[mythtv] Category vs Genre

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Sun Feb 8 02:32:33 UTC 2009

On 02/07/2009 08:42 PM, Jean-Yves Avenard wrote:
> As you stated, this is not an enhancement request as I thought this
> would be a good way to contribute to this project without being
> knocked back like I did with the VDPAU backport on 0.21
> I have already worked on the existing python scripts to retrieve data
> from IMDb and posted those results on trac
> http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/ticket/6219
> Now I want to go an extra step and make those scripts work outside
> mythtv so they properly fill all the metadata field ; currently they
> do not.

Since the IMDb TOS prohibits functionality provided by imdb.pl and all 
direct use of IMDb will be gone for 0.22 ( 
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/dev/356963#356963 ), and 
(AFAIUI) the only use of IMDb data will be through imdbpy with a copies 
of their database ( 
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/317352#317352 ) so it 
won't hit IMDb's site, you might get more responses if you were working 
on the TMDb script.  ;)

Plus tons of discussion you can find by searching the archives for 
"tmdb", including, how tomake it work with 0.21-fixes:
(where "copy the Mythtv directory" means you need both 
mythplugins/mythvideo/mythvideo/scripts/tmdb.pl and 
mythplugins/mythvideo/mythvideo/scripts/MythTV/ and its contents).

Python or Perl makes no difference to me--if you feel there's a reason 
to make a new Python implementation of the TMDb grabber, fine--but I 
won't ever use "all your contribution are belong to us" IMDb, even with 
the hard-to-use approach that doesn't break their TOS.  Personally, I'd 
be much more excited to help*** if you were working on a script "with a 

Just a point to consider before digging too deep into the IMDb stuff.


***Helping, in my case, would involve a lot of digging around to get 
information--so I'm not just holding out on you refusing to provide info 
I already have.

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