In January 1945, the paper included four TV listings (this was way before cable), and in March 1988, the TV listings began appearing in print form in the paper, with almost 40 channels listed for readers.
“We know that this will be a loss for many of you,” the New York Times wrote to print subscribers in an email this weekend. “But growing numbers of readers are already using their own TVs or other digital resources to inform them of daily schedules and there are now far more shows available any day, any time, on demand.”
The New York Times says it won’t stop covering television as a beat. It will just focus more on streaming options. In print, the Sunday At Home section will include a roundup of streaming options.
Online subscribers will still be able to find recaps of shows and information about new shows that are coming to streaming services. The New York Times will also continue to publish “Watching,” its TV and movie-focused newsletter, which comes out four times per week.
The online edition of the paper also regularly updates lists of the top movies on specific streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+.
But by discontinuing its print listings, the New York Times told subscribers it will “gain vital printing and staffing efficiencies that help support our journalism.”