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Picked upload! Simsky's "Better TV" mod - greatly improves Sims TV habits (updated 2008-06-14)

by Dave Luv Posted 16th Sep 2007 at 10:45 PM - Updated 6th Sep 2008 at 5:32 PM by Dave Luv : This item works in all versions of the game - including Apartment Life :)
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This mod greatly improves Sims TV habits.
* 06/14/2008 - FreeTime update #2 *

Use the "Simsky_Mod_BetterTV_Freetime.package" file if you have Freetime (or Apartment Life or a newer EP); use the "Simsky_Mod_BetterTV.package" file for older EPs (base game until Bon Voyage).

Residential lots / Vacation hotels (BV) / Apartments (AL): Sims will turn the TV off right away after they finish working out or watching it (even from the bed or the john), unless another Sim is watching it (but if the Sim is a rude person, he/she will do it anyway ;o).

Commercial lots: Sims will NOT turn the TV off when they are done, whether or not another Sim is watching, greatly improving game play on lots where TVs need to stay on all the time - movie theaters (with giant TV screens), electronics stores that sell TVs, sports bars that have plasma TVs, etc.

However, the option remains for the players to direct Sims to turn off TVs on commercial lots, if they wish.

OFB lots:
Residential Shops / Shop open: After watching TV or working out with it, Sims will not turn off the TV, unless you command them to do it.
Residential Shops / Shop closed: Sims will always turn off the TV after watching or working out (unless another Sim is watching it).
Electrono-Ticket Machine Home Shops: remember to buy an Open/Closed sign to be able to close your shop.

Owned Community Shops: Sims will never autonomously turn the TV off when their Energy is low on community lots, may the shop be open or closed.


Compatibility: This item works in all versions of the game - including Apartment Life .



Created by Simsky (Simsky.parsimonious.org) on Lily Whyte's request.


Note: This mod changes TV semi-global routines. It should not be used together with similar global mods such as Numenor's "Turn Off TV Fix" as there would be a conflict. You won't need other "TV off" mods when ours is in the game .

Maxis "introduced" many TV-related bugs in FreeTime - e.g. movies listed twice in the TV menu when watching it from bed. These bugs are not related to this mod and can be fixed by the FreeTime patch from Maxis.

Installation: Extract the .package file from the archive to Downloads / Simsky

Use the "Simsky_Mod_BetterTV_Freetime.package" file if you have Freetime (or Apartment Life or a newer EP); use the "Simsky_Mod_BetterTV.package" file for older EPs (base game until Bon Voyage).

If you already have an older version, just replace the existing package file with the new one.

To uninstall: Simply remove the package file.


Typical use - a movie theater:



Thanks to Lily Whyte for the idea + testing and to Minimimi for testing.
The 1800 + 5750 + 1750 downloads on the counter are history after uploading the new versions
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Simsky_Mod_BetterTV.zip 5.2 KB 11,802 14th Jun 2008
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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