hockey wrote:MY LIFE IS ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE COST OF TV LISTINGS AND I MUST COMPLAIN ABOUT IT ON THE INTERNETS!!!
I can't speak for others but for me Zap2It Labs seemed a bit like a skunkworks effort to bring the info in an open way (eg. XML) to the "little guy". Being one of those, that was important.
Schedules Direct enjoys a tenuous and highly-constrained relationship with its aggregator, TMS. You may think this entire thread is a waste of time. Exploring how to bring about a less precarious environment for all Open Source users is also important.
So, be real. It's easy to use the "on the internets" meme. Have you actually thought about what happens *when*
TMS decides that their basic inflow is adversely affected by their agreements with third parties (two of which I know of at this time - that means we all get judged by association)? I would bet that SD contract can be canceled at any time TMS chooses. I hope I'm wrong about that. Since SD has extended our subscriptions to a year I take it they have at least that in a contract but do not expect the term is much longer. Again, I hope I'm wrong about that. And despite any contractual terms, could SD afford to fight if TMS just cancels? That's the nature of our involvement.
I hoped others would see that it was a core business need of SD to assure that the info flowed freely to them. I've been told that it's more a reactive thing than a proactive effort that SD considers doing in that regard. (see viewtopic.php?f=7&t=376&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=10#p2282
So, like, thanks for your comment wensail. slash hockey. It definitely added insight ^H^H^H^H^H^H NULL to the discussion. Oh yeah; I also appreciate your ignoring ^H^H^H ance of the point that FREE is not cost but Openness.
oxbadfood wrote:reduce the price until a free solution is realized.
Is it not obvious that there is a general undercurrent that the current arrangement is wrong somehow? SD did a great thing with very little time. But what about going forward?