[mythtv-users] Optional subscription to thetvdb? (was Important: Changes to Metadata lookup in March 2021)

Gary Buhrmaster gary.buhrmaster at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 19:07:16 UTC 2021

On Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 8:06 AM Ian Evans <dheianevans at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just curious though if there's any consideration of allowing Mythtv users to use the paid API in the future, much in the way that we can use Schedules Direct or EIT.

As I recall, the existing code uses an API
key that I think was created (at TheTVDB)
for MythTV and is hardcoded in the
existing script.

So, if someone was so motivated, it
should be possible to utilize a subscriber
specific login (either using the brute force
approach of replacing the key with your
own in the appropriate file(s)), or ideally
adding in some code to optionally check
for and use the appropriate authentication
from a file in CONFDIR (just like certain
other api keys/tokens are looked for there).

If this is an itch someone wishes to scratch
they would hopefully contribute back to
the project after they completed it.  I have
not looked at the code myself for eons,
but suspect this would be easy enough to
be tagged with a "good first issue" for a
new contributor (of course, I admit that
sometimes what seems like it would be
easy turns into a quagmire due to other

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