mikeypnz:EPG is already available for free. The problems are:
What can we do after 31 October
Setup a new back end server for the EPG etc.
Years ago the people were connecting American Series1 TiVo (NTSC Units, using VCRs as a tuner) and got together to make a server system to connect them to. They got the EPG from the individual websites to create the guide. The series 1 TiVo need a specially loaded hard disk from a PC running LINUX to get it working.
I'm sure that it can be done with Tivo 320s. This would require someone to setup a server and create a new TiVo 3 hard disk image. Once going I would be consider looking after one channel EPG and load it into the server.
Then use Facebook group to manage the news releases and get the existing Tivo users onboard. Then sell replacement Hard disks (as is the case now) on trademe, so people can install them. We should be able to get many more years of use out of the TiVos.
I was never involved with the series1 units, but saw it working. Sometimes a channel would stop when when there was a problem but was fixed quickly.
Create a Non Profit organisation (Crowd Funded) to buy the Hybrid Televisions equipment and continue to run it. Possibly there is some way money can be made from the user database and selling streaming video access into TiVos. Possibly a $25 a year subscription to pay for the expenses. The organisation would hold the money, and could change fees up and down if required.
Estimates say there may be 100 000 units running still in NZ.
Mike - 021446800
1. Massaging it into whatever format tivo accepts. Once set up that is a zero effort, automated script.
2. Getting Tivo to load it from somewhere other than a Tivo server. This MAY be as simple as a DNS redirect in your router.
Until someone actually does some basic hacking and sees what the seeries 3 tivo ACTUALLY downloads, and where from, it is all pie in the sky.
I have seen people claim it would take an expensive hosted server to do this. But no one has said how many people a day might be accessing it, and what the daily data volume per customer is. I can say that the daily data amount for the entire freeview channel mix via zipped xmltv is about 180k, or unzipped about 1.6M. (yes it is text data with a lot of repetition so it zips well).
That may well be possible from someone's home server on a good DSL or fibre line.