Couch Potato
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Couch Potato is a Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X that will display upcoming programming for your favorite U.S. and Canadian TV channels. Local Broadcast, Cable, Digital Cable, and Satellite programming are all supported.

Couch Potato is designed to make it easy automatically filter out the garbage that you don't ever watch (like Paid Programming!), and can automatically remind you about your favorite upcoming shows.
What's New
Version 1.94:
  • Bugfix for displaying channel names with quotes
  • When switching between lineups and saving preferences, the widget will now auto-refresh.
  • When using more than one lineup, the lineup name and info will be displayed above the "Now Playing" and "Full Schedule" listings.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, active account with Schedules Direct.



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macDork commented on 07 Dec 2007
For all of you who don't have the spare change, but do have leopard, stop feeling so sad. Open your Safari browser, open the yahoo home page, click TV listings and use those new scissors in your toolbar! Your dashboard will be happy to know that TV listings are still free!!! Yippee!
[Version 1.9]


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KZX72 commented on 20 Oct 2007
Listings no longer free (must pay subscription)
[Version 1.81]


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smtips commented on 21 Sep 2007
First, they made my account "expire" even though it wasn't expired. This company has changed and now you have to pay a $5 a month fee, they didn't bother to make you aware of it they just expired the account and force you to recreate one...and they want to charge you $5 a month.

I emailed the company that I wanted my information removed from the site because THEY PROVIDE NO AVENUE AT ALL TO REMOVE OR CANCEL AN ACCOUNT WHEN IT HAS BEEN CREATED. SMELLS BIGTIME OF INFORMATION FARMING.

DO NOT USE THIS APPLICATION.
[Version 1.81]


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WCityMike commented on 09 Sep 2007
From http://www.tivolovers.com/2007/08/10/schedules-direct-announces-pricing/:

"Schedules Direct has to pay TMS [Tribune Media Services] for the data, so they're not going to provide it free."

"Schedules Direct is incorporated as a non-profit group and they plan to apply for federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. This is a community based effort designed to fill the hole left by Z2L and to keep MythTV, GB-PVR, and other systems working."

"As I posted before, this is their board:

Isaac Richards, Chairman (MythTV)
Robert Eden (XMLTV)
Daniel Kristjansson (MythTV)
Kevin Odorczyk (MacProgGuide)
Chris Petersen (Mythtv)"

I think the reason they don't go with the freebie XML stuff is because it doesn't have the data people call upon for these gadgets.
[Version 1.81]


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Schmelding commented on 08 Sep 2007
Dear everybody authoring these TV schedule widgets and apps: Please don't use Schedules Direct. It's a $5 a month fee for the user. There are many other FREE TV XML feed services such as TitanTV.com.

Thank you. :)
[Version 1.81]

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D9 replied on 09 Sep 2007
I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a referrals fee from Schedules Direct that's driving this type of trend.
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melissa3 reviewed on 09 Apr 2006
Love the widget! Works flawlessly.

Only wished the wiget had a more sleek design to compliment Tiger. The border I find rather flat and the black without any tones, rather harsh... but otherwise GREAT!
[Version 1.7]


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misstricky reviewed on 26 Feb 2006
Awesome widget...thanks for making it resizable! :)
[Version 1.5]


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chrischram had trouble on 28 Nov 2007
Under Leopard, does not download schedule. Back to 1.8.1.
[Version 1.9]


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chrischram had trouble on 28 Nov 2007
This version has a major problem! Under Leopard, it is impossible to return to the front side of the widget from the preferences side. I guess I'll have to take a trip in my Time Machine to find the previous version.

Leopard users: Skip this one!
[Version 1.9]


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Date:27 Dec 2010
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Couch Potato is a Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X that will display upcoming programming for your favorite U.S. and Canadian TV channels. Local Broadcast, Cable, Digital Cable, and Satellite programming are all supported.

Couch Potato is designed to make it easy automatically filter out the garbage that you don't ever watch (like Paid Programming!), and can automatically remind you about your favorite upcoming shows.


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