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Revision as of 15:25, 25 October 2011
The XMLTV Project is a set of (mostly Perl) utilities to manage your TV viewing. They work with TV listings stored in the XMLTVFormat, which is based on XML. The idea is to separate out the back-end (getting the listings) from the front-end (displaying them for the user), and to implement useful operations like picking out your favorite programmes as filters that read and write XML documents.
At present there are back-ends grabbing TV listings for the following countries
Australia Belgium and Luxembourg Brazil Argentina Britain and Ireland Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Europe Finland France Hungary and Romania Iceland Italy Netherlands North America Norway Portugal Reunion Island (France) Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland
There are filters to sort the listings by date, to remove shows that have already been broadcast, and a couple of programmes to organize your viewing by storing preferences of what shows you watch. There are a couple of back ends to produce printed output.
This software is still being developed and most of the tools are command-line based, but at least many of them have manual pages. See the XmltvStatus page for information about which grabbers currently work correctly.
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Being notified of new releases
If you do download a copy, please subscribe to the xmltv-announce mailing list so you can find out when new releases happen. Since websites change their format without warning, a new release might be needed at any time!
Information for Developers
The XMLTVProject is a quintessential Open Source project. Most developers had an "itch to scratch", wrote some code satisfy the itch, and released it to others via this project. You can request a feature, but it's very likely the tool already does what the developer wanted, so it may take a while (if ever) for that feature to be added. Of course, this is OSS software, so feel free to add the feature yourself (or commission its addition if you can't code) and submit a patch. Most developers would gladly add a feature if someone else has already done most of the work.
Similar rules go for changes to the XMLTV DTD. You may have to push a bit for your changes and keep the discussion moving. Don't hesitate to push discussions forward that seem to have stagnated. If people aren't complaining about it, there may simply be no objections. Follow up with something like "There doesn't appear to be serious objections, so here's proposed patches to the DTD (and maybe XMLTV.PM)". If nothing happens after that, ping again.... the change is your "itch to scratch" :) I don't recommend non-core developers update the DTD or XMLTV.PM directly.
Notes on UK/ROI Radio Times listings
"In accessing this XML feed, you agree that you will only access its contents for your own personal and non-commercial use and not for any commercial or other purposes, including advertising or selling any goods or services, including any third-party software applications available to the general public."
RFC 2838 suggests a way of storing channel names based on the existing DNS hierarchy (though the channel names are not Internet hostnames). XMLTV has adopted this idea as a way to store globally-unique channel names, though at present not all the listings-grabbers use it.
An interesting side effect of keeping a preferences file listing programme titles is that you can crunch through the file later to see what words in titles you like and don't like, and what words occur most frequently in TV show titles. See A totally unscientific analysis of words appearing in British TV programme titles.
On March 14th 2002 Ed gave a on XMLTV.
tv_check is an application distributed with XMLTV that generates a HTML report highlighting schedule changes and bonus episodes of your favorite shows.
tv_grab_eu_epgdata is a new grabber that covers many European countries for a nominal cost
XmltvGrabberChannels is some work in progress to organize which channels are best fetched by which grabbers. If you use one of the xmltv grabbers, feel free to update it.
autoEpg is an application for easier configuration and automatic download of XMLTV data, also integrates other grabbers, TVxb, epgstream.net.. translation of the data from various languages, spain, french... to another language example, english, macedonian... and finally import to Windows Media Center (I've lost the source code so now I'm starting all over, you can track the progress hier.
Please look at our Sourceforge project page. You can file bug reports there, or just send questions to the xmltv-users mailing list.
Authors and copying
The maintainer of the xmltv project is currently Robert Eden. To get in contact use one of the mailing lists mentioned above. The project code (particularly the different grabbers) was written by many people. The manual page of each program should list its authors.
If you have a question about a grabber for a particular country, it is probably best to contact the grabber's author. And then you can write in your own language instead of English. But feel free to cc the xmltv-users mailing list anyway.
These programs are free software; you may distribute them under the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 or (at your option) any later version. (See the file COPYING.)
But I do not place any restrictions on files conforming to the DTD or on programs reading and writing the XMLTV format (even if the law gave me the power to do so). You are free to use the XMLTV file format (or variants of it) for any purpose. The DTD itself is copyrighted and GPLed (it's arguably a literary work), but that does not imply that I have any copyright interest in files you create by following its instructions. -- ?EdAvis
There is no warranty for this software, see the file COPYING.