[mythtv-users] Supporting schedulesdirect.org

Brett Kosinski fancypantalons at gmail.com
Sat Aug 4 15:04:08 UTC 2007

> > I sprung for my first mythtv system (separate backend/frontend, 3 tuner,
> > 1 TB...about $1200) and got it up and running literally weeks before the
> > zap2it announcement.  Just gotta hope for the best at this point.
> >
> > Tom
> >
> Guys...it's the end of zap2it, not the end of the world. Welcome to the
> kind of
> service that mythtv users in other parts of the world are used to.

The difference, though, is that other parts of the world have adapted to
this reality, and have working scraper solutions, over-the-air guide data,
etc.  Here in NA, we've grown completely dependent on zap2it, and with no
other source of guide data available (AFAIK, the NA xmltv scrapers have all
fallen into disrepair), we're looking at our systems becoming completely
unusable for recording television, which was the whole reason I built my
Myth system. :)

Now, normally, I wouldn't worry too much... the community is, after all,
pretty ingenious.  However, as has been said before, because of this
Schedules Direct business, no one (to my knowledge) has worked to revive or
rewrite any of the xmltv scrapers, expecting the devs to come up with a
workable solution.  But, here we are, with under a month left (about 6 weeks
until my schedule data will run out), and we've heard nothing... so you'll
forgive us for being a little concerned.

Incidentally, if anyone *is* working on developing a new NA scraper, I'd
love to hear about it.  Otherwise, I might consider hacking one up for my
system, in case Schedules Direct gets delayed, has issues, or doesn't pan
out (given the magnitude and complexity of such a project, I'd be surprised
if it worked perfectly straight out of the gate).

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