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Today is a historic day for couch potatoes everywhere, at least ones with Foxtel and a Windows desktop computer.

 

Never miss your favourite TV shows again thanks to the new Foxtel TV Guide Gadget launching today.

The software, developed jointly by Foxtel and Microsoft, makes the Foxtel TV Guide available directly from your PC desktop.

The seemingly simple-to-use application allows you to search for shows by keyword, view program summaries, and create a list of your favourite channels, ensuring you are always up-to-date with your Foxtel shows. Foxtel iQ and iQ2 subscribers have the added benefit of being able to set Reminders and Remote Record programs up to 14 Days in advance, from anywhere in the world.

The Foxtel TV Guide Gadget is available as a desktop application or as a 'Web Slice' through Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) web browser. As a Web Slice within IE8, the Foxtel TV Guide simply sits on your IE8 Favourites Bar and allows you to keep track of that 'slice' of the web throughout your day.

Foxtel Executive Director of Product and Sales, Patrick Delany said, 'With so many people now online for a significant period of time every day, the Foxtel TV Guide Gadget removes the need to search for the Foxtel TV Guide or even type in a URL. The Foxtel TV Guide Gadget is great for quickly searching for a program and recording it - if you're logged on you can search for your favourite show and send a Remote Record request all in a few seconds.'

'The new Foxtel TV Guide Gadget means you are always connected to Foxtel's 14 Day Online Guide and Remote Record functionality, letting you search for your favourite TV shows, program the Foxtel iQ or iQ2, set Reminder Alerts, and many more handy functions,' he said.

For Mac users, a Mac compatible version of the Foxtel TV Guide Gadget is expected to be available in the coming weeks.

The Foxtel TV Guide Gadget is available on any Windows PC running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 as a Desktop Application. For those using Internet Explorer 8 the ability to install the application as a web

To install the Foxtel TV Guide Gadget:

1. Visit http://foxtel.com.au/gadget and click on the appropriate link provided to either install the Gadget as a Web Slice or as a Desktop Application.

2. If you're a Foxtel subscriber and would like to Remote Record to an iQ or iQ2  visit the Foxtel registration page (www.foxtel.com.au/register) to get a username and password if you do not already have one.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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