23 June 2007

zap2it closing

In December I bemoaned the revolting changes to yahoo's TV listings, and I switched to zap2it. Well, the other day I read that zap2it will be discontinuing its free TV listings on 1 September.

So it was looking like I'd have to find another source of online TV listings. But I just had a pleasant surprise. It looks like yahoo actually listened to (at least some of) the negative feedback from late last year, and their online TV listings don't suck nearly as much as the last time I wrote about them. At the time, I had three major gripes about the changes to yahoo TV:
  1. painfully slow incremental loading--it doesn't do that any more
  2. really annoying 3-hour browsing blocks--they're back to 1-hour increments (and they fixed the problem of not being able to see listings of shows starting prior to the current block)
  3. amnesia about my display preferences: I signed in, set my preferences, signed out, deleted my cookies, signed back in, and it remembered to show just my favorite channels.
So, screw you, zap2it. And yahoo, you get another chance.

3 comments:

henthoca said...

Another one you might try is titanTV.
I don't know how it compares to the other ones you listed, but I've been using it for a while and find it quite suitable.

mbrisby said...

Cool, thanks. I'll give them a try.

Anonymous said...

Awww Zap2It was great, I love the FreeGuide desktop application.