[mythtv-users] EPG info to become available for Australia?
jbd at pbptech.com
Sat Jul 7 01:13:53 UTC 2007
I used to used tv_grab_au, but have since moved to using Shepherd. It is
fantstic. I uses several sources and even grabs desriptions from imdb, tv.com
Shepherd provides reliable, high-quality guide data for Australian free-to-
air TV and Pay TV channels by employing a flock of independent grabbers and
Australians have traditionally had two options for acquiring TV guide data:
1. Downloading pre-compiled data from a service like IceTV or OzTivo
2. Using a tv_grab_au script to read data from a web site like
Each method has drawbacks. The quality of pre-compiled data varies, while
tv_grab_au scripts tend to frequently break. Shepherd aims to solve the
traditional problems of tv_grab_au scripts:
1. It employs multiple TV guide grabbers and data sources, switching
between them as necessary when one fails
2. It auto-updates, eliminating the need for users to manually address
---------- Original Message -----------
From: mythtv-users-request at mythtv.org
To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
Sent: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 22:01:56 +0000
Subject: mythtv-users Digest, Vol 52, Issue 19
> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 02:10:21 +1000
> From: Alan Calvert <cal at graggrag.com>
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] EPG info to become available for
> To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
> Message-ID: <468E696D.8050000 at graggrag.com>
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> Bill Williamson wrote:
> > On 7/6/07, *Robert Eden* <rmeden at yahoo.com <mailto:rmeden at yahoo.com>>
> > wrote:
> > On 7/5/2007 7:05 AM, Phill Edwards wrote:
> > > Australian users have a look at this which was posted on the OzTiVo
> > > forum
> > - http://www.freetv.com.au/media/News-Media_Release/2007-
> > <http://www.freetv.com.au/media/News-Media_Release/2007-
> > >
> > XMLTV already has tv_grab_au which can be used with MythTV.
> > tv_grab_au as in default xmltv hasn't worked for years. There are three
> > Australian grabbers out there right now that are useful.
> > The first uses "wiki style" contributed data from tvguide.org.au
> > <http://tvguide.org.au>. Volunteers fill in the data.
> > Another grabber (same code, different config) talks to icetv, a paid-for
> > source of tv data, but it's expensive for what it is and has been quite
> > bad lately.
> > The final grabber is a hybrid grabber which uses the basic free
> > volunteer data from tvguide and then tries to fill in extra data from
> > various sources (screen scrapes, etc).
> > REAL EPG info for australians would be a huge windfall.
> And of course there's shepherd: <http://svn.whuffy.com/index.fcgi/wiki>
> Now there's a _very_ clever body of work.
> > This is also why we're secretly chuckling at the
> > "chickens-with-heads-cut-off" over the whole zap2it problem; we've had
> > the problem since day 1 and have survived, so you guys in the US have
> > nothing to worry about.
> Absolutely! Some of the bleating has been hilarious, not to mention
> the sheer volume and mania of it all. Welcome to the modern world,
> America. Cheers!
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