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reven
2005-06-14, 10:59 PM
TVTome.com is no more, that means episode lookup/browse in my videos wont work anymore. it looks like cnet now owns all the info and changed it to "tv.com" with a completely different layout, that means i have to completely rewrite the code to get the episode info (luckily, uni holidays start next week, so it shouldn't take me to long, and i always use this feature so its high priority).

gmorse
2005-06-14, 11:11 PM
ugh, is a rule whenever a website is redesigned, it has to be more convoluted and a less friendly user experience. The style sheet may be better now, but tvtome could have been held up as a model of a streamlined site.

groover km
2005-06-14, 11:16 PM
Reven, just wanna say thanks for the work you put into your plugins. All the 'extras' - grabbing thumbnails, looking up guide info, being able to delete the wife's stuff without getting off my arse (lol) - truly bring a level of added value and professionalism to them.

Now I've got my grovelling out the way, something I have wished for in the past is the ability to look up album reviews from 'My Music' in the same way I can grab info from imdb, etc., in My Videos.

don't know where you'd get it from - one of the larger music mags maybe? - but I think that would be a killer....

Thanks again.

reven
2005-06-14, 11:18 PM
yeah i was going to try and do album stuff for music vids in my vids, but couldnt really find a good source for it.

reven
2005-06-15, 04:06 AM
yes, its a picture.

reven
2005-06-15, 04:33 AM
the database is to small. and i want more info than just cover art.

reven
2005-06-15, 05:32 AM
amazon.com has a much larger and more international database, but the info isnt very good, i want info like music video director etc. i found a couple of sites that had part of what i wanted, but no one master site like imdb.com, so i gave up.

kayleigh
2005-06-15, 07:02 AM
Try this link: Click here (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/detail.gsp?image=http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/60/73/96/60/0060739660752_500X500.jpg&product_id=3921971)

SEE
Http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/60/73/96/60/0060739660752_500X500.jpg
Yep. WalMart is less of an evil. :)

It's too bad good indy web sites are being swallowed up like indy record labels.

I wish there was an easier way to grab from Amazon, too. It's a powerhouse, but at least so far, it's here to stay. I wonder if they make images hard to grab on purpose...

nkh
2005-06-15, 09:32 AM
Doesn't Allmusic.com have the info you're looking for for cd's?

You get a review, album cover, rating, styles and so on.. and composers for the individual tracks. Like this: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:yd9ss36ua39g

The downside is of course that they haven't got info for everything.. like, there're very little info on danish cd's: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jvdgylm4xpnb

But it would work nicely on major releases.

reven
2005-06-15, 10:06 AM
now that looks promising... it passing my hard-to-find artist check (to embarrassed to say what it is :), you guys would laugh), it however doesnt seem to have much on cd singles (which is what i wanted to use for music vids in my videos).

ill try and implement it into my music after i fix my videos, i will only probably do the lookup when a cd is ripped (since most cd rippers grab the album art anyway, most things should already have cover art, and i dont want to add a popup menu to my music).

nkh
2005-06-15, 12:19 PM
ill try and implement it into my music after i fix my videos, i will only probably do the lookup when a cd is ripped (since most cd rippers grab the album art anyway, most things should already have cover art, and i dont want to add a popup menu to my music).

Can't you make some option (black button on the hauppauge remote?) that grabs the info? 'Cos I have already ripped most of my cd's and I don't really want to do it again ;)

It would just be nice to be able to read a bit about the album and see the release date and so on.

reven
2005-06-15, 08:14 PM
Can't you make some option (black button on the hauppauge remote?) that grabs the info?
if i can find a unused button ill probably do this, im cant remember what buttons mymusic uses and doesnt use (ill probably do a resultset like with imdb searches so you can pick the album, wont do best guess, well first found, it might do that for a cd rip thou).

reven
2005-06-19, 04:24 AM
just to let everyone ive started working on tv.com, but the way there have set things up, might make episode lookup impossible (well like 90% failure) so might have to scrap this feature.

ill still be able to do the episode browse, but even that may need to be tweaked every once in awhile (by manually entering a url for the show in a xml file).

early days though, should be out in about a week (of course for me that probably means a 2 days....)

reven
2005-06-19, 01:13 PM
good news :)
i managed to get episode lookup to work (thats the one where you just hit lookup and it returns the info, you dont have to find it in a list, and you can use it in scan mode). for the first episode it will be slower (it has to parser the episode guide, build a list of episodes and their urls, then for every other episode it basically just reuses the table, so infact it should now be faster than before).

im also experimenting with cache control (tv.com generates their pages on the fly, well im pretty sure they do, so the if-modified-since header isnt giving me much joy, so using a 24 hour cache system, where if you downloaded the page in the last 24 hours, it still considered fresh). with this im able to download (just with a cached episode guide) like 22 episodes in about 20-30seconds.

oh by using the episode guide, and not "google im feeling lucky" im gettting like 100% successfull/correct results in episode lookup.

so maybe tv.com wasnt so bad after all :)

well im sick of programming for tonight, i might have a test version out tomorrow.