Why did you take away the TV listings?

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled no TV grid?.

through the years the ONE FEATURE i used regularly was the TV grid.  Without it i probably won't bother coming to IMDB much any more.   Pretty pathetic they would remove the 50% of their site that has the most people using it. (all my friends used it regularly.   now we must find a site who cares about what the people want)  Here's a suggestion...  before removing the most used parts of your site, why not ASK the people coming here if they want/use/care about it first?  Oh yeah.... that would show intelligence and a desire to be of service to those of us who come here every day.   Whoever made that decision really screwed up.  I have told most of my friends already that your site is no longer catering to our needs.   I wonder how many people will stop coming now that you ave eliminated the main reason we came here.   so sad.  this used to be a good site for ALL visual entertainment...   now it is only half what it used to be.  Absolutely terrible decision.  (are you guys related to the guy who changed the formula for Coca Cola in the 1970s?  it seems like it, because the effect is the same for this ill-conceived decision.)
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Your so right Dave. That is exactly how I feel & apparently everyone else who has spoken up too. I especially like your comparison to the real Coke. It has never been as good as it was back then. Coke doesn't taste as good as it use to & now IMDB isn't as good as it use to be. It's amazing how many times someone thinks they have a better idea of how to improve things & every time it blows up. have a good day Dave.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please bring back the TV listings grid!!!!!.

What
happened to your TV listings page?  I rely heavily on that
to check TV schedules each week.  I very much need that page
back.  It was working fine all day Wednesday.  Now it's gone!  I can't put into words how angry I am over this!  I mailed imdb & got told...

We have decided to remove the TV Listings Grid for a couple of reasons.
 Not only did the TV Listings Grid have low usage, but as more and more
people have moved to viewing TV shows on streaming services, the TV
Listings Grid was outdated, incomplete, and has outlived its usefulness.  We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope you stay with us and give us
the chance to delight you with improved and new features and
experiences we launch in the future.

The nerve!!!!  No warning also!  I'm not sure about what others here think of "viewing TV shows on streaming services" but I like watching TV on my TV.  I want that TV listings grid back.  I've used
it for several years, week after week.  I need that page to

check TV schedules each week.  Yesterday, I had to check the
week's TV schedules on the TV...which was a pain & took
twice as long as doing it on the computer.  Please bring back the TV listings
page!!!  I rely HEAVILY on that
page!!!!!
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I agree with you Lori. I bought a TV to watch TV shows on. The only time I go streaming is when I go fly fishing. I don't watch TV on anything else & I never will until they make those devices 60 inches & over so they will look just as good as they do on my Samsung 60 inch plasma TV. Thank you for joining the conversation. Maybe they will get the idea that their so called excuse of low usage is just a dumb excuse for being lazy. I get the feeling that they really have no clue of just how many people actually used the TV guide grid every day. From the number of comments that I have read, their definition of low usage is very different than mine & the official definition that can be found in my Webster Dictionary. For those of you who don't know what a Webster Dictionary is, Google it & look it up on your computer.
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I have seen "low usage" as the reason the TV Listing feature was removed.  I checked the TV Listing every day.

I wonder what the genii in the web development department at IMDB are using as a comparison.  So, the question is "Compared to what?".  The options in the dropdown menu are
Which of the options on the dropdown menu would possibly get more usage than the TV Listing feature?  I don't see anything on the dropdown menu I would rather see than the TV Listing option, especially on a daily basis.
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https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/why-did-you-take-away-the-tv-listings?topic-reply-list%5Bset...

Why did you take away the TV listings?
have seen "low usage" as the reason the TV Listing feature was removed. 
I checked the TV Listing every day.


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https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/why-did-you-take-away-the-tv-listings?topic-reply-list%5Bset...

Why did you take away the TV listings?
have seen "low usage" as the reason the TV Listing feature was removed. 
I checked the TV Listing every day.
I wonder what the genii in the web development department at IMDB are using as a comparison.
So, the question is "Compared to what?". 
The options in the dropdown menu are
•IMDb TV
•Top Rated TV Shows
•Most Popular TV Shows
•DVD & Blu-Ray
Which of the options on the dropdown menu
would possibly get more usage than the TV Listing feature? 
I don't see anything on the dropdown menu
I would rather see than the TV Listing option,
especially on a daily basis.


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I have been using IMDB Tv Listings for quite a while now. It will be missed. However, I might still visit IMDB when I'm looking for info on a movie, but it's unlikely because most PVR, DVR, HTPC software will pull in the movie content without having to open a web browser or search. I highly suspect that if IMDB brings back the TV Listings feature, they, like others, will charge for access. It's really sad to see it go, but there are other options.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled tv grid.

TV Grid - why has it disappeared? Is it going to return to IMDB?
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Real reason? probably there wasn't enough room for advertising on the grid page. So much for IMDB giving - full steam ahead in 'take" mode....I just activated my ad blocker for IMDB
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Yup, I think you're right.  But who's going to see their adverts when nobody has any reason to go there anymore?  Not a very smart move on their part. 
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Zap2It has been talked about here before on this thread

Zap2It has 1 or 2 ads across the page and They seem to be making enuf money for several years

http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do


IMDb TV Grid was done with help of Zap2it

Re: TV Listings 
by - IMDb Help Desk 
2 Jun 2011 03:50:05 PM
Thank you for your message to the IMDb.
U.S. TV schedules are provided by our partner Zap2It


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I've had the TV listings bookmarked and on an open tab on my laptop for years and years. I used it daily - all day usually - especially while I was homebound after my surgery and during my (unrelated to the surgery) knee rehab. I used it to link to IMDb for more info about the show or movie that I was watching almost everyday...and that always lead to my going down the rabbit-hole of clicking throughout the IMDb website looking around at different actors, shows, movies, etc. I have barely been on IMDb since they took down the TV Grid. Plus, the Zap2it link that was provided has since been REMOVED and REPLACED by a different link...I have a feeling that Zap2it's site usage went through the roof once IMDb deleted their grid and they've had to since make major upgrades to servers and traffic support (I am not an IT person, so forgive me for my lack of technical word usage there!). I miss the IMDb TV Grid and it annoys me that they seem to be ignoring people with real needs relating to the grid... Sucks.
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I feel for you too Christine. Like you, I had it open on my computer all day & all night, with just a click to see what was on or to check on an actor that I saw. I'm not an IT person either. When I said I kept it open on my computer, I'm talking about the tab thing at the top. I left it open & ready when I needed to go there while I was on another web site. I wasn't always actively looking at it, but it was just a click away.  Like you I have only been on there 1 or 2 times since they changed our lives. I was on there to check an actor & to also check to see if they brought the grid back.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why did you remove the tv guide, I think it was "on tv tonite"? I used to check i....

Why did you remove the tv guide, I think it was "on tv tonite"? I used to check it out on a pretty much daily basis...absolutely insane for a survey site that does what you do to not have a tv guide
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Your right. Very insane. Very stupid. Very idiotic. A lot of descriptive words fit at the end of this statement. Do they care. Very unlikely!
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From another concerned member. Please return the TV grid listing. Thanks.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back the TV grid.

This was a very helpful and easy to use feature.  Please bring it back!
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Is IMDB still on the air? I don't know.  I thought they were cancelled due to a lack of interest & low viewer usage. I haven't been on the site for about a week & a half now. I only went there to see what was on the TV grid. The site isn't good for anything else.
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Well, "low usage" just became no usage.  I preferred Excite TV's listings but they disappeared last year-- now IMDB also goes poof.  I really miss being able to set up favorites that were highlighted in the grid. Someone is missing a great opportunity for advertising income by providing a programmable TV grid. 
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I have been having pretty good luck with zap2it.com...I set up  my own listings & even saved favorites...it works just fine since IMDB has no idea just how stupid it was to remove the listings,,,they're going to lose a lot of customers over this "brain dead" idea!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Unfortunately the TV Grid feature has intentionally been removed.

Unfortunately the TV Grid feature has intentionally been removed from the site and is no longer available Good Luck! Now you can track why you have low usage? Keep removing features see how low you can go ID10T s
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I hope you rethink your decision to eliminate the television grid. By eliminating this feature my personal activity on IMDb is virtually nonexistent on a daily basis. In the past, I would pass my iPad to my wife before deciding on our tv schedule. Invariably we would also click on adds and look at upcoming movies. We do not look at your site very often anymore.
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Hundreds of millions of IMDb "customers" don't need TV listings (as they almost exclusively use the streaming services of Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Google, HBO and whatever Disney is about to roll out), so to hell with the rest of us. No?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled TV guide.

Is there a TV guide in the IMDb
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled TV schedules.

What happened to the "On Tonight" grid - I can't find it anymore. Help?

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: tv schedule skews to the right.
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IMDB in it's infinite wisdom of what is good for us but is mostly good for them only, took away the TV Guide because they told all of us who were concerned, that the guide had low usage & was a waste of their time to keep up to date. We have been asking them to bring it back but they haven't listened to us. Sorry you found out just now. I have been using Zap2it for my TV listings.
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I use Zap2it too (and it appears to be the best), but it has been behaving strangely lately.
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It has been. When you try to change the time of day or go to another day it says an error has occured or some other response. It doesn't work as good as IMDB did.
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I kept waiting for the TV listings to return but finally asked if they had been moved to the IMDBPro pay side of the site.  I was told they were intentionally removed and directed here for an explanation.  The "explanations" were few and far between but the "low usage" phrase translated to me as that I am part of a subset of users they no longer wish to serve.  I haven't logged in since the forums were removed.  I wonder if my "usage" was even tracked.  I believe I will take the hint to get lost and give Zap2It a try.  I'm guessing they will be more receptive to suggestions for upgrades than IMDB will be to bring back the listings.

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