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TV Guide Network
TV Guide Network.png
Launched 1985
Owned by Lionsgate
Slogan America's Television Headquarters
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Formerly called Electronic Program Guide (1985-1988)
Prevue Guide (1988-1993)
Prevue Channel (1993-1999)
TV Guide Channel (1999-2007)
TV Guide Network (2007-present)
Website Network Website
TV Guide Video Portal
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 237
Dish Network Channel 117
Cable
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for channels

TV Guide Network (formerly known as TV Guide Channel, Prevue Channel, Prevue Guide, and Electronic Program Guide) is an American cable network owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation.

At the bottom of the screen, TV Guide Network provides a scrolling grid, or "scrid" for short, listing all channels available to the viewer coupled with the titles of the television programs and films those channels are currently showing. Appearing in the top half of the screen are programs featuring movie previews and celebrity news, repeats of select popular television shows, and commercials. The majority of the network's audience consists of channel surfers looking to see what's on, and what's coming on next, on their respective cable and satellite systems' channel lineups.

Although its bottom-screen program listings grid continues to be the major feature of the channel, TV Guide Network has repositioned itself as a destination channel for television news and information through its original series and specials. This is because internet-based TV listings sites and the on-screen interactive program guides (IPGs) built directly into most of today's cable and satellite set top terminals, as well as into digital video recorders like TiVo, have mostly obviated the need for a dedicated TV listings channel by providing the same information in a speedier manner, and often in much more detail. TV Guide offers its own IPG software for digital cable boxes, called TV Guide Interactive. It is visually similar in its presentation to the TV Guide Network's bottom-screen program listings grid.

TV Guide Network is only available from within the digital tiers of certain cable providers in some markets. As its programming is considered non-critical, many cable providers also use the TV Guide Network's channel space as a default Emergency Alert System conduit for transmitting warning information applicable to their local service areas. Some also use it for sports over flow as well.

A gridless version of the channel, featuring all of its programming full-screen, is offered to cable and satellite operators providing only digital television service and whose digital set top receivers already include integrated IPGs.

On January 5, 2009, Lionsgate announced its intent to purchase TV Guide Network and TV Guide Online for $255 million. Lionsgate closed the transaction on March 2, 2009, paying cash.[1] The following April, Lionsgate announced plans to revamp the network into a more entertainment-oriented channel, including plans to discontinue the bottom-screen scrolling program listings grid that has been a part of the channel since its inception in 1985.[2][3][4] Following the announcement, Mediacom announced that it would be dropping the network.[5] Time Warner Cable has also dropped the network in Texas.[6]

Contents

History

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1980s

Electronic Program Guide

Electronic Program Guide (EPG Sr.)

Launched in 1985 by the Trakker, Inc. unit of United Video Holdings, the TV Guide Network began its life as a simple electronic program guide software application sold to cable system operators throughout the United States and Canada. Known simply as the Electronic Program Guide, or the EPG for short, the software was designed to be run within the head end facility of each participating cable system on a single, custom-modified consumer-grade computer supplied by United Video. Its scrolling program listings grid, which cable system operators broadcast to subscribers on a dedicated channel, covered the entire screen and provided four hours of listings for each system's entire channel line-up, one half-hour period at a time. Because of this, listings for programs currently airing would often be several minutes away. Additionally, because the EPG software generated only video, cable operators commonly resorted to filling the EPG channel's audio with music from a local FM station, or with programming from a cable TV-oriented audio service provider such as Cable Radio Network.

EPG Jr. unit featuring an Atari 130XE.

Two versions of the EPG were offered: EPG Jr., a 16KB EPROM version which ran on various Atari models including the 130XE and 600XL, and EPG Sr., a 3½ bootable diskette version for the Amiga 1000. Raw program listings data for national cable networks, as well as for regional and local terrestrial stations, was fed en masse from a Tulsa, Oklahoma mainframe to each EPG installation via a 2400 baud data stream encoded into the vertical blanking interval of WGN by United Video. (United Video was WGN's nationwide satellite distributor.) By cherry-picking data from this master feed for only the networks its cable system actually carried, each EPG installation was able to generate a continuous visual display of program listings customized to its local cable system's unique channel line-up. (Data describing the unique channel line-up each EPG was to display also arrived via this master feed.)

Both the EPG Jr. and EPG Sr. allowed cable operators to further customize their operation locally. A top-screen title banner could be added (e.g., "JONES INTERCABLE PROGRAM GUIDE"), the listings grid's scrolling speed could be changed, and local text-based advertisements could be inserted. Each text-based advertisement could be configured to display as either a "scroll ad" (appearing within the vertically-scrolling listings grid between its half-hour cycles)[7] or as a "crawl ad" (appearing within a horizontally-scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen).[8]. If no advertisements were configured as "crawl ads," no bottom ticker would be shown on-screen.

The on-screen appearances of both the Jr. and Sr. versions of the EPG software differed only slightly, due primarily to differences in text font and extended ASCII graphic glyph character rendering between the underlying Atari and Amiga platforms.[9]

Because neither version of the EPG software was capable of silent remote administration for its locally-customizable features, cable company employees were required to visit their head end facilities in order to make all necessary adjustments to the software in person. Consequently, EPG channel viewers would often see its otherwise continuous listings interrupted without warning each time a cable company technician brought up its administrative menus to adjust settings, view diagnostics information, or hunt-and-peck new local text advertisements into the menus' built-in text editor.

The Atari-based EPG Jr. units were encased in blue rack enclosures containing custom-made outboard electronics, such as the Zephyrus Electronics Ltd. UV-D-2 demodulator board, which delivered data decoded from the WGN data stream to the Atari's 13 pin Serial Input/Output (SIO) handler port. (The EPG Jr. software's EPROM was interfaced to the Atari's ROM cartridge port.)

Split-Screen Electronic Program Guide

By the late 1980s, a software upgrade "option" was offered by United Video for the Amiga 1000-based EPG Sr. This updated version featured a program listings grid identical in appearance to that of the original EPG Sr. version, but confined it to the lower half of the screen. In this new split-screen configuration, which was the forerunner to Prevue Guide (below), the upper half of the screen displayed static or animated graphical advertisements and logos created locally by each cable system operator. Up to 64 such ads were supported.

Locally-created text-based advertisements were still supported too. However, they now appeared in the top half of the screen as well, support for showing them within the listings grid as scrolling ads, or beneath it as crawling banner ads, having been removed. Although most cable systems kept the original, full-screen EPG in operation well into the early 1990s, some systems with large numbers of subscribers opted for this upgraded version of EPG Sr. in order to exploit the revenue potential of its graphical local advertising capabilities.

The Atari-based EPG Jr. was never afforded this split-screen upgrade and fell out of favor during the late 1980s as cable systems migrated to the full- or split-screen Amiga 1000-based EPG Sr., and later to the Amiga 2000-based Prevue Guide (below). However, the EPG Jr. remained in service as late as 2005 on a few small cable systems, as well as on a number of private cable systems operated by various hotel chains and certain housing and apartment complexes.

Prevue Guide

Prevue Guide

In 1988, the Trakker, Inc. unit of United Video Holdings was renamed Prevue Networks, Inc. and the split-screen version of the EPG Sr. software was further updated and renamed "Prevue Guide". Now running on the Amiga 2000, it displayed a split-screen listings grid visually identical to the upgraded EPG Sr.'s, but also supported – along with up to 128 locally-inserted top-screen graphical advertisements – the display of video with accompanying sound in the top half of the screen.[10] Primarily promos for upcoming TV shows, films, and special events, these videos appeared in either the left or right halves of the top portion of the screen, coupled with supplimentary information concerning them in the opposing halves (program title, channel, air date and time).

Prevue Guide Amiga 2000 unit (decommissioned).

Making the video integration possible were the Amiga 2000's native video compositing capabilities. All video (and associated audio) content was provided live by Prevue Networks, Inc. via a special analog C-band satellite backhaul feed from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This feed contained a national satellite listings grid in the bottom half of its picture (strictly as a courtesy for the era's C-band dish owners), with the top half of its picture divided horizontally in two, both halves showing promos for unrelated telecasts on different networks. (Sound for each half was provided in mono on the feed's left and right audio channels.) Within each cable system's head end facility, meanwhile, the Amiga 2000-powered Prevue Guide software overlaid the bottom half of the satellite feed's video frame with its own, locally-generated listings grid. It also continuously chose which of the two simultaneously-available promos in the top half of the satellite feed's picture to let local cable subscribers see, patching its audio through to them while visually blocking out the other promo. During periods where both of the satellite feed's simultaneous promos were for cable networks not carried by a local cable system, the local Prevue Guide software blocked out both, filling the entire top half of the screen with a local text or graphical advertisement instead.

The satellite feed's national scheduling grid was never meant to be seen by cable subscribers. On occasion, however, when a cable system's local Prevue Guide software crashed into Amiga Guru Meditation mode, subscribers would be exposed to the satellite feed's full video frame, letting them see not only the two disparate promos simultaneously running in its upper half, but perhaps more confusingly, the satellite transponder-oriented national listings grid in its lower half.[11]

Commercials, often for psychic hotlines, and featurettes produced by Prevue Networks, Inc., such as Prevue Tonight, were also delivered via this satellite feed. For commercials, the top half of the feed's video frame would be completely filled out, with local cable system Prevue Guide installations letting it show through in full. The satellite feed also carried a third audio channel containing Prevue Guide theme music in an infinite loop. Local Prevue Guide installations would switch to this audio source during the display of local top-screen advertising, and when they crashed. Prevue Guide could additionally signal cable system video playback equipment to override the Prevue Networks, Inc. satellite feed entirely with up to nine minutes of local, video-based advertising per hour. Few cable systems utilized this feature, however, oweing to the need to produce special versions of their local advertisements wherein, as with the satellite feed itself, all action occurred only within the top half of the video frame.

Other features of Prevue Guide, unavailable in the earlier full- and split-screen EPG Sr. versions, were colorized listings backgrounds and program-by-program channel summaries. Between its already colored grid lines, which alternated blue, green, yellow, and red with each half-hour listings cycle, each cable operator could choose to enable either red or light blue (rather than black) background colors for multiple channels of its choice. These backgrounds were usually used to highlight premium movie channels and pay-per-view services. Additionally, program-by-program channel summaries with light grey backgrounds, for up to four channels of each cable operator's choice, could be included within the scrolling grid. Appearing between each four-hour listings cycle, the names of channels (rather than times) would scroll up and slide into the grid's header bar one at a time, each followed by up to four hours worth of program-by-program listings for that channel alone.

Prevue Guide could also display graphical "Prevue Weather" logos, accompanied by local weather conditions, within its scrolling grid. These inserts were available to cable operators for an additional fee and appeared after each four-hour listings cycle.

By the early 1990s, United Video began encouraging cable systems still using either the full- or split-screen versions of the Amiga 1000-based EPG Sr. to upgrade to the Amiga 2000-based Prevue Guide. Active support for the Amiga 1000-based EPG Sr. installations was discontinued in 1993.

Like the Amiga 1000-based EPG Sr., Prevue Guide also ran from bootable 3½ diskettes, and its locally-customizable features remained configurable only from the local keyboard, subjecting viewers to the same on-screen maintenance-related interruptions by local cable company employees as before.[12] (Silent remote administration of locally-customizable features would not be added until the "yellow grid" appeared shortly after the beginning of the TV Guide Channel era, when the Amiga platform was fully abandoned.) To support Prevue Guide's new, satellite-delivered video and audio, each Amiga 2000 featured a UV Corp. UVGEN video/genlock card for the satellite feed's video and a Zephyrus Electronics Ltd model 100 rev. C demodulator/switching ISA card for manipulating the feed's audio. Also included were a Zephyrus Electronics Ltd. model 101 rev. C demodulator ISA card for the WGN data stream, and a Great Valley Products Zorro II A2000 HC+8 Series II card (used only for 2 MB of Fast RAM with SCSI disabled).[13] The 101C fed demodulated listings data at 2400 baud from a DE9 RS232 serial connector on its backpanel to the Amiga's stock DB25 RS232 serial port via a short cable. It also featured connection terminals for contact closure triggering of external cable system video playback equipment.

1990s

Prevue Channel

Prevue Channel

Beginning in late March of 1993, Prevue Networks, Inc. overhauled the Prevue Guide software once again, this time to modernize its appearance. Still operating on the same Amiga 2000 hardware, the old grid's black background with white text separated by colored lines gave way to a new, embossed-looking navy blue grid featuring 90 minutes of scheduling information per channel. Arrow symbols had been added to listings whose start or end times stretched beyond that timeframe, and for viewer convenience, local cable operators could now configure the grid's scrolling action to momentarily pause for up to four seconds after each screenful of listings. Additionally, local cable operators could enable light grey sports and movie summaries within the grid. Appearing between each listings cycle, these showed all films and sporting events airing on any channel during the next 90 minutes. The light grey program-by-program summaries for individual channels, red and light blue channel highlighting, and graphical "Prevue Weather" forecasts that were previously available to cable systems as optional grid features and inserts remained available in the same manners as before. Closed captioning, MPAA movie rating, and VCR Plus+ logos were additionally introduced by this version of the software, and unlike in prior versions, large graphical Prevue Guide logos appeared within its grid, between listings cycles.

By late 1993, Prevue Guide was re-branded "Prevue Channel", and an updated channel logo was unveiled to match. In 1996, the Prevue Channel logo was given a new, ringed planet-like design, and two years later, the classic Dodger-like font face its logo had incorporated since 1988 was replaced with a more generic, all-lower case italicized one. In 1997, Prevue Channel became the first electronic program guide to show Canada's and the United States' formalized TV Ratings symbols. They appeared alongside program titles within the listings grid, as well as in the supplimentary scheduling information overlays accompanying promo videos in the top half of the screen.

During the mid-1990s, Prevue Networks, Inc. also expanded beyond its Prevue Channel operation. In 1996, Prevue Networks introduced their first set top terminal-integrated digital IPG, Prevue Interactive, designed for the General Instruments DCT 1000. It was launched as part of TCI's first digital cable service offerings. In 1997, Prevue Networks and United Video Satellite Group also launched Prevue Online, an internet web site providing local TV listings, audio/video interviews, and weather forecasts. Another web site, PrevueNet, was co-launched to provide more history and useful information for the Prevue Channel, as well as for Sneak Prevue, UVTV, WGN Chicago, and WPIX New York.

The new navy blue grid version of the Prevue Channel software was as crash-prone as previous ones. Flashing red Amiga "guru meditation" errors (with the raw satellite feed's dual promo windows and national satellite listings grid showing through from behind them) remained a frequent sight on many cable systems throughout the United States and Canada. While Prevue Networks' software engineers released regular patches to correct bugs, it simultaneously became clear that an entirely new hardware platform would soon be needed. New Amiga 2000 hardware was no longer being manufactured by Commodore, which filed for bankruptcy in 1994, and Prevue Networks began resorting to cannibalizing parts from second-hand dealers of used Amiga hardware in order to continue supplying and maintaining operational units. During periods where Amiga 2000 hardware availability proved insufficient, newer models such as the Amiga 3000 were used instead.[14] However, as those models' stock cases would not accept the company's large existing inventory of Zephyrus ISA demodulator cards, only their motherboards were used, in custom-designed cases with riser card and backplane modifications.

TV Guide Channel

TV Guide Channel with yellow grid (1999-2003).

In February of 1999, United Video Satellite Group, the parent company of Prevue Networks, Inc., bought TV Guide for $2 billion in stock and cash. By mid-year, new graphics were in place, officially renaming Prevue Channel "TV Guide Channel". In early October, Gemstar International Group Ltd. purchased United Video Satellite Group. Finally, throughout December of that year on cable systems nationwide, a new yellow grid began replacing the navy blue grid that had presented channel listings to viewers for the past six years. The old navy blue grid was completely phased out by January of 2000.

TV Guide Channel unit (WinNT PC-based).

With the arrival of TV Guide Channel's yellow grid, all remaining vestiges of Prevue Channel had been eliminated: its Amiga-based hardware infrastructure was decommissioned, and purpose-built, Windows NT/2000 PCs employing custom-designed video/audio expansion cards were installed. With this new infrastructure additionally came the ability for local cable companies to perform silent remote administration of all their installations' locally-customizable features, making live, on-screen guide maintenance interruptions by cable system technicians a thing of the past.

The yellow grid also eliminated the optional red and light blue background colors local cable operators were formerly able to assign various channels of their choices. In their place, universal, program genre-based background colors were introduced. Sporting events appeared with green backgrounds, and movies on all networks were given red backgrounds. Pay-per-view events additionally appeared with purple backgrounds. The light grey backgrounds which had formerly appeared in channel- and program genre-based summaries were also eliminated, with the aforementioned red, green, and purple color coding now applying to those summaries as well.

Despite its elimination from the American television market, the Prevue brand continued to be seen in Canada in the form of Prevue Junior, a service offered to cable system operators by Prevue Interactive.[15]

2000s

TV Guide Channel with its second blue grid (2003-2004).

Once Prevue Channel completed its transition to TV Guide Channel, the programming it featured changed drastically. Frequent 'shows' were added, lasting anywhere from minutes to a couple of hours. Starting in 2005, Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers began providing coverage for televised awards ceremonies such as The Emmy Awards and The Academy Awards. In 2007, the mother-daughter duo were unceremoniously dropped by TV Guide in favor of Lisa Rinna. Later, in 2007, Rinna was joined by fellow Dancing with the Stars alumni Joey Fatone. On July 29, 2009, TV Guide announced that Rinna and Fatone had been replaced by Hollywood 411, presented by The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Also with the transition from Prevue Channel to TV Guide Channel, the nature of the service's scrolling listings grid began to change. During broadcasts of the channel's original primetime series as well as during red carpet awards ceremony coverage, programming started appearing almost entirely full-screen, with a transparent, non-scrolling, two-line version of the channel's regular listings grid occupying only the extreme bottom of the frame. Semi-regular stylistic re-designs of the grid also occurred, and support was added for showing locally-inserting provider logos and graphical advertisements within it. Starting in 2004, light blue backgrounds began to appear on listings for children's programming, complimenting the red, green, and purple background colors already applied to listings for films, sporting events, and pay-per-view programming respectively.

TV Guide Channel with teal grid (2004-2006).

Because of Gemstar-TV Guide's dominant position within the television listings market, listings for TV Guide Channel's own original programming began to appear on the topmost lines of most TV listings web sites to which the company provided listings data, regardless of which channel number any given cable system carried it on. This also became the case with the print version of TV Guide.

Rather than purchasing TV Guide Channel carriage rights, some services such as IO Digital Cable and Bright House Networks created their own scrolling listings grids, with IO's occasionally interrupted by full-screen commercials, and otherwise featuring banner ads accompanied by music. Bright House Networks' version featured a video inlay of a local news station instead of banner ads, with its overall on-screen presentation otherwise matching that of IO's.

DirecTV did not begin carrying the TV Guide Channel until 2004, and began carrying it in an entirely full-screen format (without the bottom listings grid) in 2005. This was also the case with DISH Network, which aired the network in full-screen format to avoid duplication of its set top receiver-integrated IPG, also provided by Gemstar-TV Guide.

TV Guide Network

Current version of TV Guide Network (2006-present).

On April 30, 2007, Gemstar-TV Guide announced that beginning June 4, 2007, TV Guide Channel would be re-branded "TV Guide Network". According to its press release, the move was intended to reflect "the continued evolution of the Channel from primarily a utility service to a more fully-developed television guidance and entertainment network with a continued commitment to high quality programming."

On May 2, 2008, Gemstar-TV Guide was acquired by Macrovision (now Rovi Corporation). Macrovision, which purchased Gemstar-TV Guide mostly to boost the value of its lucrative VCR+ and electronic program guide patents, later stated that they were possibly looking to sell both TV Guide Network and the TV Guide print edition's namesake to other parties. On December 18 of that year, Macrovision announced[16] that it had found a willing party for TV Guide Network in One Equity Partners. The transaction included tvguide.com, with Macrovision retaining the IPG service.

At the beginning of January 2009, the print edition of TV Guide quietly removed its listings for TV Guide Network (along with its listings for several other networks) over what the magazine's management described[17] as "space concerns". In actuality, the two entities had been forced apart by their new, individual owners, with promotions for the network ending in the magazine, and vice versa. TV Guide magazine journalists also no longer appeared on TV Guide Network. The top-line "plug" for the network did, however, remain intact on the web sites of internet-based listings providers using TV Guide's EPG listings.

The TV Guide Network has purchased the rights to air reruns of Ugly Betty on cable television.[18]

Color Schemes

Current Genre Color Coding

On both TV Guide Network and in Gemstar-TV Guide's set top box-integrated IPG service (TV Guide Interactive), program genres are indicated on-screen by color:

  • Normal Programming: Gray (in IPG, dark blue)
  • Children's Shows: Light blue
  • Sports Programming: Green
  • Movies: Red on regular channels, purple on pay-per-view channels (in IPG, purple on all channels)
TV Guide Network's truncated listings grid style as seen during full-screen programming. (Seen in the screen capture, taken while the network still identified as "TV Guide Channel," are Joan and Melissa Rivers.) Note that program titles still show with the same genre coloring as when the grid is presented in its non-compacted state.)

On TV Guide Network itself, during the weeks prior to the Emmys, shows that have been nominated are also highlighted in gold. The same gold highlighting can be seen during the lead-up to the Oscars, except only for movies that have won in the past. Titles for other special shows, like those that are a part of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, have a bubbly-water graphical scheme. During the lead-up to Halloween, horror movie titles feature spiderwebs in their schemes, and Holiday movie titles listed during December are blue and snow-covered. Similar important shows and/or premieres have other special graphical schemes added to their grid cells.

Grid Color History

On the EPG/Prevue Guide/Prevue Channel/TV Guide Channel/TV Guide Network channel, the following colors have been used for the listings grid:

  • Green (during the TV Guide Channel and TV Guide Network years of 1990-present)
  • Black (during the Amiga-based EPG and Prevue Guide years prior to mid-1993)
  • Navy blue (during the Amiga-based Prevue Guide and Prevue Channel years of 1993-1999)
  • Yellow (during the TV Guide Channel years of 1999-2003)
  • Blue (during the TV Guide Channel years of 2003-2004)
  • Teal (during the TV Guide Channel years of 2004-2005)
  • Grey (during the TV Guide Channel and TV Guide Network years of 2005-present)

Between the late 1980s and 1999, local cable operators could configure listings for certain channels to appear with alternate background colors (their choice of red or light blue). Light grey backgrounds were additionally used for channel- and program genre-based listings summaries, when enabled by local cable operators. Beginning with the yellow grid in 1999, all such coloring was discarded in favor of program genre-based coloring which affected all channels and summaries. Listings for movies featured red backgrounds, pay-per-view events bore purple backgrounds, and sporting events featured green backgrounds. Starting in 2004, light blue backgrounds were additionally applied to listings for children's programming.

Programming

In addition to paid programming that airs from early-mid morning, along with reruns of programs such as Punk'd, Just Shoot Me and American Idol Rewind, the TV Guide Network has many original series that air during primetime.

Current shows

  • The Fashion Team (2007-present) - Hosted by Daphne Brogdon and Lawrence Tevrizian
  • Hollywood 411 (2008-present) - Daily entertainment news magazine show covering TV, film and music, as well as Hollywood news. Lasts an hour. Hosted by: Madison Michele and Chris Harrison; Entertainment reporters include Megan Tevrizian and Marc Istook.
  • InFANity (2007-present) - A comprehensive look at a particular TV series, featuring cast interviews; set visits; stars' off-screen activities; fans' questions; and plot previews. Hosted by Lisa Joyner.
  • Look-a-Like (2005-present) - Everyday people get Hollywood-style makeovers to look like their favorite celebrities.
  • TV Guide Close Up (2004-present) - Informative and fun one hour biographies on your favorite TV and film stars.
  • What's on DVD (2006-present) - A preview of upcoming releases on DVD.
  • Ugly Betty reruns (2009-2010) - Reruns of the show.

Former shows

  • America's Next Producer (2007) - TV and video producers compete to see who possesses the skills to create a hit show. Contestants take a concept through the development process, while attempting to avoid elimination. The winner receives $100,000 and a TV Guide Network deal.
  • Celebrity Says! (2008) - A game show in which contestants try to predict what various celebrities said during various red carpet interviews, vying for a chance at $5,000 in cash. Hosted by Dave Holmes.
  • Hollywood Showdown (2006-2008) - Repeats of episodes originally seen in 2000 on PAX (now ION Television) and Game Show Network; contestants field questions on film, TV, and music for cash prizes. Hosted by Todd Newton.
  • Hollywood 411 on Set (2009) - Set visits and behind-the-scenes info on the latest movies, profiling three each show.
  • Idol Chat & Idol Tonight (2006-2009) - Discusses each week's American Idol, and highlights (and lowlights) of the previous show, featuring analysis of the judging and fashions as well as the performers. Also: interviews with defeated contestants. Hosted by Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini (Rosanna Tavarez was a former co-host from 2006-2008)
  • Making News: Texas Style (:27 and :57 past the hour) (2007-2008) - Follows news anchors at TV stations in the state of Texas. During the first season, the anchors of Odessa, Texas, CBS affiliate KOSA were featured (some episodes also featured an anchor at the market's NBC affiliate, KWES). The second season followed anchors at the duopoly of WJCL and WTGS, the ABC and Fox affiliates (respectively) in Savannah, Georgia, as well as long-dominant CBS affiliate WTOC and NBC affiliate WSAV, from time to time). The second season was called Making News: Savannah Style.
  • Michael Jackson Documentaries - Various hour-long and half-hour documentaries discussing the life of the late pop and R&B singer. Reruns of these documentaries have made up the bulk of TV Guide Network's summer 2009 programming following his death.
  • Reality Chat (2006-2009) - Weekly talk show dedicated to the reality TV phenomenon. Hosted by Rosanna Tavarez and Sadie Murray (Kimberly Caldwell was a former co-host from 2006-2008)
  • TV Watercooler (2006-2009) - A weekly recap of TV's noteworthy shows and moments. Hosted by John Fugelsang and Teresa Strasser (Debra Wilson was a former co-host in 2006)

Slogans

Prevue Guide and Prevue Channel

  • Just what you're looking for. (1988-1992)
  • We are what's on (1992-1995)
  • Prevue... See what's on (1995-1997; secondary)
  • Prevue First! (1998-1999 secondary)
  • Before you view, Prevue! (1993 to 1995; alternate, 1995-1999; primary)

TV Guide Channel/Network

  • Change the way you channel (1999-2001)
  • Don't miss a thing (2001-2004)
  • Original shows, original channel, TV Guide Channel. (2004-2007)
  • America's Television Headquarters (2007-present)
  • Original shows, original network, TV Guide Network (2007-present; secondary)

Sneak Prevue

The Prevue Channel spun-off another network, exclusively for pay-per-view programming, Sneak Prevue in 1991. Also driven by Amiga 2000 hardware and therefore was often as crash-prone as its parent channel which used the Amiga software as well, TV Guide Network ceased operations of Sneak Prevue in 2002.

References

  1. ^ Article: Lionsgate, Macrovision Close TV Guide Network Deal; Multichanel.com; 2009-03-02
  2. ^ Article: Advertising Age: "TV Guide Channel to Ditch the Scroll: Revamp Includes Original Programming for TV Fans", 4/1/2009.
  3. ^ Article: MediaPost: "TV Guide Channel Plans Original Programming:, 4/2/2009.
  4. ^ Article: TV Week: "TV Guide Channel Expands Mandate With Series, Movies", 4/2/2009.
  5. ^ Article: Cable will drop Dubuque TV guide, TH Online
  6. ^ Article: Beaumont Enterprise: "Time Warner drops TV Guide Channel", 4/7/2009.
  7. ^ Video: Electronic Program Guide (full-screen Sr. version) operating normally with scroll ads, Youtube
  8. ^ Video: Electronic Program Guide (full-screen Sr. version) operating normally with crawl ads, Youtube
  9. ^ Video: Electronic Program Guide (full-screen Jr. version) operating normally with scroll and crawl ads, Youtube
  10. ^ Video: Prevue Guide operating normally, Youtube
  11. ^ Video: Prevue Guide crashed, then rebooting, exposing raw satellite feed video, Youtube
  12. ^ Video: Prevue Guide interrupted by local cable technician adding text advertisement, Youtube
  13. ^ Forum posting: Prevue Guide Amiga 2000 hardware specifications, amiga.org
  14. ^ Forum posting: Prevue Guide Amiga 3000 hardware sighting, amiga.org
  15. ^ Prevue Interactive's "Prevue Junior", The Internet Archive (2008)
  16. ^ Article: Macrovision finds willing partner for TV Guide Network in One Equity Partners, Macrovision (expired link)
  17. ^ Article: Dave on Demand: 'Mentalist' showed powers only in ratings, philly.com (expired link)
  18. ^ Article: "Ugly Betty" Heads to TV Guide Network, Hollywood Reporter, July 23, 2009

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