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Re: [TV] basic qusetion - ireland, listings, howto?

Provide a simple XML file using the XMLTV DTD

I'm not sure I understand why they don't do this - I'm hoping to find out...

Certain satellite based services simply want a closed garden and they probably can get that in the UK. Others, I'm sure, would benefit from wider simpler distribution of this information.

Is there really more money to be made by restricting customers from seeing what shows are on when?

Or is it simply more 'obvious' to charge for the immediate content and disgregard the second order effects of potentially higher viewing figures? Certainly there are a few business models that work on aggregating this kind of content and they wouldn't like to see it given away for free. How important are they?

Since PVRs are a big drive for the need for epgs, there's probably a cut in ad exposure which may be scaring them (until they can do product placement etc etc)

Again, having said that, I understand that MS did a deal with the BBC/RT to provide free EPG feed data - but only to users of XP Media Edition.

Interesting area :)


Adrian Sill wrote:

Interesting flash demo.

Another question is what would you like broadcasters to do to help
promote & make available their listings to data-pullers?