Adding TV guide from external XMLTV source

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Adding TV guide from external XMLTV source

Post by admin@vbox » Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:05 am

The VBox TV Gateway grabs the program guide from the live broadcast stream, however not all TV service providers, provides full program guide, in this cases you can add program guide from an external XMLTV source.

There are many XMLTV guide sources, for example
http://www.webgrabplus.com/
http://www.schedulesdirect.org/
https://atlas.metabroadcast.com/
http://www.birtles.org.uk/xmltv/

The video below explains how to import the XMLTV guide into the VBox


youtu.be/F0FakfRVpQk

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Re: Adding TV guide from external XMLTV source

Post by lgnch » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:35 pm

Some issues have arisen in NZ with XML EPG data. Recently the EPG data service from a nice dropbox user has been discontinued leaving everything to epg.org.nz.

The problem with epg.org.nz is that everything is zipped. So to fix it you need to manually download, unzip and then access it via the vbox. This is fine for linux users as we can create a nice cron script to automate things, but is useless for everyone else - and let me be clear this is not the fault of VBox it is a problem with our providers.

To fix it the following is useful:

1 if you are in central city use the live feed - yes I know that this is only partially reliable due to the poor EPG service we have but this is a mix of the providers not giving the data to the epg providers and channel operators not updating their information on time.

2 create a script on a linux box with a web server as follows (note www/freeview - change thsi to your webservers default, /var/www/html on centos for example:

#!/bin/sh

cd /var/www/freeview
rm -f freeview.xml
wget http://epg.org.nz/freeview.xml.gz
gunzip freeview.xml.gz

Stick this in the cron.daily folder and name it anything you like with permissions 755

Then access it from the devices web server using external XMLTV --> network / URL on the VBox.

3 Wait for a week and I will post a live link that will be doing the linux script for you and you just access the xml.

As a feature request it may be nice to to have an update for the VBox to do the unzipping, but this is more resource intensive and may not be worth it.

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Re: Adding TV guide from external XMLTV source

Post by lgnch » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:45 am

Here is the link to the NZ xml file which I am updating automatically every hour: http://fview.vboxcomm.com.au/freeviewnz.xml

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