Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



689 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 21


Topic # 68726 27-Sep-2010 12:12 Send private message

All,

 

As a Telecom landline customer I recently purchased a TIVO for the bedroom (I already have a HTPC PC in the lounge so I am familiar with EPG streams and have both DVB-T and DVB-S cards to 'fix' this for Freeview|HD) and I already knew about the EPG 'issue' with Prime and Maori, however now I have the unit I have been putting some thought into this.

 

The way I see it, with the TIVO getting the EPG data over the Internet, why cannot we/someone not intercept/append this request and fill in the blanks for the missing guide data?

 

I cannot image the EPG data would be encrypted, and would hope that it would be in some standard format (XML maybe) and that with a simple intercept and update the missing data could be added to the stream.

 

I would expect something like Wire-shark should reveal a lot about this communication, however I haven't used it much.

 

I would also guess (but I could be wrong) that a local DNS server with specific entries could trick the TIVO into getting its data from another, local, source.  This idea was used at one time to trick Windows Product Activation into thinking it was talking to Microsoft servers.

 

Has anybody already done any of this work? I find it hard to believe I am the first to think about it.  What, if anything, do people know about the TIVO guide data?



The EPG Collector project collects all the guide data and that could be used as a source (that's a big guess though).
 

Would anyone be interested in helping out with such a project?

 

I know there are legal ‘things’ around the EPG data itself, but that’s another argument – all I am trying to figure out is it possible? There would be no issues if dummy entries where added to the EPG to prove it works.

Create new topic
19268 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1145

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 384911 27-Sep-2010 13:07 Send private message

My understanding is Tivo encrypt their EPG data.


Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

New Mobile plans coming?
Created by nunasdream, last reply by old3eyes on 31-Jul-2014 12:53 (48 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Checking UHF aerial is working
Created by OnceBitten, last reply by B1GGLZ on 28-Jul-2014 21:49 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Does acupuncture work?
Created by timmmay, last reply by Bung on 31-Jul-2014 12:02 (39 replies)
Pages... 2 3


2010 Honda Jazz, Suzuki Swift - which has higher maintenance cost?
Created by joker97, last reply by jonathan18 on 31-Jul-2014 10:47 (76 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


Hierarchy of a mistake: Gerry Brownlee
Created by joker97, last reply by DonGould on 29-Jul-2014 21:57 (93 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


2 x PS4s to give away. Geekzone members only.
Created by BigPipeNZ, last reply by sidefx on 31-Jul-2014 13:10 (70 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


"keyless" keys - questions
Created by joker97, last reply by MadEngineer on 30-Jul-2014 22:02 (35 replies)
Pages... 2 3


VF, why you lie to me?
Created by kenkeniff, last reply by kenkeniff on 31-Jul-2014 11:07 (62 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.