[mythtv-users] tv_grab_au: can't get rex-1.2.4 to work.
mythtv at maxbarry.com
Wed Aug 30 03:12:49 UTC 2006
Here's the situation. The web site that Rex gets data from,
yourtv.com.au, has begun scrambling the start & finish times of shows.
Right next to this code, they've inserted this URL in a comment:
So it's pretty clear this deliberate effort to stop us.
The obfuscation isn't hard to unscramble. However, the fact that they've
bothered to take this step implies that (a) they've noticed, (b) they
care, and (c) they're prepared to do something about it. And while I'd
like to help ensure the continued employment of whomever they've hired
for this job (hello!), I'm pretty sure that would take more time than I
It might be worthwhile to switch to a different data source. I do have
another grabber that uses a different source, and will see if this looks
But from what I hear the best alternative may be OzTivo:
Sorry about the data poisoning -- I should have made Rex not overwrite
data when the new information looks bogus.
P.S. The yourtv.com.au Legal/Copyright page is largely bullshit, as far
as I can tell. It reads like a contract ("The end user agrees...") but
nobody here has a contract with them. And Australian copyright law sure
doesn't give them the right to impose arbitrary limitations on what
we're permitted to do -- if indeed TV guide data is protected by
copyright law at all.
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