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TV Guide

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TheForce
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TV Guide

Post by TheForce » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:24 am

I was at the doctors office the other day. I was thumbing through the magazines and there was a TV Guide. I miss the old Readers Digest sized TV Guide. Not a fan of the magazine sized TV Guide. Anyways I was looking through it and I noticed that the TV listings were vastly different. In the listings it doesn't give channel call letters. It's pretty much says CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, etc... and not 5, 25, 12, 66. I thought this unusual but maybe this way they don't have to print a gazillion editions for the different markets. I dunno. Thoughts?



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Re: TV Guide

Post by Deleted User 14888 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:03 am

This is sad as to what happened to the TV Giude Mag and on top of that it’s like $5. a copy, Even the Sunday Paper has a crappy TV Book with like 14 pages, That used to be the reason to get the Sunday Freep and News for the TV Book, But thanks to technology here we are, I do wish we had the small TV Book from either paper like the good old days, We used to tie it to the TV stand so no one in the house would misplace the TV Bible, And we would get ours on Friday or Saturday for the new week, The old days they were great weren’t they?



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Re: TV Guide

Post by TheForce » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:50 am

Yep, they were! I saved a bunch of old TV Guide's from the 80's. Or was it 90's? lol



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Re: TV Guide

Post by stopnswop2 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:29 pm

With today's interactive TV Guides built in to cable boxes, not many people are buying the magazine like they did 20 years ago. So they arent going to spend all that money to print region specific ones anymore.


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Re: TV Guide

Post by mtburb » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:36 pm

Even the Downriver News-Herald discontinued their separate TV listing section, merging that into their lifestyle section. On top of that, it's often inaccurate.


My furthest DTV tropo: KDKA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 202 miles for three days in January 2017 and a night in September 2017 with only an Antennas Direct C2V!

Current setup: Antennas Direct C2Max (2018-present)

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Re: TV Guide

Post by mtburb » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:11 pm

I picked up the Sunday Free Press today and I was surprised as how the one I picked up still had the separate TV Book (or "TV Weekly Lite", whatever).

It was indeed light, only a small number of pages and the small size, but I did like how they still list all the Toledo OTA stations (minus WTOL), the Lansing stations (though WLAJ is mislabeled with WJRT's former analog number for some reason) as well as CBET, CICO and CKCO from Ontario (though minus CHWI and CIII).


My furthest DTV tropo: KDKA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 202 miles for three days in January 2017 and a night in September 2017 with only an Antennas Direct C2V!

Current setup: Antennas Direct C2Max (2018-present)

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Re: TV Guide

Post by organman95 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:27 am

My grandfather still uses the TV Guide listings from the paper... He refuses to learn the EPG on his cable box...



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Re: TV Guide

Post by Deleted User 14935 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:34 pm

I don’t know how many newspapers print a TV Guide, I know here in Macomb County the Macomb daily prints a TV guide but you have to pay for it, Also the Detroit News and Free Press has the Sunday 14 page TV guide as well .



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Re: TV Guide

Post by Turkeytop » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:14 am

The Tampa Bay Times has one available as an add on to your subscription at an extra cost.



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Re: TV Guide

Post by rugratsonline » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:51 pm

TheForce wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:24 am
I was at the doctors office the other day. I was thumbing through the magazines and there was a TV Guide. I miss the old Readers Digest sized TV Guide. Not a fan of the magazine sized TV Guide. Anyways I was looking through it and I noticed that the TV listings were vastly different. In the listings it doesn't give channel call letters. It's pretty much says CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, etc... and not 5, 25, 12, 66. I thought this unusual but maybe this way they don't have to print a gazillion editions for the different markets. I dunno. Thoughts?
They discontinued the regional editions in 2005, in favor of the national listings. I gave up on TVG in 2004 when they began to mess with the listings format. And I have yet to even handle a TVG since its 2005 revamp. The last couple of times that I bought a TV magazine of any kind was in 2011 (when I bought a cheap, digest-sized TV magazine in Paris) and 2013, when I bought a copy of TV Hebdo in Montreal (don't get me started on their inclusion of listings for WTOL).



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Re: TV Guide

Post by rugratsonline » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:55 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:14 am
The Tampa Bay Times has one available as an add on to your subscription at an extra cost.
Apparently, that's the trend of some newspapers these days, in which they offer a TV magazine as an extra-cost add-on, instead of free every Sunday. I've seen a sample issue in the TBT one Sunday last year (shortly before our move to Maine) -- I was not impressed. If we have to pay extra, it should be of the same caliber as TV Guide magazine; instead, it was less in quality than the free "TV Times" that preceeded it.



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Re: TV Guide

Post by Some Guy from Toledo » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:42 am

rugratsonline wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:51 pm
They discontinued the regional editions in 2005, in favor of the national listings. I gave up on TVG in 2004 when they began to mess with the listings format. And I have yet to even handle a TVG since its 2005 revamp. The last couple of times that I bought a TV magazine of any kind was in 2011 (when I bought a cheap, digest-sized TV magazine in Paris) and 2013, when I bought a copy of TV Hebdo in Montreal (don't get me started on their inclusion of listings for WTOL).
I'm still impressed at that! Having one channel from my hometown in a paper far, far away like that!



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Re: TV Guide

Post by mtburb » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:31 pm

Some Guy from Toledo wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:42 am
rugratsonline wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:51 pm
They discontinued the regional editions in 2005, in favor of the national listings. I gave up on TVG in 2004 when they began to mess with the listings format. And I have yet to even handle a TVG since its 2005 revamp. The last couple of times that I bought a TV magazine of any kind was in 2011 (when I bought a cheap, digest-sized TV magazine in Paris) and 2013, when I bought a copy of TV Hebdo in Montreal (don't get me started on their inclusion of listings for WTOL).
I'm still impressed at that! Having one channel from my hometown in a paper far, far away like that!
This was likely a holdout from the period around 1994-1995 when WTOL was briefly the Eastern Time Zone CBS feed on Cancom.


My furthest DTV tropo: KDKA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 202 miles for three days in January 2017 and a night in September 2017 with only an Antennas Direct C2V!

Current setup: Antennas Direct C2Max (2018-present)

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Re: TV Guide

Post by ftballfan » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:53 pm

I remember TV Guide keeping listings for WKBD into the 2000s in both the Northern Michigan and Northern Wisconsin TV Guides (oddly, the Northern Wisconsin edition never had WGKI/WFQX in their guides despite that TV Guide being the TV guide for the UP outside of the eastern three counties and WGKI/WFQX being on cable in most of the UP and into Wisconsin from 1995 until 2003)



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Re: TV Guide

Post by organman95 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:40 pm

ftballfan wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:53 pm
I remember TV Guide keeping listings for WKBD into the 2000s in both the Northern Michigan and Northern Wisconsin TV Guides (oddly, the Northern Wisconsin edition never had WGKI/WFQX in their guides despite that TV Guide being the TV guide for the UP outside of the eastern three counties and WGKI/WFQX being on cable in most of the UP and into Wisconsin from 1995 until 2003)
I don't remember WKBD in the Northern MI guide in the 90s. But I was in Cheboygan, and you all know the story of Cable in Cheboygan back then...



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