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Unlocked TV Channels Mods - Sims 3 Seasons: 4-26-2020

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Uploaded: 10th Aug 2009 at 9:03 AM
Updated: 26th Apr 2020 at 10:32 PM - Fixed AM version uploaded

April 26th 2020 - Updated Mod By MiniMimi - April 26th 2020

I have not played Sims 3 in a long time and recently decided to check my mods to see if they needed updating. A player, MiniMimi, updated my mod out of generosity for those of you wishing to use my old mod. You can find the updated version on MiniMiMi's Post #81


Seasons News

The mod is updated with the new Weather TV channel.

Install Notes:

Place the mod into the following folder according to your current operating system:

Windows 7 (all versions including Enterprise):

C:\Users\****\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages

Windows XP (all versions):

C:\Documents and Settings\****\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages


Supernatural News

Minor changes were done to the mods. Nothing new was added to the game object-wise.

Choose either mod to suit your playing style!


Old News:

Compatible with Showtime / Current Patch 1.3x

Sims 3 Pets

There were no new changes in the code for the mod to unlock the TV channels. You can safely use any of the GEN mods to suit your playing style. Look below for further details about the mods.


Sims 3 Generations

Generations introduced an ability to watch home movies and had several TV watching interactions changed to include the following ages allowed to watch TV: toddlers, children, teens, young adults, adults and elders.

What's New:

I modified one of the mods to reduce the Fun increasing advertisement so that the TVs won't advertise too much to Sims with Fun Motives above 50. Sims with 0 Fun motives will watch TV.

Chaavik-UnlockedTVChannelsOnly-GEN only unlocks all of the TV channels. ALL of the channels will be available no matter what traits the Sims have.

Chaavik-UnlockedTVChannelsAndMoreFun-GEN unlocks all of the TV channels and allow Sims to gain Fun watching home movies and TV shows. If the Sims have their Fun motives at 0, they will watch TV or home movies.

Pick either one to install. DO NOT put both of them into your Mods\Packages folder.

Install Instructions:

Place the mod in the following location:


C:\Documents and Settings\****\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages

Vista and Windows 7:

Wherever your mods folder is located under Documents.


Wherever your mods folder is located.

** I do not provide support for installation issues. If you have issues locating your Mods\Packages folders, please visit the Sims 3 forums for technical help. **

Mod Support:

I only provide support for my own mods and not other creators' mods.

Caveat Emptor:

Do not use with other mods modifying the interactions to watch home movies and/or TV channels.


Sims 3 Late Night Information

The new replacement mod, Unlocked TV Channels And More Fun - LN, has minor code changes to be compatible with Late Night.

If you have Late Night as your latest EP, use the LN version!

Sims 3 Ambitions Information

June 6th 2010:

Re-download the AM version please. I found a mistake and fixed it so your Sims can actually watch all/any of the tv channels on their tvs.

The mod has been updated for Ambitions and is labeled as "Unlocked TV Channels And More Fun - AM". AM stands for Ambitions so I can keep track of the mods for specific game versions and expansion packs.

In Soviet Russia, the TV Watch You Group is still alive, sending their grandmothers wearing combat boots after your Sims! No more TV discrimination!

Please check MTS's Sims 3 section for instructions on installing the mods for Sims 3 Ambitions. I do not provide support for your game. I only provide support for my mods. If you have tech questions, post them in their tech forums and not here.

World Adventures Information

The new mod, Unlocked TV Channels And More Fun, retains the original features of the Sims 3 mod with a minor difference. Sims can still gain more Fun from watching TV as well watch any of the channels on all types of TVs: Cheap, Moderate, Wall and Expensive.

The personality requirements and skill levels in a given skill (Cooking, Gardening, Fishing, etc.) no longer affect the channel's availability to watch. For example, a Sim with the Gardening trait will get that channel available at a certain skill level in Gardening, but a Sim without the Gardening trait and no skill in Gardening will not get that channel available to watch.

The install location is for XP users:

C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 World Adventures\Mods\Packages

Vista and Windows 7 users will have to install the mod into the appropriate location for their World Adventures folder. I don't use either Vista or Windows 7. I can't help you with the installation issues, and you'll have to search the Sims 3 forums for help to install your mods.

Unlocked TV Channels And More Fun enables Sims to watch any of the tv shows and gain Fun from watching the shows just like their Sims 2 cousins did.

No more Sim TV Trait discrimination! Anybody can pick up a remote and flip the TV on to watch their show without worrying about the In Soviet Russia TV Watch You Group telling them they can't watch this show or that show without certain traits! Viva Watch TV Freedom!


Unlocked Channels:

Super Shopping Network
Fishing Fracas
Cookin' Cable
Terror TV
Halls of History
Action World
KidZ Zone
Romantic Rendezvous
Got Garden?

*The two Work Out options were already enabled by default.

Affected TVs:

Cheap (The Very Cheap TV With Bad Reception)
Moderate (Next to Cheap Floor Model)
Moderate Flat Screen (Flat Screen Floor Model)
Expensive (Wall Flat Screen)
TV Wall (The Most Expensive Wall TV - About $8000)

These TVs have their distinct own behaviors and interactions.


I modified a number of interactions to boost the Fun motive on the different types of TVs. EA's default Fun values range from 20 to 65. These EA default values did not make significant impact on the Fun motive. Sims could sit for hours to watch TV and not gain any Fun at all. I increased the EA default value to 70 so that the Fun motive could increase visibly to make TV watching worthwhile to have a TV around.

What's Not Modified:

The Cheap TVs still give a negative Bad Reception buff as these TVs should.

Additional Credits:
Peter and Inge Jones crew - Sims 3 Tools
Postal - Going Postal Since Sims 3
The Test Family - Sims 3 Family Volunteers
Paint.NET - Screenshots
MTS - Hosting Sims 2 and Sims 3 content