Alternatives to Data Direct

Alternatives to Data Direct

Postby rkulagow » Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:25 pm

Screen-scrape from TitanTV / Yahoo / Zap2It / TVGuide / TV Station website.

-You're probably going to be violating the Terms of Service for the website that you're scraping. Additionally, what's easy for a single user to do quickly becomes noticed if 5000 users begin to scrape a web page every day. But, you're welcome to create a competing data source: The MythTV and XMLTV projects have both said that they would accept any program information provider as long as it was legal and wasn't violating terms of service.

Use EIT.

-In the USA, EIT data is supposed to contain at least 12 hours of accurate data for the digital stations. Only a few broadcasters provide anything more than that, and some broadcasters don't even provide the legally required EIT data.

Use VBI.

-Most of the scheduling information that's in VBI is encrypted and in order to decrypt it you would need to purchase a license from Gemstar.
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