[mythtv-users] tv guide line-up free

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Tue Sep 4 19:25:59 UTC 2007

On Sep 4, 2007, at 12:13 PM, Robert Current wrote:

>> Please let us all know if you have a free, easy, reliable way to get
>> accurate listing info into MythTV and I'm sure we will all use it.
>> Then SchedulesDirect can dissolve and the people who make up that
>> team will not have to worry about putting so much of their personal
>> time and effort into a project that is making zero profit.
> Hello?  I did, several times, point to free data sources.
> I don't need it, I don't use Direct Data any more.  I didn't have the
> time to mess with it, and still don't.  Someone asked if there was
> another source, I mentioned it.
> I answered the question "can data be obtained freely" and I said yes,
> and gave very clear examples.
> That reply sounded like confirmation that you refused to even
> acknowledge it was there, did you even look at the existing data?  If
> you want the data, it's there, I pointed to it.  If you don't, don't
> get mad and me for not writing the program you need to use it.  I
> don't need it, I don't have time, and I really don't care, why should
> I write it for you?
> Don't get upset because someone answered part of the question.  Data
> is available, good quality data, in XML format.  The rest is up to
> someone with more free time that needs a solution more than I do.

I'm not upset. I even said please. I looked at the TitanTV forum link  
you sent. It gave a bunch of instructions on how to use it with  
Windows and I got scared. Then I just went to TitanTV directly and  
had a flash-back of all the previous problems screen-scraping with  
TMS data. I got even more scared and then remembered I pay $5/month  
to not deal with it.

My point is that most people on the MythTV Users list are not going  
to spend the time it takes to write a new scraper. Certainly not the  
time it takes to maintain one when the source page changes.  
Therefore, the only truly supported method in the US right now is  
SchedulesDirect. When someone steps up and makes TitanTV listings as  
easy, people will start using it.

People assume because it's not handed to them, it's not available.  
Does anyone know how TitanTV feels about MythTV users scraping their  
listings and using them for free?

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