Apr 09 AT 4:32 PM Guest Blogger 9 Comments

TV-Guide USA: fast and free access to everything TV

One of the worst things I can think of is trying to remember that commercial I saw for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, and not being able to remember what channel, what time, or what day it is on. I swear this has never happened to me, but many of you may have fallen victim to this atrocity. Whether it’s The Bachelorette, Lost, or a simple news broadcast, we all have at some point been caught in the dark and unable to remember the necessities of our favorite programming.

Look no further TV lovers, TV-Guide USA is your one stop shop for everything TV. This free application located in the Android Market will be your new best friend. Simply download the app, enter your zip code, and TV-Guide does the rest. This nifty little application loads real time program listings for ANY carrier in the United States. I’m not talking just Dish Network or DIRECTV – I’m talking everything. Even if it’s simple local channels, TV-Guide provides times, channels, and program descriptions for all your favorite shows. Not only that, but you can search by movies or sporting events as well. And here’s the best part, all you hopeless romantics can filter your movie search to bring back programs that would truly make your wives proud.

Click any channel, and TV-Guide will automatically populate the current showing (yes, it tells you how much of The Proposal you’ve missed), and give you show-times and descriptions for the rest of the day. Once you’ve found your desired program, simply long press on the show and TV-Guide will pop up a notification reminder. You can set reminders for the start of the program, 10 minutes before, 1 hour before, or 6 hours before the start.

What I loved: The versatility of the application was amazing. I loved how it would populate listings regardless of who my provider was. This function alone makes it more desirable than other apps that focus solely on one cable/satellite provider. The ability to set reminders for my favorite shows also came in very handy, and definitely contributed to an overall positive experience.

What they could improve: I would love to see the ability to set my DVR to record from the application. This would no doubt be difficult, and possibly induce a paid subscription by the developer, Jersey Productions. However, with that ability I believe it would be worth the money. Another gripe among fans is the inability of the app to tell us if an episode is new, or repeat, and the lack of search options by show name.

Final Verdict

TV-Guide USA has officially made it’s way to my homescreen, which is quite the accomplishment considering the saturation of apps that we have seen in the market recently. Keep in mind, this it’s free and takes up a mere 780KB. This app is definitely worth a download, and with a few tweaks may eventually obtain the coveted 5-star rating.

What’s next? Although there is currently no news to support upcoming enhancements or new versions, I have no doubt that Jersey Productions is plugging away at bugs and doing their best to drive more downloads. You can stay up to date on the latest enhancements and information at their site, here.

For this review I used a myTouch 1.2, running on Android 1.6. This app currently works on all versions of Android. The version of the app reviewed is 1.2.6.

Note: This review was submitted by Nate Peters as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://Website Caleb

    For what it’s worth, those with Verizon phones and Verizon FiOS TV can get an app that does this, plus the ability to schedule recordings.

    • http://Website Nate

      That’s a noteworthy point Caleb. Unfortunately, not everyone will have access to those snazzy Verizon apps. This would be a download for those of us running Android on either AT&T, Spring, or T-Mobile. I sure would like that ability to schedule recordings though. :)

      • http://Website Nate

        Haha, Spring WIreless? The new up and coming carrier for Android phones? LOL. I meant Sprint, obviously.

  • http://Website Scuff

    The Bachelorette? Dude, seriously. I think you left your balls in your wife’s purse.

  • http://Website Nate

    It was definitely a joke man, I’ve been Bachelorette free for four seasons now! Just kidding, I thought it was a nice comment to lighten the mood.

    On another note, I did notice that TV-Guide was one of the most frequently downloaded apps over the past two days since the review has been posted; so the good news is that the reviews are working, and people are definitely getting into the Market and downloading apps of interest that they have seen on this site.

  • http://www.thisiscourtney.com Courtney

    Nice, I could use something like this. Definitely downloading.

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    Tv. Guide

  • http://Website Evan

    FYI this is still in the Market but now it is called TV Listings for Android.

  • http://Website MADDIE

    I downloaded tv guide and tv listing …decent but is there a way to sync your tv guide favorites from online to the phone? or to sync your tv listing favorites from your facebook favorites? I’m lazy and i don’t want to have to re add everything .