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1.0
02 October 2012

Download television listings for the US and Canada.

Aikousha
18 March 2008

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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

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Chrischram
16 November 2013
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
16 September 2011
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
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umaromc
umaromc
16 September 2011
http://titantv.com/ ^Boom! Free and better looking!
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Jimw
Jimw
03 November 2011
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!
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Chrischram
05 June 2010
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
lance2355-1
02 June 2010
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
30 September 2009
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
1 answer(s)
Cmacsw
Cmacsw
01 October 2009
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.
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Version 0.70
Scifi
13 May 2008
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
3 answer(s)
David-Grant
David-Grant
24 June 2008
I agree. I've had to stick with an older version because I haven't upgraded to Leopard. Not a happy camper.
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Version 0.62
Chas-m
Chas-m
23 September 2008
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.
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Version 0.63
David-Grant
David-Grant
23 September 2008
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.
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Version 0.63
Aikousha
18 March 2008
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
14 September 2007
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
12 September 2007
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
07 September 2007
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
Kg5na
27 August 2007
Find a free update source. $15/3months ($60/year) is a sick joke. Zap2it and TitanTV are both still free. The link to Zap2It charging in September is bad. Are you sure you couldn't use a free service instead of one that cost almost as much as .MAC service? What good is a free program if the service is so expensive? What good is a program if a simple stored url gets the same information with Safari? I just don't get it.
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Version 0.55
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Ronin-1
Ronin-1
12 January 2008
TVGuide.com is also free. I have used TitanTV, Zap2it and TVGuide and do not see the need for this paid service.
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Version 0.57
Jimw
26 August 2007
What is not clear in the MU description is that the use of this product, according to the program itself, is no longer free. While the program is still free, you have to have a paid subscription to the download service to use it. I have no idea what the fee is as after reading it , I quit the program and deleted it from my machine. Thank you but the free services that Yahoo and Excite offer for TV listings are good enough for me, especially since I use an antenna and do not have HDTV. For those that do, and have cable or dish, they get on-screen listings as well. TIVO users get listings via the device. Given that TV these days has turned into a series of commercials, occasionally interspersed with some real programming (with paid product placement), I have little interest in paying for the privilege of scheduling of advertising. Yes, PBS is included in this. What do you think pledge breaks, auctions, and presentations that sell books and training material at the end are - advertising and infomercials.
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Version 0.55
6 answer(s)
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
26 August 2007
Have just checked the developer's page for this app. There is not a hint of any cost attached to this app anywhere on that page. How could we at MacUpdate possibly know of any fees?
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Version 0.55
Jimw
Jimw
26 August 2007
To clarify. My comments about the 'hidden' cost of use of this product were not aimed at MacUpdate but designed only to be informative and suggest that the developer of the product state the usage cost of the product upfront. While the new costs of use is beyond the scope of the developers control for any otherwise excellent product, nevertheless it is a consideration to users and their decision to investigate this product for their needs. My intent is just to provide such information so potential users can make an informed decision as to it the product is right for them before spending the time and trouble to download and installing it, only to possibly find out that the usage of the product is significantly more expensive than it would otherwise indicate by the information in the description.
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Version 0.55
Cmacsw
Cmacsw
26 August 2007
I have updated the download page with the Schedules Direct cost. This information was on the main page under the Bold text Important Information, .hopefully this clears things up
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Version 0.55
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
26 August 2007
I think that information should also be on this page.
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Version 0.55
Jimw
Jimw
26 August 2007
I agree with the MacUpdate Admin since that is the url that the link for more info takes you. That said I also believe it also belongs on the Macupdate primary description page for this product as it is most likely a key decision maker for many people. I also find it interesting that the developer is comparing 'apples' to 'oranges' on the costs on the sites home page. The current price is given by the quarter but the 'hope' price is an annual fee. Why not just say what it really is - i.e. $60/yr so people don't have to do mental arithmetic. I suspect the reason is that $15/qtr sounds less expensive that it really is. This may be good marketing but not as informative as just stating the annual real cost for an easy comparison instead of trying to 'spin' it to make it sound less than it really is. It reminds me of the infomercials that advertise payments and the price of shipping, instead of just telling you just what the final price really is. Don't you hate that? I know I do. I just like to know what the product is actually going to cost me so I don't have to do all of that mental arithmetic. That is work works best for me and improves my sense of integrity and trust of the the seller.
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Version 0.55
Cmacsw
Cmacsw
26 August 2007
I have provided a link to schedules direct page that describes the pricing information. If you followed the link or read the information on the main page of the site you will see that the goal of schedules direct is to provide the lowest cost possible and that depends on the number of people who signup, so while the cost is $15 for 3 months it may not stay that way. As I said earlier, this is provided both on the main page of the site and at Schedules Direct which is linked off the main page. I will take your suggestion and include the pricing of SchedulesDirect on the page linked from here.
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Version 0.55
Diskrod
21 June 2007
Go to the following link for an explanation. http://labs.zap2it.com/ztvws/ztvws_login/1,1059,TMS01-1,00.html
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Version 0.52
Tuishimi
01 April 2007
Doesn't work. The application does, but when I create an account on labs.zap2it.com, the account creation in general succeeds, but when it tries to redirect to the setup page it fails. I cannot go back and log in either (same thing happens, login seems to work but tries to redirect to a configuration page and fails.)
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Version 0.42
1 answer(s)
Tuishimi
Tuishimi
01 April 2007
Here is the error: Not Found The requested object does not exist on this server. The link you followed is either outdated, inaccurate, or the server has been instructed not to let you have it. Please inform the site administrator of the referring page.
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Version 0.42
Vitalis
31 March 2007
Now I just need something like this for the dutch television guide.
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Version 0.42
Douglas-2
08 October 2006
A great application and extremely useful. Can't wait until I can print out the schedule. Keep up the good work.
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Version 0.41
Rabar
07 January 2006
A very useful program and, for some reason, responds even more quickly than the Zap2It.com website, even though I believe this application gets its listings from that source. One irritant, though - neither the day of the week nor the date is shown in the grid. Neither are the times given in a.m. or p.m. If you're looking for a listing a day or two ahead, it's quite easy to get 'lost'. Otherwise, a very good program and, of course, the price is right.
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Version 0.1b
Indices
13 December 2005
thank you... this works very nicely for a beta. quick and accurate; nice layout.
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Version 0.1b
Craizin
12 December 2005
thanks for this program. I've been looking for something like this since Watson stopped working. It's early in development, so some features aren't implemented, but looking forward to future releases.
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Version 0.1b