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    Quote Originally Posted by pBS View Post
    i'm still pissed they don't have guide data inside the atsc streams...

    and there is a kind of show title etc inside the tv signal [my tv picks it up] but it's usually spotty at best..tho that would be the best way to do it and already in use..but techincally challenging because of the lack of signal details...

    [the shows title is inside the 'guard band' data at top of picture..]

    but the decoding details are nowhere to be found and not all shows broadcast it..
    ATSC does carry some show info, but usually only for the current show and the next show, usually to as "now/next".

    Quote Originally Posted by pBS View Post
    i just hope we can find a source that has decently correct data and some of the advanced info like first-shown date etc.. [but not holding my breath]
    Yeah, thats a pretty good point. You're unlikely to get a complete set of data like you currently get with zap2it, so things like duplicate checking etc may not be possible (lack of show identifier codes etc).

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    Would this be enough data?

    Code:
    Show: According to Jim 
    Episode: The Dream
    Season 5,  Episode 12
    
    Episode Description
      Originally Aired: November 15, 2005
      Jim tries to turn Dana's erotic dreams about him around for a profit.
    
    EPISODE CAST AND CREW
    Actors
        James Belushi                             Jim
        Courtney Thorne Smith                     Cheryl
        Kimberly Williams                         Dana
        Larry Joe Campbell                        Andy
        Taylor Atelian                            Ruby
    Directors
        James Belushi                             Director
    Producers
        John Peaslee                              Consulting Producer
        Judd Pillot                               Consulting Producer
        Jonathan Stark                            Executive Producer
        Suzanne Bukinik                           Executive Producer
        Marc Gurvitz                              Executive Producer
    Writers
        Sylvia Green                              Executive Story Editor
        Christopher J Nowak                       Story Editor
        David Feeney                              Writer
        Tracy Newman                              Creator
        Jonathan Stark                            Creator
    Some backend info (personal comments in brackets):
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    duration: 30             [Running time in minute]
    start:    1182468600     [Start time in seconds or minutes (I haven't bothered to calculate from when yet)]
    tribid:   EP4456910115   [No idea what this is]
    epId:     19798          [Episode ID]
    chNum:    9              [Channel number (lineup specific)]
    show:     28530          [Show ID]
    Edit: Almost forgot. Rating and genre for most shows are available too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whurlston View Post
    Would this be enough data?

    Code:
    Show: According to Jim 
    Episode: The Dream
    Season 5,  Episode 12
     
    Episode Description
      Originally Aired: November 15, 2005
      Jim tries to turn Dana's erotic dreams about him around for a profit.
     
    EPISODE CAST AND CREW
    Actors
        James Belushi                             Jim
        Courtney Thorne Smith                     Cheryl
        Kimberly Williams                         Dana
        Larry Joe Campbell                        Andy
        Taylor Atelian                            Ruby
    Directors
        James Belushi                             Director
    Producers
        John Peaslee                              Consulting Producer
        Judd Pillot                               Consulting Producer
        Jonathan Stark                            Executive Producer
        Suzanne Bukinik                           Executive Producer
        Marc Gurvitz                              Executive Producer
    Writers
        Sylvia Green                              Executive Story Editor
        Christopher J Nowak                       Story Editor
        David Feeney                              Writer
        Tracy Newman                              Creator
        Jonathan Stark                            Creator
    Some backend info (personal comments in brackets):
    Code:
    duration: 30             [Running time in minute]
    start:    1182468600     [Start time in seconds or minutes (I haven't bothered to calculate from when yet)]
    tribid:   EP4456910115   [No idea what this is]
    epId:     19798          [Episode ID]
    chNum:    9              [Channel number (lineup specific)]
    show:     28530          [Show ID]
    Yes, most likely, though to translate that into xmltv files you'd need a little more info about the channel, like it's name but I'm guessing you have that also. I suppose it would also depend what channels are available, and how many days are available.

    Where was it from, or would you rather not say yet?

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    tv.yahoo.com

    I'm pretty sure I can write a program to parse the web pages. The downside is that I would need to parse a page for each 2.5 hour block and a page per unique show/episode, so it would take longer to get the guide than a simple data download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whurlston View Post
    tv.yahoo.com

    I'm pretty sure I can write a program to parse the web pages. The downside is that I would need to parse a page for each 2.5 hour block and a page per unique show/episode, so it would take longer to get the guide than a simple data download.
    i suggest you join us over at xmltv and make a nice xmltv grabber
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    Quote Originally Posted by betlit View Post
    i suggest you join us over at xmltv and make a nice xmltv grabber
    I planned to have the output XMLTV compliant since GB-PVR already supports it. The problem was that my Perl is a little rusty So I was going to write it in C#

    Edit: I will take a look at the code for the *na_dd and see if I can modify it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sub View Post
    Yes, most likely, though to translate that into xmltv files you'd need a little more info about the channel, like it's name but I'm guessing you have that also. I suppose it would also depend what channels are available, and how many days are available.

    Where was it from, or would you rather not say yet?
    Sorry sub but I missed your post. Channel info is available as well, at least number and callsign.

    As of this posting (Wed, Jun 20, 3:17AM), I can get data for my lineup through Fri, Jun 22, 7:30PM. So a couple of days at least.

    As I mentioned above, it is from tv.yahoo.com. Once you select the your zip/provider/lineup you can get the data you need to view your listings with one url entry. for example: my listings for Jun 22, 7:00PM would be http://tv.yahoo.com/listings?startti...nd=us_KY16673d

    As you can see, all you need is the headend id and the start time you want. From there, you can parse the rest of the info.

    Edit: I calculated the starttime parameter. It is the number of seconds from 1/1/1970 to GMT (so +4 hours for me... I'm in -5 timezone but on daylight savings so it's actually -4)
    Last edited by whurlston; 2007-06-20 at 08:21 AM. Reason: Time calculated

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    TitanTV (www.titanTV.com) is free, allows you to set up lineups and can be set to 6 hour blocks if that is helpful at all.

    You could also still stick regular zap2it since it does allow viewing of 6 hours as well but no description info.

    We could probably also spoof replayTV or Tivo but they might not like that ;o)

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    Last edited by carpeVideo; 2007-06-20 at 12:30 PM.

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    An old newgroup thread, but might or might not be useful now.

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=3410

    Apparently, TitanTV does have an XML feed. This blog entry might be of use:

    http://eep.pommepause.com/how.html
    Last edited by KingArgyle; 2007-06-20 at 12:48 PM.

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