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FreeGuide - open source TV guide program

FreeGuide Website - Sun Java - Zap2it xml data - Freeware

reviewed by ClifNotes on 5 Nov 2005



FreeGuide is a free open source tv guide program that allows you to download tv schedules from the internet and view them in the FreeGuide program. First, I can tell you that this program works very nicely. The second thing I'll tell you is that you will have to work fairly hard to get everything set up correctly for it to work. FreeGuide, is a 6mb download and is a Java program. That means you must have Sun Java installed, a 16mb download. The guide gets it's information from a server called Zap2it which will require you to register there. The registration at Zap2it is fairly lengthy and once you are there you will have to select your channel lineups.


I didn't have too much trouble setting all this up, but it's all rather difficult and confusing to get done correctly. You will not be able to do it without reading the instructions. Once it is all working, FreeGuide is a great tv guide. It lets you view up to two weeks worth of programming schedules. It lets you choose the tv programs you want to see in the future and save them in a little list in the sidebar.



I don't recommend you try this one unless you are up for a challenge. There are plenty of free tv guide websites that are almost as good and don't require much setup.




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FreeGuide is a TV listings viewer that works offline. It downloads listings information from the Internet and stores it for later viewing. The viewer allows the user to view television listings and create customised TV guides by selecting programmes and by building up a favourites list. It works with listings for Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan (Linux only), the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.