Locate TV: a new way to find your favorite shows


As I am prone to do, I was

wandering around the Web over the weekend and came across a great tool

to find out what’s playing on TV. No, it’s not TV Guide. Although

now that I’ve mentioned TV Guide, I have an excuse to post this.

Best. TV Guide. Cover. Ever.

Pictures like that are why I continue to buy TV Guide even though

its channel listings are too small to read.

With LocateTV, which launched its public Beta version

in October, my aging vision is not a problem. And it’s a lot of fun

to play with. The site describes itself well:

“The idea behind LocateTV

is simple — to let you find TV shows available where you live in the

world, be they on broadcast TV, online or on recorded media (DVD, HD-DVD


You can search by title, actor

or category — sort of like TiVo, but free. I was in the mood for Jodie

yesterday (as if I’m not always in the mood for Jodie) so I entered

Jodie Foster.” Um, I mean I put her name in the search

box. Her directorial debut, Little Man Tate, was showing at 3:15

p.m. CST on Encore.

Even better, I learned that

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, an early Foster film that

I don’t remember seeing, is on at 3 a.m. Wednesday on TCM. Recorder


Happen to have a Jodie Foster

site and want to alert your readers about upcoming TV appearances? Just

click “embed” and voila! A widget.

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane at LocateTV.com

The widgets update with the

schedule, so you know which episode of your favorite series is coming

up. Next L Word?

The L Word at LocateTV.com

Oh, wait — an excuse to post

an L Word picture. Just pretend Papi isn’t there.

So far, the online links go

only to paid downloads, but streaming sites (the legal ones) are on

their way. Genre searches could use some work — a search for Christmas

shows got mixed results. Right now, only three countries are

represented, but that will expand in the future. You can keep up with

upgrades on the LocateTV


As the networks run out of

new episodes as a result of the writers’ strike, LocateTV will be especially

useful. I’m keeping tabs on Gossip Girl, so I can start from the beginning and eventually catch up with all the cool lesbians.

What about you? What shows

are you glad to find? Any interesting search results?

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