[mythtv-users] MythmetadataLookup again

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Wed Nov 16 20:59:34 UTC 2011

On 11/16/2011 15:28, Stefan D wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com 
> <mailto:raymond at wagnerrp.com>> wrote:
>     On 11/16/2011 14:01, Stefan D wrote:
>>     And if i update with episode numbers in the subtitle on
>>     thetvdb.org <http://thetvdb.org>, it would work with this grabber
>>     also. Wont break anything. 
>     Except, that is not the subtitle.  You would be corrupting the
>     database with bad data just to suit your own broken EPG grabber. 
>     You would be making it work for yourself, at the expense of any
>     other Swedish user starting from correct data.
> But first of all, with House as a example, since episode name is empty 
> on every episode on every season in the Swedish translation, it must 
> be impossible for anyone in Sweden to get the correct data? 
> Independent of what source they use.

For the episode in question, the English subtitle was "Family 
Practice".  In Swedish, that might be "Allmänmedicin", or some better 
translation.  Any other subtitle is wrong.  If no EPG providers supply 
correct episode names, then there is not really any good way to resolve 
the issue.

TheTVDb does not actually provide episode name-to-number searching.  
Instead, the ttvdb.py grabber must download the entire series list, and 
perform a fuzzy search internally, based off levenshtein proximity.  As 
a consequence, it is not possible to search on your subtitle, and get 
the correct subtitle back.  Thus, everyone with correct data, either 
from correct EPG data, or manually entered when ripping DVD sets, would 
end up with your incorrect subtitle.  This service is not just used by 
MythTV, but a whole slew of applications that may never even see EPG 
data.  You would be breaking things for everyone, just so your 
particular instance would sort of work.
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