I've been happily using the tried and tested EPG download process as described in http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=34&TopicId=16290&page_no=1 for the best part of 3 months, with no issues.
Then on 20th of Feb it all fell apart! after some investigation the error occurs at the Bladerunner stage of binning the XML file, whereas previously there was no issue, now I get the bladerunner "Whoops" error with the detail describing null strings in the XML. I'm using this site for the XML "http://epg.pvr.geek.nz/epg/listings-sky.xml.gz".
I had a copy of an old XML download from Jan so I tried to bin that with Bladerunner and it still worked fine (as you'd expect as nothing else has changed - note: windows updates are switched off, system has been stable for over a month) which suggests the file format being downloaded has changed or indeed the interaction with the channelinfo file etc.
I had a look at the file header for any obvious null strings but all looked similar to the Jan xml I had apart from a version number which suggests some sort of update??
I'm certainly no XML guru so maybe it's something obvious? I would have thought anyone else using this setup would also be having issues? let me know if yours is still working fine? or even better let me know if you have any ideas on how i can fix this?!