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Topic # 9869 19-Oct-2006 17:32
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using bladerunner pro 3.5 and xmltvnz i can download and process the data, but mce seems unable to pick it up when going to search the 'internet' for guide data. it just sit there searching.

has anyone else had this problem, and does anyone have a clue on how to fix it?




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  Reply # 49105 19-Oct-2006 18:05
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i had that trouble when I used bladerunner with MCE2005. Which later i gave up as it is very unreliable... so since then, no EPG on MCE.




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  Reply # 49106 19-Oct-2006 18:08
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so you didnt try any other solutions, and now have no epg at all?

:(

i got MCE talking to my sky decoder, so i can set up a recording in mce and it will change the sky channel automatically.... w00t.




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  Reply # 49108 19-Oct-2006 18:32
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If only my DVD Recorder would talk to the Sky box




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  Reply # 49115 19-Oct-2006 19:06
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so i now have a 200GB Panasonic HDD recorder gathering dust.
Its nice having web msn skype etc on the big screen.

I returned the Soprano box, and got a Gigabyte AVPC after all, as the soprano video would lock up, and man, that thing was just too big and loud.

The gigabyte unit was only $1200 too (last one in the store), and is rock solid, quiet, and not flaky to navigate and use like the soprano was. it also came with a mini wireless keyboard with trackball built in - very cool. not the actual MCE one, but nice none the less.




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  Reply # 49123 19-Oct-2006 19:39
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everyone I have spoken to has had issues with the EPG side of things. I have downloaded all of the software but I havent had a go at setting it up yet. Will probably have a go this weekend so will let you know how I get on.

Another option is to book programs using the Sky EPG and then just set your MCE to record at the same times, rather annoying and manual I know but it should work.




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  Reply # 49131 19-Oct-2006 21:02
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I have the epg working perfectly in MCE, follow the instructions on the link, from memory I had to do it a couple of times, you have to follow the instructions exactly. From memory you need an older version of bladerunner. I also download the file from the managemyhome website mentioned on the link instead of running the XMLTVNZ program.

http://www.fastchicken.co.nz/blog/2005/11/16/GettingBladeRunnerProAndXMLTVNZWorkingTogether.aspx

I have not totally automated the process yet though, I have a batch file which automatically downloads the listings file and then I just have to run Bladerunner and then select get lastest listings inside MCE. It is easy to automate just haven't had the time and it is not a hassle at the moment.

Good luck, MCE without EPG is only half the fun.

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  Reply # 49135 19-Oct-2006 21:22
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mule: I have not totally automated the process yet though, I have a batch file which automatically downloads the listings file and then I just have to run Bladerunner and then select get lastest listings inside MCE. It is easy to automate just haven't had the time and it is not a hassle at the moment.

Good luck, MCE without EPG is only half the fun.

Sounds like an awful lot of effort compared to using the EPG in a MySky box...  Cool

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  Reply # 49136 19-Oct-2006 21:28
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Yeah, it is a bit more to get setup, but you can then do a whole lot more than MySky. Especially since MCE integrates so many other features.

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  Reply # 49137 19-Oct-2006 21:35
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mule: ...you can then do a whole lot more than MySky.

Can you record 2 different channels at once?

If guess you could record 2 different Free-to-Air channels at once if you installed 2 TV Tuner Cards, but what about recording 2 different Sky channels?

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  Reply # 49139 19-Oct-2006 21:38
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fair call - I was waiting for that.  Not unless I have 2 decoders.  Maybe if they release a MySky unit with other features such as a DVD player/writer then you will have the perfect solution.  I guess it comes down to what you want the most.

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  Reply # 49141 19-Oct-2006 21:48
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mule: Maybe if they release a MySky unit with other features such as a DVD player/writer then you will have the perfect solution.

Yes, a fair point also.  My initial impression of MySky was that the DVD burner was missing.  For some reason I had assumed this would be included, and when it wasn't, I was a bit disappointed.

Consequently, when we got MySky installed back in January this year, it was with mixed feelings.  I expected to periodically hook the unit up to a DVD burner or VCR so as to archive some piece of programming we might want to keep.

So far, we haven't bothered.  Once it's viewed, then we just hit Delete and move on to the next stored program in the planner.  There's usually more stuff waiting on the Hard Disk than we get around to watching, but at least I no longer miss the few programs I really enjoy such as Top Gear.  There's a good IT program on the BBC called Click, but the EPG never offers the "Series Link" option so I rarely remember to program it for recording.

Top Gear on the other hand records each week like clockwork without me having to remember.  The "Series Link" feature is one of the best things about MySky.  It's blissful  Cool



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  Reply # 49151 20-Oct-2006 01:26
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geekiegeek: Another option is to book programs using the Sky EPG and then just set your MCE to record at the same times, rather annoying and manual I know but it should work.

My MCE automatically switches the sky decoder to the correct channel when a channel is changed manually or automatically on the MCE box. no more booking of sky programs required. Just one booking in MCE.




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  Reply # 49152 20-Oct-2006 01:28
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please keep this thread on topic, its about MCE and EPGs on MCE, not MySky features, which do nothing to help this MCE problem... (if i wanted mysky, i simply would have got it.)




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