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Thursday, January 11, 2007

TV Guide goes digital

TV Guide has joined the majority of television shows it writes about--and gone digital.
The digital edition of TV Guide was launched earlier this week by electronic publisher Zinio Systems, adding the title to a list of more than 400 magazines that the company now sells and distributes worldwide.
TV Guide's digital version contains all of the magazine's print elements, including celebrity coverage, program reviews and recommendations. The magazine also covers trends in the TV landscape and gives readers behind-the-scenes looks at broadcast, cable and syndicated shows, and new DVDs.
Since switching its format from digest-form to full-size and cutting its base ad rate by two-thirds, TV Guide has seen its circulation tumble almost 60% to roughly 3.8 million. But Zinio's president and CEO Rich Maggiotto says the digital version's immediacy will please the magazine's readers. "I believe our readers will love the features and functionality that are available in this new medium," adds Ian Birch, editor in chief of TV Guide and chief content officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International.
"With TV Guide's digital edition, readers will be able to have a truly interactive experience with the magazine," Maggiotto says. "The availability of this insightful content in a digital format will allow for up-to-date information and news about the shows and stars covered in their articles."

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