[mythtv-users] Alternatives to DataDirect?
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Mon Feb 13 22:47:33 UTC 2006
On 02/13/2006 05:32 PM, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2006 at 02:15:29PM -0800, John Biundo wrote:
>> I'm hoping some of the "old timers" around here might take a minute or
>> two to explain the possibilities. If zap2it chooses NOT to restore a
>> full 2 weeks worth of listings, where can we go for alternative sources?
>> What's involved? What are the limitations (i.e., do we lose some
>> program detail, etc.?)
Yes. DataDirect has much better descriptions, and provides much more
data than the old "tv_grab_na" script used to pull from Zap2It's HTML
pages (because the pages didn't contain all the information). Also, for
those who have a couple years of DD data in the database, all previously
recorded shows would likely be "new again" because the descriptions
would not match. Personally, I'm willing to be patient--after all, I've
gotten great data from DD for about 2 years now and they've said they're
working on a solution...
>> In short, now nasty is this alternative?
very nasty--especially when you factor in XMLTV's promise to stop screen
scraping TMS's websites in exchange for DataDirect.
> Well, to recap, that usually only affects you if you have an empty
> database; you *customarily* only grab two days of data per run:
> tomorrow, and 2 weeks from now (the first new day you don't have).
> So it's really only a problem if you're starting up
Or, for everyone if the temporary scale-back lasts longer than 8-10 days
or so (we've been getting about 11-13 days total, and you'll notice when
mfdb tries to pull day @ offset 11 or more, you actually get day @offset
3. They didn't scale back the number of days you could pull, but the
number of days they make available.
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