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TCL's new TV Guide is LIVE!

, posted: 12-Oct-2006 17:04

Just got an email from TCL about the upcoming week of screening and what-not. In the news update is also an announcement of the new TV Guide. Now, if only TelstraClear also offer this in RSS or even in XML! That'll be great! With the option to use querystring to request the specific channel(s) and time and date. Imagine getting RSS feed of the channels and time-range that you want. Also, imagine the use of XML onto Windows MCE's EPG!!!!! I hope TelstraClear can see this benefit. If they worried about the data being stolen, then perhaps they can give the requested customers a token or something to keep and be included in the XML/RSS request, so TCL will know who been requesting the data. Or tie in together with their online services with username/password authentication! I do hope this can happen! PLEASE TELSTRACLEAR READ THIS! AND REALISE THIS!





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Comment by sbiddle, on 12-Oct-2006 17:43

I can't see any hope of a legitimate XMLTV EPG feed in NZ at any time in the near future. The networks all seem to regard this info a highly classified information and charge big $$ for it.

If you want an XML feed for your MCE / GB-PVR or MythTV box then just use xmltvnz from www.reven.co.nz which acts as a scraper from the various websites and creates an XMLTV file.


Author's note by chiefie, on 12-Oct-2006 17:54

i have tried, it doesn't work as consistently as i wanted, so i ended up abandon it!


Comment by freitasm, on 12-Oct-2006 18:54

Consider a programming grid high value information is out-of-this-world... I don't watch TV, unless I know something interesting is going on. And I don't know what's going on since I don't watch TV.

Give me EPG and I might consider watching TV.


Comment by juha, on 12-Oct-2006 19:01

Heh... Mauricio: you too?


Comment by freitasm, on 12-Oct-2006 19:15

TelstraClear offers the grid on channel 64. Not very user-friendly and completly non-integrated with my home network.

 


Author's note by chiefie, on 12-Oct-2006 19:19

You're not on digital tv service yet, are you? the new digital software update seems to make the decoder to be more responsive. I wonder whether the update is to prepare for their new tv guide launch or not? if this is so, i might speculate that the digital decoder epg gets its data from TCL's tv guide?


Comment by sbiddle, on 12-Oct-2006 21:22

I've used XMLTVNZ for months with my PVR and have had no troubles at all. Just pays to keep up to date with the updates when the websites change.


Comment by sbiddle, on 12-Oct-2006 21:29

There are a couple of XMLTV viewers for the PPC and Windows. You can run xmltvnz to grab the data and sync it with your PPC.


Comment by psycik, on 13-Oct-2006 13:21

I use xmltvnz as well, without too many problems, and considering the alternatives: mr.geek.nz had a feed coming from somewhere else - I'm guessing a satelite feed, and was given a cease and desist letter, hairy.geek.nz that feed seems to have dried up.  So it's about the only option. 

I too wish one of these companies would provide a decent feed of the programs, I mean it makes us watch the tv, and isn't that the name of the game??

Chieftie, had thought that as well, but their feed is generally only about 2 days worth - bring on the American system of 14 days worth of info, would make scheduling much easier!!!


Comment by psycik, on 13-Oct-2006 13:43

Hmm, just had a look at their guide....does anyone notice any comparison with mythweb, the MythTv Web interface???


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