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It may have stars on it's cover- but it has lost it's sparkle
Member Name: Trishajs
Advantages: Easy to read tv guide
Disadvantages: Not worth the extra money
I haven't bought the TV times for many years, not least because at £1.05 it is way above the cost of most of it's competitors.
However, having rediscovered the Radio Times a short while ago, and having been glad I did, I thought I would give the TV Times another crack of the whip.
There are eight pages of listings for every day, including small filler articles about the days highlights. The terrestrial channels, as with most guides get a more detailed cover, followed by the main satellite channels and then just programme titles for the lesser viewed channels.
The satellite channels clearly show where they can be found eg Freeview 11/Virgin 123/ Top up TV 17 etc; etc.
Overall the tv program guide is a good one, but to my horror, there was no radio guide- so that alone has ruled out a future purchase.
Should you not be bothered about radio- I will tell you what else you get for your money- there are 2 news items and a cover story. There are seven articles about stars and /or the programmes. Four articles on soap operas and a films on tv guide. All these articles are enhanced by good photography.
The magazine ends with readers letters, horoscopes and one star's view of the TV Times. All in all one hundred pages, thankfully not containing too many adverts.
And if you know your tv, there is £100 up for grabs from their prize crossword, together with a couple of no prize games, just for fun.
To sum up, I don't think it is worth the extra money- there are tv guides out there from 40p and most weekend papers give you a free guide- so if you are going to compete at this much higher price- you need to try a great deal harder.
Summary: Not sure how it survives in today's market