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TV Countdown
May 3rd, 2007

Behold! TV Countdown has been officially released. It’s a nifty little companion to TV Forecast that counts down to the next episode of a TV show. It features timezone correction meaning that it will account for the difference between your timezone and Eastern Time. Be warned, however – www.tv.com includes some TV shows that aren’t from the US. Unfortunately these shows aren’t labelled as such and are therefore not supported by TV Countdown.

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  • Magnus Enk — 2:56 am on 8.5.2007

    Hi,

    nice Widget. There just seem to be a small problem – when clicking a show name or episode, it opens the link several times. Well, thats what happens to me anyway, with Firefox as default browser.

  • Matt Comi — 10:27 am on 8.5.2007

    Thanks Magnus, I’ll look into that.

  • Kenn Fong — 4:36 am on 9.5.2007

    On Apple.com, it says:

    “**TV Countdown will automatically adjust the countdown timer to Eastern Time** so that no matter where you are – as soon as an episode goes to air, you’ll know about it.”

    Is there any way I could adust it to my local time, which is pacific time?

    It looks handy, and I’d use it for four or five different programs if I knew I could have this in my local time.

    Cheers, kenny

  • I’m also having the same problem as Kenny.

    It’s still setting my times to EST.

    Thanks, Ted.

  • The shows I’m looking for aren’t listed. What can I do?

  • Matt Comi — 11:28 am on 10.5.2007

    Lewis: Are they in syndication? TV Countdown and TV Forecast only track shows that are still in production.

    Ted: This is an oversight in version 1.0 – I understand that eastern and pacific shows air at the same time though not simultaneously… if that makes any sense. So essentially what you need to do is disable timezone correction.

    I will add the ability to do this in version 1.1 but if you would like to do this now – it is reasonably straight forward.

    Open tv.js in your favorite text editor.

    On line 61, you will find:

    timezone_offset = timezoneDifference(”, ‘America/New_York’);

    Replace this line with:

    timezone_offset = 0;

    This is just a fix for people on the west coast – please don’t make the change unless you are experiencing problems with the countdown.

  • Thanks for the fast replay Matt!

    Worked perfectly.

    -Ted

  • I noticed each week LOST is displayed, the time of the show is off by an hour, according to EST. Lost comes on at 10:00 PM on the East Coast. It is shows as 9:00 PM on the Guide. Can that be fixed. Perhaps widget could have a section for folks to set according to their time-zone.

    ALSO noticed American Idol is off by an hour. Comes on at 9:00PM on East Coast on Wednesdays. Guide has it at 8:00PM.

    Thanks!