[mythtv] DataDirect service
turbo at talstar.com
Tue Apr 3 00:32:54 UTC 2007
Bruce J. Markey, where are you? :)
Over the past several weeks, the data feed from DataDirect is
becoming increasingly "generic" and (for
scheduling/dupe-checking/guide-browsing purposes) more and more useless.
On the USA network, my MythTV is set to record previously-unseen
episodes of "Monk". All of the listings for this program in DataDirect
say "A detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder cracks cases."
There is little/no other information. As a result, my MythTV system
routinely records these "generic" episodes, most of which I've already
seen/recorded (back when they were aired and DataDirect gave us data).
Proper episode synopsis and show title/subtitle existed for each of
these on the zap2it listings page.
On the VERSUS channel, my MythTV is set to record "Cycling". As of
late, they're airing various early-season races on Sunday
afternoon/evenings and repeating them on Wednesday afternoons. The
DataDirect service lists only "Cycling" with no other information, and
shows the Sunday timeslot as 17:00-19:00, even when it isn't
(yesterday's showing was from 17:00-18:00; next week's is really airing
at 19:00-21:00) Again, since these are "generic" episodes, my MythTV
system records (all of!) these showings in the given timeslots, even
though the zap2it online listing shows correct/complete listings and
This week (and last, at the least) the primetime listings for NBC are
completely messed up. All of the primetime lineup consists of "generic"
listings with severely out-of-kilter timeslots (8:00-8:40, 8:40-9:15,
9:15-9:50, 9:50-10:20, etc) End result: I hope you're not trying to
record "My Name Is Earl" (I'm not, but that's not the point...)
Bruce, if you're listening (or still reading this)... is there any
insight from your contact(s) at Zap2It regarding the degradation of
service on their DataDirect feed? If not, can you try to obtain some
intel on what's going on?
Failing that, do we need to resurrect the screen-scraper to get the
(more-)accurate listings from their html service?
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