[mythtv-users] I could use some help with Schedules Direct and/or XMLTV

John Veness John.Veness.mythtv at pelago.org.uk
Sat Jun 25 07:11:19 UTC 2016

On June 25, 2016 3:30:56 AM WEST, E James <e_james at dsl.pipex.com> wrote:
>Since last September I have been obtaining schedule information for 21
>UK TV channels with commands like this "wget
>http://xmltv.radiotimes.com/xmltv/2047.dat" but metabroadcast.com has
>now shut down this service. Apparently Schedules Direct may be a
>suitable substitute but I don't understand how to use it. All I need is
>the raw schedule data. I don't need or want to import it into any
>"approved application". I can write Paradox Objectpal code to convert
>the data into a more readable database structure which works well for
>what I need. It's not clear if this is permitted by Schedules Direct.

The file format that radiotimes.com provided (the raw 2047.dat files) was something particular to that site, so you won't be able to get the exact same format from Schedules Direct.

As I understand it, the "rawest" data you can get out of Schedules Direct is in JSON format, but it will take a lot of interpretation and programming.

For you, I think your best bet is to use xmltv tv_grab_sd_json to get the data you want, and work with that. I suggest asking on the xmltv-users mailing list.


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