Alternate titles from TV listings etc

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Sometimes the title from the TV listings (especially in a time ”before internet” - when TV listings in newspapers/magazines were more important) differ from the actual on-screen title. And sometimes this ”informal” title can be actually more known than the actual on-screen title. Sure, the differences can be very small, but still there are some.

What attribute is used when adding these alternate titles from e.g. TV listings? Is it ”informal title”, or perhaps ”promotional title”? I assume that the basic ”alternate title” is not recommended, since it applies to the actual on-screen (alternate) titles (or maybe I’m mistaken)?


(NOTE: I’m talking about the ”Alternate titles” section. We all know that the primary title is the actual on-screen title exactly how it’s written on the screen.)
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Peter, Champion

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I have used "promotional title" for this, but IMDb could also consider adding a specific "TV listings title" option.
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I have to agree that ”TV listings title” is kinda missing from the options. I mean ”informal title” is not quite right, and ”promotional title” (for me, at least) kinda refers to cases like ”T2” meaning ”Terminator 2”, or that the album ”The Beatles” is more known as "The White Album".

The options now include e.g. ”DVD box title” (referring to the title on the cover), or even ”DVD menu title”, so ”TV listings title” should be acceptable.
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Will, Official Rep

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Hi both,

I agree that this seems like a valid use case, I've added a new (TV listings title) to our list of options. Please allow up to 24 hours for this to appear in the dropdown.