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Encyclopedia > TV Guide Network
TV Guide Network
Launched 1988
Owned by Joint venture between
News Corporation &
Gemstar-TV Guide
Slogan America's Television Headquarters
Formerly called Prevue Guide (1988-1993)
Prevue Channel (1993-1999)
TV Guide Channel (1999-2007)
Website Network Website
TV Guide Video Portal
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 237
Dish Network Channel 117

TV Guide Network is a cable network produced by Gemstar-TV Guide International. It provides, on the bottom one third of the screen, a scrolling grid that lists television channels and the television programs and films currently showing on them. On the top two thirds of the screen are featured programs usually featuring movie previews, celebrity news, and commercials. The majority of the network's audience comes from channel surfers looking to see what's on and upcoming on their cable and satellite system's channel lineup. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A joint venture (often abbreviated JV) is an entity formed between two or more parties to undertake economic activity together. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... A standard DIRECTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DIRECTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. ... The term television channel generally refers to either a television station or its cable/satellite counterpart (both outlined below). ... Television series redirects here. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Channel surfing is the practice of quickly scanning through different television channels or radio frequencies in order to find something interesting to watch or listen to. ...


Although the listing scroll 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 their original series and specials, mainly because of on-screen electronic program guides provided by digital video recorders like TiVo, satellite services and cable boxes, and listings on the Internet, which offer the information in a speedier manner and with more detail than TVGN's grid listings. TV Guide offers its own EPG software on cable boxes, called TV Guide Interactive, which is similarly structured like TV Guide Network listings-wise. The Sky Digital EPG in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. ... Foxtel IQ, a digital video recorder and a satellite cable set-top box. ... TiVo (pronounced tee-voh, IPA: ) is a popular brand of digital video recorder (DVR) in the United States. ... Look up cable box in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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History

In 1981, a small independent 24-hour cable network called the Electronic Program Guide (or the EPG for short) was launched. The early years of the EPG had an on-screen program guide that covered the entire screen. The graphics from the old EPG version featured the same channel listing every half hour: at times, current listings were several minutes away. The 1981 to 1988 version featured a local text-based advertisement ticker on the bottom of the screen and live audio from a local FM radio station. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sky Digital EPG in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. ... An electronic program (or programme) guide, or EPG, is a program schedule, typically broadcast alongside digital television or radio signals. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The abbreviations FM, Fm, and fm may refer to: Electrical engineering Frequency modulation (FM) and its most common applications: FM broadcasting, used primarily to broadcast music and speech at VHF frequencies FM synthesis, a sound-generation technique popularized by early digital synthesizers Science Femtometre (fm), an SI measure of length...

Then in 1988, the company known as Prevue Networks Inc. was established and the EPG was renamed Prevue Guide. The second version of the Prevue Guide's program grid was similar to the EPG's version, and it featured the "split-screen". In this case, the "split-screen" featured graphic and animated advertisements on the upper portion of the screen. The bottom portion showed the then shrunken program grid. Although some cable companies decided to keep the old EPG version, major ones that had larger viewers decided to upgrade to the Prevue Guide version. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1991, the third version of the Prevue Guide was launched. Prevue Guide eventully decided to add their own programs and segments. For the cable companies that still carried the second version of the Prevue Guide program grid would only provide live audio from the Prevue Guide station and advertisements covered up the video portion of the screen. The third version saw the same scrolling channel listings taking up the bottom half half of the screen of the new Prevue Guide format, while advertisements and idents could be displayed at the top half. Such a format continues to be used on the channel, albeit with many presentation changes. Meanwhile, Prevue Guide notified the smaller cable companies that still carried the old EPG version to upgrade and start carring the Prevue Guide, and the EPG was later discontinued in 1993. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The TV Guide Channel is a television channel that provides, on the bottom half of the screen, a scrolling grid that lists television channels and the television programs and films currently showing on them. ...

In 1993, Prevue Guide overhauled its presentation and the listing format. A "blue grid" replaced the older format, and the name became the Prevue Channel. By 1996, a new logo and new graphics to go with it had been added to the channel. That same year, Prevue introduced their first digital Interactive Guide, which was from General Instruments. It was launched as part of TCI's first digital cable service. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... General Instruments Microelectronics was a division of General Instruments Corporation. ... TCI may refer to the following: Tele-Communications Inc. ...


The Prevue Guide grid itself is similar to The Weather Channel's WeatherSTAR (which would provide local information from the cable company and live video feeds at the same time) and it physically ran on Amiga hardware and software. The guide was known to crash at times, leaving the Amiga "Guru Meditation" error overlaid on top of the listings. Other common errors included a C-Band listing failover, and a red box where the listings would normally be, simply stating that local listings would appear soon. The Weather Channel (TWC) is a cable and satellite television network that broadcasts weather and weather-related news 24 hours a day. ... WeatherStar is the name of the technology used by The Weather Channel (TWC) to generate their local forecast segments (such as Local on the 8s) on cable TV systems nationwide. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... Guru Meditation is the name of the error that occurred on early versions of the Amiga home computers when they crashed. ... Failover is the capability to switch over automatically to a redundant or standby computer server, system, or network upon the failure or abnormal termination of the previously active server, system, or network. ...

In February 1999, United Video Satellite Group, parent company of Prevue Networks, bought TV Guide for $2 billion in stock and cash. Over the next 10 months, the newly renamed TV Guide Channel quickly transitioned. New graphics were in by midyear and a replacement for the blue grid which had presented listings on the channel for 6 years was operational by December. Some cable companies were still using the old blue grids. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...


Ever since TV Guide was bought by the Prevue Channel, the programs on it have changed drastically. 'Shows' have been added to the TV Guide Network (see bottom). Shows can last from a few seconds to a couple hours (the longer shows take up the whole screen, making the scrolling grid smaller). Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers provide coverage for television award events like The Emmy Awards and The Academy Awards. Also on the scrolling grid are ads and promotions for the local cable provider (their logo is shown at the end and beginning of the listings), which are usually preceded by local weather conditions. The weather data differs from that used on The Weather Channel's WeatherSTAR. The TV Guide Channel is a guide television channel that sees and/or gives a basic overview of television programs and films on television. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Melissa Rivers Melissa Rivers (born on January 20, 1968) is an American actress and television co-host for fashion/red carpet interviews on cable and satellite television, previously for the E! cable network and currently for the TV Guide channel with her mother, comedian Joan Rivers. ... An Emmy Award. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


Because of Gemstar-TV Guide's dominant position in the listings market, on most websites the company provides listings for, TV Guide Network's listings appear on the topmost line, no matter which channel TVGN may be on. This is also the case within the print version of TV Guide.


Since the TV Guide Network isn't available with every cable service, services like IO Digital Cable and Bright House Networks have come up with their own scrollng grids, with IO having TV commercials for their service at a certain time (the other time just has still ads with Music playing), but up in the right hand corner in a small screen and Bright House having a local news station as a "show", and the screen is set up like IO's. The logo of iO Digital Cable iO Digital Cable is a digital cable service offered by Cablevision, available only in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Matamoras, Pennsylvania. ... The Bright House Networks logo. ...


During the network's red carpet coverage of awards shows with Joan and Melissa Rivers, the video from the event is shown full-screen, with a two line transparent non-scrolling grid along the bottom third of the screen showing a reduced version of the regular TV Guide Network listings, with truncated show titles only. An 800 number comment line also appears on the top line of these listings, which directs viewers to leave feedback about the listing style for TV Guide Network's future reference. The red carpet at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; to the left is Rachael Harris A red carpet is a strip of carpet in the colour red, which is laid out to welcome VIPs such as dignitaries and celebrities at formal events. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Melissa Rivers Melissa Rivers (born on January 20, 1968) is an American actress and television co-host for fashion/red carpet interviews on cable and satellite television, previously for the E! cable network and currently for the TV Guide channel with her mother, comedian Joan Rivers. ... A toll-free telephone number (or Freephone number in the UK) is a special telephone number, in which the calling party is not charged for the call by the telephone operator. ...


On April 30, 2007, Gemstar-TV Guide announced that as of June 4, 2007, the Channel would be re-branded as TV Guide Network, according to the press release, saying the move "reflects 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."


Categories and Color Schemes

The regular scrolling version of the TV Guide Network, with listings taking up 1/3rd of the screen, and program/preview video the other 2/3rds
The similar visual styling of TV Guide's EPG service, TV Guide Interactive
TV Guide Network's truncated visual listings style and full-screen video during awards show coverage. Note that program titles still show genre coloring as in the regular listings style

The type of show categories are highlighted by colors on the screen: Image File history File links TVGCexample. ... Image File history File links TVGCexample. ...

  • Normal Programming: Gray (current color)
  • Children's Shows: Light Blue
  • Sports Programming: Green
  • Movies: Red, Dark Purple

The use of these colors is unchanged on digital cable receivers with the newest version of TV Guide/Gemstar's EPG software, TV Guide Interactive. Digital cable is a term for a type of cable digital television that delivers more channels than possible with analog cable by using digital video compression. ... Look up cable box in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Sky Digital EPG in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. ...


During the time around the Emmys, shows that have been nominated are highlighted in gold. Same goes for the Oscars, except only movies that have won in the past. Other special shows, for example, like shows on Discovery Channel's Shark Week have a bubbly-water scheme, referring to the ocean, or close to Halloween, horror movies have spiderwebs in the scheme, and Holiday movies shown in December are blue with what looks like snow hanging at the top. Similar important shows and/or premieres have similar schemes to their grid space. Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel distributed by Discovery Communications that provides non-fiction variety programming focused primarily on the themes of popular science, history, and knowledge about the world. ... The Discovery Channels Shark Week, which first aired in 1988, is a week-long series of feature programs dedicated to facts on sharks. ... Halloween, or Halloween, is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, and other gifts. ... Bold text This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Former colors

  • Normal Programming: Teal green (used from the teal green days of the program grid from 2004-2005).
  • Normal Programming: Blue (used from the blue program grid days from 2003-2004).
  • Normal Programming: Yellow (used from the yellow program grid days from 1999-2002).
  • Normal Programming: Navy blue (used from the navy blue program grid days from 1993-1999).
  • Premium/Pay-Per-View stations: Dark red (used from the navy blue program grid days from 1993-1999 and the black listings from 1985-1993). This color was later discontinued since the arrival of the yellow grid and when the Amgias were degraded.
  • Premium/Pay-Per-View summary listings: Light gray (used from the navy blue program grid days from 1993-1999 and the black listings from 1985-1993).
  • Movies (not shown on either a premium or Pay-Per-View station): Light blue (first inturduced in 1996 on the navy blue program grid).
  • Normal Programming: Black (used from the EPG and Prevue Guide years until mid 1993).

Note: on the older versions before the yellow grid came out in late 1999, the colors for the sports programs were not added at the time. Also, when the teal-green grid came out in early 2004, the color for the children's programs were added.


Current Shows

In addition to paid programming that airs from late morning-early afternoon, the TV Guide Network has many original sieries that air during primetime.

  • Watch This!- A daily hour show (except Fridays) that shows the best programs in primetime to watch.

-Hosted by: John Henson, and Nikki Boyer (Sometimes co-host switches) John Henson was host of The John Henson Project and was the host of Talk Soup on E! Entertainment. ...

  • TV Watercooler- A weekly recap of TV's noteworthy shows and moments.

-Hosted by John Fugelsang and Teresa Strasser (Debra Wilson was a former co-host) John Fugelsang (born September 3, 1969, Long Island, New York) is an American actor and stand-up comedian best known for his show Junk Male on VH1. ... Teresa Strasser is an actress, writer and TV personality best known for hosting the first season of the home makeover show While You Were Out. ... Debra Renee Wilson Skelton (born April 26, 1962) is an American comedian and actress. ...

  • The 411- Weekend show that shows the highlights from the past week. Lasts an hour.

-Hosted by: Madison Michele Michelle Madison (also known as her stage name, Madison Michele) is a TV host, model and actress. ...

  • InFANity- A comprehensive look at a particular TV series, featuring cast interviews; set visits; stars' off-screen activities; fans' questions; and plot previews.
  • Ready, Set, Change!- A home modification show in the spirit of Monster House. The owner's homes are changed into the theme of their favorite TV show.

-Hosted by Rosanna Tavarez Monster House (2003 - Present) is a Discovery Channel television program that documents the themed remodeling of a residence in a five day time frame. ... [[1]] Rosanna Tavarez (Born Febuary 2, 1977 in New York, NY) Is a Dominican American TV host on TV Guide Channel along side former American Idol cast offs Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. ...

  • TV Candy- A lucky person gets to get a makeover to look like their favorite TV Show character.

-Hosted by Melissa Rivers Melissa Rivers Melissa Rivers (born on January 20, 1968) is an American actress and television co-host for fashion/red carpet interviews on cable and satellite television, previously for the E! cable network and currently for the TV Guide channel with her mother, comedian Joan Rivers. ...

  • Look-a-Like- Same thing as TV Candy, only the person gets a makeover to look like a celebrity.
  • Seeing Stars- Hypnotist Ricky Kalmon 'hypnotises' people into believing that they are going to meet a celebrity or into thinking they are a certain celebrity.
  • Open Call- Marki Costello, a professional casting director tries to cast 'the next big television icon'.
  • Square Off- A weekly series presenting news and views about television. Included are panel discussions of TV issues.
  • Sushi TV- Shows the most bizarre moments in Japanese Television, while the host give possibly wrong descriptions of what's going on.

-Hosted by Chris Booker This cites very few or no references or sources. ...

  • TV Guide Close Up- Informative and fun one hour biographies on your favorite TV and film stars.
  • Hollywood on Set- Set visits and behind-the-scenes info on the latest movies, profiling three each show.
  • Reality Chat- Weekly talk show dedicated to the reality TV phenomenon.

-Hosted by Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez Promo photo Kimberly Ann Caldwell (born February 25, 1982, Katy, Texas) is an American singer most known for being a contestant on the second season of Fox Networks talent competition show, American Idol. ... [[1]] Rosanna Tavarez (Born Febuary 2, 1977 in New York, NY) Is a Dominican American TV host on TV Guide Channel along side former American Idol cast offs Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. ...

  • Idol Tonight- A preview of 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 and performances. Also: interviews with defeated contestants.

-Same hosts as Reality Chat AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ...

  • Trapped in TV Guide- Classic TV moments and reality come together when unsuspecting people are placed in the middle of their favorite television shows.

-Hosted by Tracey Gold. Tracey Gold (born Tracey Claire Fisher on May 16, 1969 in New York City) is an American actress, best known for playing Carol Seaver on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains. ...

  • Stars' First Jobs- Stars show where they worked before they achieved stardom.

-Hosted by Melissa Rivers Melissa Rivers Melissa Rivers (born on January 20, 1968) is an American actress and television co-host for fashion/red carpet interviews on cable and satellite television, previously for the E! cable network and currently for the TV Guide channel with her mother, comedian Joan Rivers. ...

  • What's on DVD- A preview of upcoming releases on DVD.

Hollywood Showdown was an American game show that aired on both PAX and Game Show Network from March 2000 to November 2000. ... Todd Newton is the host of Hollywood Showdown and Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck, both on GSN; and Coming Attractions on E!, as well as occasional episodes of that channels infamous Wild On. ...

Former Shows (TV Guide Channel)

  • What's On'

-Hosted by Ken Taylor

  • What's On: Flicks'

-Hosted by Ken Taylor

  • Music News'

-Hosted by Katie Wagner Katie Wagner (born 11 May 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a television personality and Hollywood reporter. ...

  • TV Talk

-Hosted by Katie Wagner Katie Wagner (born 11 May 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a television personality and Hollywood reporter. ...

  • Hollywood Insider

-Hosted by Sibila Vargas & Aashna Patel & Cynthia Garrett Sibila Vargas is a CNN entertainment reporter. ...

  • The Screening Room

-Hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos & Ken Taylor Despina Debbie Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American journalist, talk show host, and actress. ...

  • Quick Flicks

-Hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos Despina Debbie Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American journalist, talk show host, and actress. ...

  • Movie Profile (:10 and :40 of every hour, 1999)
  • TV Guide Insider (:25 and :55 of every hour, 1999)
  • TV Guide Quick Tips
  • Entertainment News (:20 and :50 of every hour, 1999)
  • TV Close-Up

-Hosted by Katie Wagner & Ken Taylor Katie Wagner (born 11 May 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a television personality and Hollywood reporter. ...

  • Movie Close-Up (short segments, in some form since 1988)
  • Pay-Per-View Close Up (short segments, in some form since 1988)
  • Family Finds
  • Sportsview
  • News Brief and Weather (preceded TV Guide Insider, 1999)
  • TV Guide Around Town (aired only in some areas, 1999)

Former Shows (Prevue Guide/Channel)

  • Prevue Tonight (:27 and :57 of every hour, since 1988)
  • Familyvue (:28 and :58 of every hour, 1996-1999)
  • Movievue (Became a service for VCR Plus and Prevue Channel since 1993)
  • Prevue's TV Trivia (short segments, from 1994-1998)
  • Intervue with Jim Ferguson (Television movie critic, from 1995-1998)
  • Prevue's Sportscope
  • Prevue's ReelTalk (during Pay-Per-View Previews, from 1993-1998)
  • Network Spotlight (short segments, from 1993-1998)
  • Holiday Spotlight (from December 1994)
  • Prevue This (:00 and :30, from 1998)
  • Prevue Family (:05 and :35, from 1998)
  • Prevue Sports (:15 and :45, from 1998)
  • Prevue TV (:17 and :47, from 1998)
  • Prevue News and Weather (:25 and :55, from 1998)
  • Prevue Revue (:00 and :30, from 1998)
  • Prevue Around Town (aired only in some areas, 1998)
  • The Big Picture (movie trailers, 1996-1997)

Slogans

Prevue Guide and Prevue Channel

  • Just what you're looking for. (1988-1992)
  • We are what's on (1992-1996)
  • Prevue...See what's on (1996-1998 secondary)
  • Prevue First! (1998-1999 secondary)
  • Before you view, Prevue! (1993 to 1996 alternate, 1996-1999 primary)

TV Guide Channel

  • Change the way you channel (1999-2001)
  • Don't miss a thing (2001-2004)
  • Original shows, original channel, TV Guide Channel. (2004-2007)

TV Guide Network

  • America's Television Headquarters (2007-present)

Logos

Prevue Channel

TV Guide Channel

References

[1] Archive.org cache of a gallery of Prevue Guide crashes.


External link

  • Official Site

 
 

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