[mythtv-users] Our Only Option is Schedule Direct?

Craig Partin cpartin at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 22:03:13 UTC 2007

On 9/17/07, Larry Sanderson <larry.sanderson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Craig Partin wrote:
> > On 9/17/07, Larry Sanderson <larry.sanderson at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >> Is our only option to "Pay/Subscribe" to schedule direct.  If so, it
> >> >> looks like switching to comcast's DVR is a "now" worthwhile
> >> >>
> >> >> Am I the only one who is upset about having to pay a monthly fee now
> >> >> to use Myth?  Why is it that every time something worthwhile in the
> >> >> opensource community somehow ends up being forced into a commercial
> >> >> enterprise.  Maybe we could look into how Jbidwatcher gathers it's
> >> >> auction data., by scraping it from the source servers.  It's not
> >> >> particularly efficient or elegant, but programming data doesn't need
> >> >> to be updated very frequently.  We could still use zap2it, just write
> >> >> a scrapper.  Any thoughts?
> >>
> >> This is a good idea - I'm surprised it hasn't been brought up before.
> >>
> >
> > Searching is free.
> As is sarcasm.
> Craig: bottom line is that none of the devs want to deal with the mess
> (both legal and coding) needed to implement screen scraping, but they are
> happy to accept contributions for (legal) alternatives to SD.
> If you only have a handful of shows you watch, then a reasonable
> alternative is to just look up the times on one of the free sources of
> channel data and program MythTV manually.
> I personally would like to see something like a peer-to-peer listings
> framework set up.  It would rely on volunteers to populate the weekly
> shows for the major networks, and then on local volunteers to set up
> episode mathups and modifications for local affiliates.  I really haven't
> thought it through much, but as someone mentioned in another response,
> this is probably best discussed on the XMLTV list.

Why was that directed at me?  I am a perfectly content SD subscriber.
The only thing I am guilty of is trying to inject a little humor.

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