|If you are like me, you hate searching through the TV
Guide, and you hate to scroll through all 110-or-so channels on your local
cable channel guide channel. Well, now there is a solution. PTVL!
PTVL has two parts. The first, a small client that runs on your
Pocket PC to display the channel listings. The second, is the Guide
PTVL on the Pocket PC
Before running PTVL for the first time, you will want to configure
Guide Scrapper and have it scrape the information and sync it to your
When you run the PTVL client on your Pocket PC, the display goes to the
current time displaying only the channels that you have selected.
From this screen you have several options. You can search for shows,
set reminders for upcoming shows, or view program details. The
application is extremely simple to use, and navigate.
Looking for a special show...run a search. Looking for a
particular category of show (Drama, Documentary, etc.)...run a
search. The search tool in PTVL is invaluable.
Want to know the details of a particular program...hold your stylus on
that program and the menu pops up that allows you to view the Program
Details. Never wonder what a show is about. PTVL brings that
detail right to the palm of your hand.
The PTVL application is fully Skin-able. New 'skins' are be
The Guide Scraper is the real heart of the PTVL application. The
guide scraper is the program that runs on your PC that allows you to
customize what channels you poll and sync to the PTVL application.
The Guide Scraper gets its information right from the TV Guide web site
(http://www.tvguide.com) Look at some of the features that the Guide
Scraper offers you:
- Select only the channels that you watch -- leave out those that have
no value to you.
- Select the times that suit you the best -- I only pull the shows for
the times that I am at home.
- Select to number of future days for which to pull data -- The Guide
Scraper does not run automatically. You have to run it and tell
it to pull the data, so you can se the number of days in advance for
which Guide Scraper will pull information. You can pull up to 7
days of TV Listings.
- Select the Program Details that you want -- I pull TV Guide data to
my Pocket PC for 2pm until 11:30pm. However, I only care about
the Program Detail (description of the show) for the shows that are on
from 6pm until 11:pm. This is just another way that you can
filter how much data is synced to your handheld device.
I use this application all the time. I do not buy the TV Guide --
I use my Pocket PC. Not only do I use this application while at
home, but I use it on the road to. If I know that I am going to be
out of town, I program Guide Scraper to pull the TV Listings from the city
to which I will be traveling. Before I even leave for my trip, I
know what channels all my favorite shows are on.
For more details on the PTVL application, go to http://ptvl.thumbsupsoft.com/.
Here you can take a tour of the PTVL application and download a demo
You can purchase a copy of PTVL at http://ptvl.thumbsupsoft.com/.
The FULL version of the program is just $20.00 -- definitely a great deal
for the money!!!