[mythtv-users] UK xmltv grabber is working again!

Prash prashk at staff.btltd.net
Sat Oct 2 07:54:08 EDT 2004

This is fantastic. They have been really helpful. I wonder if we should
offer to mirror data to reduce load on their servers. (may have to check
legal implications). After all they are providing data free of cost.

I guess all the emails we sent to them did the trick!

> Julian Edwards wrote:
>> Just did an apt-get upgrade and noticed the xmltv grabbers were
>> updated.  I had a quick look at the tv_grab_uk_rt code and noticed it's
>> been re-written to use a real xml feed from the Radio Times website.
>> We now get a real feed with a full blown categories, actors, the lot,
>> AND it only takes a few minutes to download.  Yay!
>> Big kudos to all the xmltv folks and the Radio Times for getting this
>> working.
> RadioTimes have been great about this. They cut off the last grabber by
> rejecting the user agent IDs. I thought this is it, and I'm gonna have to
> look
> for a new grabber. But they instead gave us access to their raw files e.g.
> http://xmltv.radiotimes.com/xmltv/channels.dat
> http://xmltv.radiotimes.com/xmltv/45.dat
> You may notice the data is all in one big lump for the next 14 days so you
> only
> need to fetch it once.
> You may have to change the lines in your daily grab cron job from letting
> mythfilldatabase decide which days to fetch to just importing the the file
> (otherwise it will fetch the same data several times).
> From:
> /usr/bin/mythfilldatabase --update --graboptions "--slow
> --get-categories"&
> To:
> /usr/bin/tv_grab_uk_rt --config-file /root/.mythtv/uk_rt.xmltv\
> 	|/usr/bin/mythfilldatabase --update --file 1 -1 -
> --
>          Charlie Brej
> APT Group, Dept. Computer Science, University of Manchester
> Web: http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~brejc8/ Tel: +44 161 275 6844
> Mail: IT302, Manchester University, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
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