation --
There are three large "picks of the day" on the evening overview page for each day; while each channel in the "main" row on each page (i.e. the top row) has a picture from one of the day's programmes just above the prime-time listings.
Each day is colour-coded, as are each grouping of channels (entertainment & drama, documentary & lifestyle, movies, sports, kids). Fonts throughout are easy to read, smooth and sans-serif, with programme names in bold for all channels in the evening and throughout the day/late night as well on the six main channels.
Each channel is written in white on top of the genre colour (e. Discovery is written in white on an orange background as the "documentaries & lifestyle" genre colour is orange). Just below the channel name are spaces for channel numbers for Sky, Virgin Media (both ex-NTL and ex-Telewest areas) and Freeview. If a channel is not available on a format its gap is left blank. If a channel has a timeshift (+1) service this is indicated at the bottom of its column; again with channel numbers for each format.
As is standard, subtitled programmes are noted with an (S) after the programme detail; (W) indicates digital widedscreen, (SL) indicates signing and (HD) indicates High Definition. (R) indicates repeats, but only on the main six channels. VideoPlus numbers are supplied for primetime programmes in the "top row" of channels on each page as well as for every programme on the five main channels (but not Sky One, surprisingly). Certain cult programmes that have run for a few seasons may have which season an episode is from indicated (this tends to apply most to US shows, such as the CSI franchise, The X Files, House, Cold Case, Family Guy and Malcolm In The Middle).
Page numbers are clear and are on every page except advert pages. The print quality is superb and the paper is nice and thick. There are sometimes stapled-in inserts advertising insurance policies and such but these are easily removed. The front cover is usually attractive, promoting a few of the week's new shows and any important features in the magazine. The back cover is usually an advert.
-- Conclusion --
TV & Satellite Week is the best TV guide on sale in the UK today.
The magazine is not perfect. It is of little use to soap fans, there being only one page's coverage, and the film coverage is not as exhaustive as other magazines. There is not a huge amount of editorial content. And the "also on after 6pm" sections can get frustrating if you often watch TV during the day.
But there is only so much space to use, and they get the balance right IMO (though I'd like them to try and find room for a couple of music channels - VH1, TMF and MTV routinely air programming just as worthy of listing as other channel).
The range of channels covered is very wide; the design is excellent and does the listings justice; and the focus on US and cult TV adds to its appeal in my book - it stands out from the soap-focused crowd. To anyone with digital TV in some form or another, I highly recommend this.
Let me start off by setting the scene at our house, we have Sky digital, plus analogue and digital multi-satellite giving us something like 700 non-Sky channels. We have the basic package on Sky and as you can imagine we need a good listings mag for Sky or we would often forget to watch a lot of the stuff we pay for. TV and Satellite Week is a little cluttered but it does cover more British and Foreign TV satellite channels than any other weekly listings magazine. It's a shame that there isn't room for radio channels, but then that would probably mean losing TV channels to make room or raising the price. The colour coding is a neat idea, with all entertainment chan's in one colour and all factual channels in another etc. Although you still have to search around the pages to find your channels at first, it really does do the job well. There is also an 'evening at a glance' section with all the main channels laid out across one page for everyday with the time from 7pm to midnight across the top in 30 min increments. There's also a handful of good reviews, interviews and feature articles included every week and of course a few adverts.. A good magazine if you can manage the appallingly amateurish pseudo-celeb pictures on the cover ;-)
This is how TV and Satellite TV bills itself. And how right it is. This magazine is *the* listings publication if you are an avid telly fan and couch potato. First and foremost, what makes this particular listing so good, is the way the days' programs are laid out. Each day is colour coded, therefore easier to find if you're in a hurry and has an 'evening at a glance' section, which gives a sort of 'time line' of all the evening's programs. Broken up into half hour section, starting at 7pm, this is the place to quickly glance what's on 'now' on all the channels. Movies and sports channels come then and each aprticular genre, again has a different colour page or column, making it easy to differentiate between the different types of programs. Sky one and terrestrial channels come on the next two pages, then entertainment, gold, kids, music and cult. Factual and Lifestyle come on the last page for that evening. The way it is all set out, makes it very easy to find the channel you are looking for, and I have compared this magazine to other channel listings mags and this is by far the best. Many of the programs have a small synposis as do the Sky premier and moviemax films. In addition to the listings there is a 'This week on TV' feature, which gives a brief overview of some of the highlights in the coming week, feature articles and film reviews and some sport. All the premier and Terrestrial films have a somewhat longer synopsis. For a mere 85 pence, you get 80+ pages and I would definitely recommend you give it a try over your usual TV magazine. I am sure you will agree with me that TV and Satellite Week is the tops.
TV and Satellite Week bills itself as “Best for Digital Listings” and they’re probably right. The magazine contains weekly programme listings and schedules for a large number of satellite and terrestrial TV channels, in fact over sixty different channels are listed here. A nice feature in this magazine is the “Evening-at-a-glance” feature, this lists 50 different channels in an easy to read one page format, that tells you what shows are on between 7pm through till 11.30pm. If you watch a lot of movies on TV or satellite, then the information in here should be just about everything you need. All the Sky movie channels are listed along with the Pay per view channels. Film Four, U>direct, and Front Row (cable). There are also 4-5 pages in the magazine giving short reviews of a lot of the films (not all) that will be shown during the week. Sports fans are also extremely well catered for. There’s a page or two, of short articles covering the major sporting events taking place that week, normally about the event, the venue, or the stars who will be playing or competing. The weeks sporting events on TV and satellite are also listed alphabetically by Sports: so if you are a golf fan for instance, you can look under the Golf heading, to see exactly what programmes are on offer to you during the week. This is combined with a pretty comprehensive listing of programmes for SKY sports1, 2,3 And Sky Sports Extra, along with British Eurosport, MUTV, Onsport, and the Racing channel, so as you can see everything is basically covered. The normal listings for BBC1, 2: your local ITV REGION, channel 4, and 5 are also all listed. There are also around 10 pages of features on programmes to watch during the upcoming week, 2-3 of these pages concentrate on the soaps, with an update on the current storylines. Near the back of the magazine area couple of pages dedicated to foreign channels that
you will find on satellite. Programme listings cover 10 different channels including: VOX, ZDF, 3SAT, and others. For a telly addict or somebody who likes to watch films on telly, then this magazine is definitely worth buying. On the other hand If your like me and only buy a magazine like this in case you want to know what’s on telly during the week (if you take a break from Dooyoo) then I’d probably say something like “What’s on TV would be a better option, as it would give you the information you need at less than half the price of this magazine. For the more serious TV watcher, 80 pages full of programme schedules for around sixty plus channels, all for 82p every week can’t be bad. Definitely a magazine for couch potatoes everywhere.
This is a weekly TV listings guide that covers all the terrestrial channels as well as Sky, Sky Digital, On-Digital and some cable channels, it also has listings for some German channels (not as many as it used to, though). Overall this is quite a good magazine. The pages are well laid out and it is clear to read in the most part, although some of the channels deemed to be less popular have small print that can be hard to read. There are eight pages devoted to each day with channels grouped into sections (films, terrestrial, documentaries, music etc). It has some interesting features on upcoming programs and also has dedicated pages that list all the sports for the week. This magazine comes highly recommended, and as a weekly is more up-to-date on late program changes than monthly magazines.
I buy this magazine but sadly have to use iit along side other magazines usually the freebie ones in the weekend papers. When I decide to check out a certain channel this magazine seems to have missed the channel required. YES the magazine does contain good read ups on up and coming programmes but does seem to lack a certain item usually the channel i'm after!! Why can't there just be one set magazine that contains all listings which also includes Radio channels. I carry on buying this magazine because it's a very easy day by day guide for the main channels such as U.K. GOLD and SKY ONE, which I enjoy to watch on a regular basis. BUT please can this magazine highlight other channels other than just place them in a corner that can easily be missed, BRAVO for one that I miss eventhough it is tucked away in a little corner, almost wherever they can fit it in. please can some one invent a nice easy to use T.V. magazine that contains all aspects of public taste then we can all be happy to use it and invest our money wisely!!!!!!!!
If you have Sky (or cable) and you want a comprehensive listings magazine, this one is for you! It has al the sky channels set out so much easier than others and, in my experience, the others tend to list satellite information all crammed together with no commentary on a program whatsoever! When I buy a TV guide, it is always this one. There are some articles at the beginning of the mag, reviews of new prgrams, new series and perhaps a celebrity interview and then there is a comprehensive, yet really easy to follow guise for each day of the week. Since I first started getting ti ,there are about double the amount of pages per day of listings but it is colour-coded into categories and really easy to follow. What's more, it's not extorionately expensive like some of them. Usually about 80p. It's definietly the easiest guide to use for yout TV & Satellite listing information.
The very best TV listings magazine in my opinion. Often, with the amount of chanels we have to chose from now, it can be difficult scouring through all the listings, but TV and Satallite Week have the best laid out and readable TV programs listings. Everythign is colour coded (all the sports channels together, entertainment, kis, lifestyle etc) and also each days veiwing pages have a different colour coded page edge for each seperate day of the week making each day's listings very easy to flick to. The cover is always very attractive or eye catching on teh shelf which encourages you to buy the issues in the first place, and although there isn't *that* much commentary on the inside like, say, TV Quick or What's On TV, the rest more than makes up for this. The coming week's viewing highlights are mentioned. There's a soaps column and approximately 8 pages of articles about the starts and / or programs and then onto the very comprehensive listings. It's an easy to read, easy to understand, good value magazine, and only 64 pence.