EPG data for UK Freesat channels

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mking
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EPG data for UK Freesat channels

Post by mking » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:24 pm

Hi there

Can anyone help me get UK Freesat EPG data for the next seven days onto my VBox? Freesat just gives now and next data over the live stream which is next to useless. Anyone got an easy how-to-guide to add EPG data for freesat to the VBox with sources of data?

Cheers

M

MikeB
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Re: EPG data for UK Freesat channels

Post by MikeB » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:38 pm

Here is a free source of external data for UK Freesat (and Freeview) http://www.xmltv.co.uk/feeds
From a quick look at the data for the 7 day feed, it is quite limited e.g. no series support.
The other feeds up to and including 72 hours are better.
Note I have no idea where xmltv.co.uk get its data from.

The basic steps are below, but see section 7.3 Program Guide of the Full User Manual at http://www.vboxcomm.com/shop-support/download.html

Assumes VBox is running latest firmware (2.57)

1. Download the desired file to some storage which can be accessed by the VBox.

2. On the VBox via Web Browser go to Streaming>Program Guide and change Program Guide Source to "External XMLTV (Beta)" and click submit.

3 Tell VBox where to find the external XMLTV file is using either NETWORK (Wizard) or NETWORK / URL (Manual). Note make sure the path to the file and the filename do not contain any space characters, also use IP Address rather than a name (depending on the settings of the router on your network, it may not resolve name to IP Address for the local network).

4. click on Auto Match

I believe there are some limitations on what VBox can import from the external XMLTV file, but I could not find details, things like file size, tags supported, would be nice if VBox could publish this information.

Mike

mking
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Re: EPG data for UK Freesat channels

Post by mking » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:39 pm

Hi Mike

Thanks for your help much appreciated.

Just one silly question as I am a bit new to all this. In step 1 you say download the file to storage than can be accessed by the box. So in the example of the xmktv feeds 7 day feed should I download the file http://www.xmltv.co.uk/feed/6582.xml to the storage rather than putting http://www.xmltv.co.uk/feed/6582 in the XMLTV Network / URL (manual) field? If the former how does it get updated to I have to regularly download it? Sorry for the beginner questions.

Cheers

Marcus

MikeB
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Re: EPG data for UK Freesat channels

Post by MikeB » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:50 pm

Hi Marcus,

You can do either. In your case, it is simpler just put it in XMLTV Network URL

I tend to download to storage, as it makes debug easier and limits load on www.xmltv.co.uk server when debugging.


Edit: I have two VBoxes, and other boxes, so I download only once, and then share across my boxes.

Mike

rebaz
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Re: EPG data for UK Freesat channels

Post by rebaz » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:34 am

I agree with the first comment about that
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