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  Reply # 309462 20-Mar-2010 23:18
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Hi Guys,

Just sort of jumping in on the band wagon here. Its taken me til tonight to realise the EPG isnt up and running anymore and obviously this post has been discussing why.

I did find here on geek zone some one had mention Freeview supply the guided information. But it needed to be transfered into an xml file.

Well I wished I could remember where this info was posted, but any way they also mentioned a programe they used to do the conversion. Well I down loaded the program ant ir dosw work well. It downloads the file an names it freeview.xml. I found in the config I could tell it to rename the file as tvguide.xml which is great.

I've dumped the programme into my medai portal tv server folder and set up  a schedule for it to run every day. So far so good. Excuse the ramblings as a couple of beverages may blurred some of the finer points but hopefully what I've found will help others.

Cheers

Jace

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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 309468 20-Mar-2010 23:36
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http://vangelder.orcon.net.nz/files/FreeviewToXMLTV.zip

Ahh here it is.

Open the config file and change the freeview.xml part to tvguide.xml and dump all four files into media portal.

Setupo a schedule on FreeviewToXMLTV.exe and your done.

Good luck :)



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  Reply # 309497 21-Mar-2010 11:29
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uploaded v3.1 of xmltvnz to google code
http://code.google.com/p/xmltvnz
which now supports rss feeds for automatic updates (user configurable location of rss feed)

there is no configuration file (other than a dummy sample) hosted there, you will have to find it yourself.

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  Reply # 309522 21-Mar-2010 15:04
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Thanks Reven. For all the work prior to this and getting everything sorted for us unwashed masses and for uploading the 3.1 code to googlecode for us to work with.

Now, you'll have to excuse my ignorance but could you (or someone else) explain the rss feed side of things? What will it let me have/do that a scheduled task doesn't let me do now?

Chur.



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  Reply # 309523 21-Mar-2010 15:09
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an rss feed replaces the webservice automatic update i use to host.

you can point it to an rss feed that lists configuration file updates to automatically update the configuration file if a change occurs.

currently there are now rss feeds online, but i've put an example of what a rss feed needs to look like on the wiki on the google code page.

and then you just need to edit the xmltvnz.exe.config file and set the rssfeed url in there.

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Ultimate Geek


  Reply # 309528 21-Mar-2010 15:42
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Looks like a cool little program. You have done well!



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  Reply # 309536 21-Mar-2010 16:20
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the code could do with a refactor

the gbpvrlibrary(also on google code) has better refactored code, which does basically the same thing. its way more generic though, as you can specify the attributes used inside the xml config file. i took basically the idea behind xmltvnz and put it into the gbpvrlibrary metadata project.

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  Reply # 309570 21-Mar-2010 18:16
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reven: currently there are now rss feeds online ...

Before anyone starts searching for them, I believe that should read:
"currently there are NO rss feeds online"

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  Reply # 309577 21-Mar-2010 18:40
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reven: the code could do with a refactor

spoken like a true developer - always critical of their own code.



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  Reply # 309608 21-Mar-2010 20:24
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Deev8:
reven: currently there are now rss feeds online ...

Before anyone starts searching for them, I believe that should read:
"currently there are NO rss feeds online"

yeah that was a typo (wife was rushing me out the door :)), but ive just been informed there is one online now (i wont post it, the host will be posting the url shortly).

and the refactor thing, ive got a nasty habit (as do most developers) of writing the code before i've actually decided what i want it to do.  i make it up as i go along (getting better at this), so when xmltvnz v3 was written, i was desigining as i went.  hence the mess.  when i wrote the gbpvr library metadata code, i knew what i wanted it to do and that code actually came out really nice.... really really nice actually.

so if someone ever wanted to rework xmltvnz for another project, i would suggest using the gbpvrlibrary instead.



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  Reply # 309709 22-Mar-2010 09:07
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here a quote someone on my forum

fr3ak: I am hosting the xmlTVNZmarkers.xml file independently of reven and this sitem at xmltvnz.4hydra.com. There is also an rss feed for you to get channel setting updates as they come out. Please set your rss feed to check the settings a maximum of once per day so it doesn't use excessive amounts of bandwidth. That is all :)


fyi: he's a third party and i have no affiliation with him, i dont know his real name or anything. all i know he's somewhere in sweden

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  Reply # 309724 22-Mar-2010 09:58
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Here is a newspaper item regarding pending court action.

The outcome of this case is likely to have a great deal of influence as to whether Sky TV is correct in its assertion that third parties providing programming information without its permission are breaking copyright.

Item about court action on www.stuff.co.nz




Obsequious hypocrite

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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 309733 22-Mar-2010 10:39
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If you recognise my username from another website, yes I'm the same one. I'd prefer if you don't post any guesses or other identifying info just to keep the game interesting. I am hosting the xmlTVNZMarkers.xml file and have setup an rss feed for it at xmltvnz.4hydra.com. Sky, please come find me in Sweden, guess what, it's legal here.

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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 309735 22-Mar-2010 10:44
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Who will be affected by this take down notice?

 

Reven, of course,. but also the PC home theatre community.  In particular the people that want to watch Sky on there PC’s.  These people are all paying customers of Sky and hand money over to Sky every month for there decoder box. 


Well done sky!  Go ahead and bite the hand that feeds you.  I think that it is very unlikely that these customers will want to ditch there home theatre systems and buy a my-Sky box.


So what has Sky managed to achieve? They threatened Reven and pissed off many of there paying customers.



We see more of this all the time now.  Big company’s treating there customers like they are all criminals.  One day they might realise that without customers they won’t have a business.

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  Reply # 309736 22-Mar-2010 10:46
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ObidiahSlope: Here is a newspaper item regarding pending court action.

The outcome of this case is likely to have a great deal of influence as to whether Sky TV is correct in its assertion that third parties providing programming information without its permission are breaking copyright.

Item about court action on www.stuff.co.nz


This is a very cool article with the pending court case will having far reaching effects for New Zealand. The article mentioned the IceTV case in Australia, and this actually prompted me to take a look at the IceTV website and take a look at their offerings.

I asked myself if I'd pay $99 / year for EPG??? The short answer yes, I probably would. However there is a slight difference between their offering and what we are discussing. IceTV offers only free-to-air channels, not EPG for Australia's equivalent of Sky (is this Optus?)

Perhaps this is not a slam-dunk like we all think?




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