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TV Guide Acquires Popular TV DVD Site

15 Feb, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Gemstar-TV Guide International, publisher of venerable TV Guide magazine, Feb. 15 announced it had acquired popular fan site TVShowsOnDVD.com and two other TV-focused sites.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

TV Guide acquired the site and TV-Now.com, FansofRealityTV.com and select assets of eVoke Inc. in an effort to broaden the online reach of its Web site TVGuide.com.

The acquired sites, including JumpTheShark.com, have about 1 million combined unique visitors per month, according to Nielsen Net Ratings. TVGuide.com had 3.6 million unique visitors as of Dec. 31.

New York-based TV Guide Feb. 28 will re-launch JumpTheShark, a fan site dedicated to chronicling the downward spirals of TV shows, which it acquired last year.

For Gord Lacey, founder of five-year-old Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based TVShowsOnDVD.com, the acquisition is a dream come true.

“It means I won't have to do the menial things anymore,” said Lacey. “It also means I have a boss now.”

Lacey, a frequent contributor to Home Media Magazine, said his site fills a void about the profitable TV DVD genre at TV Guide, which he said has primarily focused on TV programming and not DVD.

TVShowsOnDVD is often seen by studios looking to release catalog material on DVD as a must-view to measure fan-desired bonus material, favorite episodes and related cult gripes and banter.

The site provides news, information and community surrounding TV DVD and showcases a database of more than 6,000 DVD sets featuring 1,000 TV shows.

TVShowsOnDVD was credited with bringing 20th Century Fox Television's 24 to DVD, which in turn helped jumpstart the TV DVD genre.

“I view [the acquisition] as a way to get my voice heard even more,” said Lacey.

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