[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] Royalty-free UK TV listings e-petition

David Watkins watkinshome at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 08:44:09 UTC 2007

On 30/03/07, Terry Burton <tez at terryburton.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> This e-petition could especially benefit any of the UK users on this
> list. They will have noticed that many of the electronic program
> guides voluntarily provided for the free PVR community back certain
> channels due to royalty complications enshrined by UK law.

I understood that the current legislation compelled the Radio Times to
publish the information for personal use free of charge, and prevents
other organisations publishing it without a license.  Actually that
suits my mythtv use perfectly in that:

a)  It provides the information freely.
b)  It puts all the information in one place.

I realise that if radio times are not listing certain channels then
that's a problem.  What channels aren't they listing?

I can't argue with the words in the petition but it seems to me that,
at the moment we've got an excellent xmltv listing for free, and
opening the market up may in fact lead to commercialising it.

Just my view.

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