[mythtv-users] Important: Changes to Metadata lookup in March 2021

Peter Bennett pb.mythtv at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 20:41:35 UTC 2021

This information is in the MythTV wiki at 

  Metadata Lookup Changes March 2021

Important.png <https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/File:Important.png>*Note:*For 
TV series metadata lookup to continue working, you must update as 
described here.

MythTV metadata lookup uses thetvdb.com as source for TV show 
information and artwork. TheTVDB is changing their business model to 
require a subscription payment to use the API. The existing API will be 
shut down around March 2021.

MythTV fixes/31 and master (v32-Pre) have been updated to support two 
new sources. For metadata lookups on TV shows to continue working, you 
need to upgrade your system. To be able to make the new selection, both 
backend and frontend must be upgraded (if you use separate machines for 
backend and frontend).

You can select one of these options in mythfrontend -> setup -> Artwork 
and Data Sources -> Television Metadata Source. You need to change this 
for metadata lookup to continue working. Select one of the following two 

  * *TheMovieDB.org V3 television*. TheMovieDB is used for Movie
    lookups. It can now be used for TV series lookups as well.
  * *TVmaze.com*.

If you have recording rules that have inetref specified as 
ttvdb.py_nnnnn these must be changed or metadata lookups for future 
recordings will fail. Appropriate values are as follows:

  * tmdb3tv.py_nnnnn for lookup of TV series using themoviedb.org.
  * tvmaze.py_nnnnn for lookup of TV series using tvmaze.com.
  * tmdb3.py_nnnnn for lookup of movies using themoviedb.org.

In each case, nnnnn is the inetref for the series or movie at the 
appropriate site. These numbers are different for each site, so you 
cannot just change the prefix.

You can update recording rules from mythfrontend by clearing out the 
inetref field and clicking the search button to search using the source 
that you selected in frontend setup. This does not work with 
mythfrontend on Android.

Note that it is perfectly acceptable to have some rules using 
tmdb3tv.py_nnnnn and some using tvmaze.py_nnnnn at the same time. They 
will be looked up using the appropriate service. If you have some that 
are still using ttvdb, they will continue to work until the old ttvdb 
service is shut down.

If you haveLeanfront <https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Leanfront>on Android 
or on an emulator on a PC, you can search both tvmaze and themoviedb 
without changing the frontend setup. That way you can check for each 
show which service will support it and set up accordingly.

      Ubuntu and Xubuntu Focal (20.04)

If you installed using Ubuntu packages, you can add the ppa and perform 
an upgrade to get the latest version.

      Other distributions

Build from git branch fixes/31 or master, depending on your version.

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