Good news on the EPG saga

September 12, 2006

I’ve found another grabber, mentioned in a forum post on the MediaPortal web site. And so far, it’s very cool. It runs as a service, and automatically downloads updated EPGs every 12 hours (configurable). It’s nice to have the full functionality of the HTPC back.

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The Quest for an Australian EPG continues

September 11, 2006

My post below proved to be famous last words… the writer of DUGG, the Australian Electronic Program Guide grabber, announced recently that the source of his data has started using encryption. While the encryption in question is ridiculously simple, he decided he didn’t want to get involved in a coding arms race with the data provider, so he is no longer working on DUGG. I can completely understand this, but I’m very dissappointed none the less.

So where does it leave me? I could subscribe to IceTV, I guess, but I think it is overpriced at $130 for a year’s worth of program guide information. I want to give OzTivo a whirl, but for some reason my IP address is on their ban list, so I can’t register on the website. I have fired off an email, so hopefully that will be sorted soon.

Does anyone know any reliable way to get Australian EPG data?

UPDATE: I’m now up and running fine. Read this post to find out how


Australian EPG grabber that works

August 19, 2006

If you are playing with a HTPC in Australia, you’re probably frustrated by how difficult it is to get decent EPG (Electronic Program Guide) data. The commercial TV networks object to providing this data, as they are luddites. There is a solution, however. It’s called DUGG, and it works really well for me. After a little fiddling with an .ini file to rename the channels to match my MediaPortal setup, it works a treat!


Media Portal – MythTV without the headaches

August 18, 2006

My media machine is finally doing what I had hoped it would – thanks to some opensource windows software called MediaPortal. Although it is still in beta (currently version 0.2.something), both of my DVB-T cards work with it, it plays back all my music, it networks well with other machines in the house, and generally does what it’s told.

I really wanted to like/use MythTV, but after I don’t know how many hours, I still couldn’t get the thing to do what it was supposed to do. MediaPortal just installed and ran – that was it. MythTV promised so much – all opensource, completely modular, expandable over multiple machines… maybe they cursed themselved with the name.

So, I just reformatted the drive that had Linux on it. It is now one of the target drives for TV recordings. Goodbye, Myth. Hello, every episode of Doctor Who recorded in high-def!