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MacProgramGuide is a client to download television listings for the US and Canada. Looking for a program guide for your Mac Based Home Theater, well look no further. MacProgramGuide harnesses the power of Web Services and the Internet to provide program schedules, episode, cast and crew information.

MacProgramGuide provides search capabilities to allow you to find out when your favorite shows or movies are on. Best of all, MacProgramGuide is free, however MacProgramGuide requires a Schedules Direct Account available here:

http://www.schedulesdirect.org/

The cost of the service is $25 per year. A 7 day more...

What's New

Version 1.0:
  • Minor bug fixes.
  • Removed expiration date.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Schedules Direct Account, available here

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Chrischram Member IconComment+85
Chrischram
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The current version of this app runs under Mavericks, but is less stable than it was under previous versions of OS X. It's overdue for an update.

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Version 1.0
Jimw Member IconComment+455
Jimw
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This was pointed out earlier but I would like to update the fact that while the app is free, its use is not. In order to use the app you are required to subscribe to a service that currently costs $25/yr

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Version 0.81
Umaromc
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http://titantv.com/
^Boom! Free and better looking!

Jimw
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Because you list it as free and you don't see the $25 fee unless you click on the "more" button. Your product seems to be nothing more than a GUI to a subscription service. If you had integrity you would list it as a $25 monthly charge instead of Free or have the fee indicated in the first couple of lines of the description. People deserve integrity and that dictates the need to be up front about the fee instead of require them to click on the "more" link to find out.

That is why I keep bringing it up - because you are not up front about it, and so potential users will know from the beginning that this product is fee based and not free - so they can make an informed decision without downloading the product or clicking on a link!

Chrischram Member IconComment+85
Chrischram
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This version crashes immediately upon launch. I have notified the developer.

Can't revert to the earlier version because it has expired.

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Version 0.73
Lance2355 Member IconComment+17
Lance2355
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Erm, is anyone else getting a "Version Expired" message when starting MacProgramGuide? I mean there is no new version out or anything, I followed the link that came with the popup.

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Version 0.72
Douglas_2 Member IconComment+14
Douglas_2
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New version crashes on launch for me. Deleted all files from 0.63 and it still crashes at launch.

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Version 0.70
Cmacsw (Developer)
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Douglas:

Crashing has been reported on some systems, I will has an update available shortly, You can contact me via the website for a short term fix.

Scifi Member IconComment+32
Scifi
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There is no reason I can fathom for not supporting earlier OSX systems as in previous releases of your app. There are many reasons why some of us cannot "upgrade" to Leopard yet if at all. Stop relegating your products like this.
Thank you.

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Version 0.60
David Grant
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I agree. I've had to stick with an older version because I haven't upgraded to Leopard.

Not a happy camper.

chas_m
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Don't assume the developer has malicious intent in excluding older OSes.

Sometimes, the tools used to compile the code force older versions to be excluded, sometimes the features leveraged from the OS (like Core Animation) *require* that you make something Leopard-only (as the feature doesn't exist in Tiger!).

By all means, petition the developer for support of recent OS versions -- just don't always assume its an oversight, or in their power to fix.

David Grant
+2

I wasn't suggesting malice on the part of the developer, only that he may not have fully realized how many of his users have not upgraded to 10.5. I would like to be able to take advantage of the new features w/o having to upgrade to 10.5. I'm not a developer myself, so my comments are thus necessarily somewhat uninformed, but I don't see what Leopard-specific features an essentially text-based program like MacProgramGuide _must_ use.

Aikousha Member IconComment+256
Aikousha
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I don't understand paying for a service like this, when it is not only available free from tvguide.com, but public TV stations all across the country provide a free version that is actually broadcast over the air, as well. I can't see network and local TV stations *not* wanting their information in the viewers' hands.

If someone could create a widget or unobtrusive program that would cull one of these *free* sources to populate a database and provide useful searching, it would be wonderful... and I'm assuming the public service will never suddenly become a fee based system.

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Version 0.57
cmacSW (Developer) Member IconDev+0
cmacSW (Developer)
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On September 13, the cost from the schedules direct service was lowered from $15 for 3 months to $15 for 6 months.

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Version 0.56
chrischram Member IconReview+85
chrischram
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I have used MacProgramGuide since the start, and I find it to be infinitely more useful than the online sites. That said, nobody likes to pay for something that was previously free. I signed up for the first quarter of service from schedulesdirect with the hope that the price would drop if they got enough subscriptions. (I believe schedulesdirect is shooting for a price of $20/year if this thing catches on. That's not too bad.) If the second quarter price remains at $15, I'm afraid I'll have to look elsewhere for my TV listings. Right now I find both Zap2it and TitanTV to be useless.

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Version 0.56
jim_t_3 Member IconReview+14
jim_t_3
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Props to this guy. I've been using this program for months. I can't stand going to the online TV listing sites since most of them are overly fancy by this point. Back when it was just HTML it was okay. Now? They suck. Plus I frequently need to reset my location since that gets trashed for some reason.

I also don't use Dashboard and never found a good widget anyway. yes, yes, there are widgets. None I liked.

This program I like. It launches fast, it displays what I want to see, it's stable, and it works well. It's no frills, but it's TV listings. I want no frills.

And the fact that he stepped up and rewrote the thing to use a different service after zap2it discontinued their free service was top notch. I'm sure many other people would've just killed the app in some sort of silly protest about information being free. But this is the real world, and I still need my TV.

$15 every three months ain't great (but, again it's paying to the service, not the programmer), but it also isn't the end of the world. I'm sure if a viable free service shows up again that he'd consider rewriting to support that one instead.

This guy deserves support for keeping things going after zap2it split. It's a good app, to boot.

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Version 0.55
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Downloads 15,573
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Date 02 Oct 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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