Custom Data Grabber with Sky EPG Grabber for 1.16 onwards (2 Viewers)

George Leverington

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Many thanks, your ini file worked a treat. I found that I had to run EPG Collector twice within 5 minutes to actually grab and create an XML (the first pass fails).

Not to worry, I've set scheduled tasks for EPG Collector to run at 2am and 2:05am and it drops the file in MP's XMLTV plugin directory which immediately detects it and imports.

I did try out the Freesat Info channel but found a few FTA channels (mainly music) missed their EPG data.

Thanks for the TV wishlist and Logo manager tips, I'll try the latter when I spot a broadcaster has changed their logo!
 

yelldom

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ok guys been goimg mad since finding epg background has stopped on sky. I know its possible to get the data elswhere but for my sanity I am unable to setup the grabber to grab from open tv. PLEASE PLEASE someone give me a tip just a small clue will do :) ..
many thanks in advance
 

Jasmeet_181

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Which grabber have you been trying to setup? If it's EPG Collector too, then to get the basics up and running:
  • Download and Install EPG Collector
  • Open EPGCentre.
  • File/Create Collection Parameters.
  • Select UK Sky TV, then click Ok.
  • Click on the output tab and note where the XML path is (must be named TVGuide.xml).
  • File/Save As..., Save the .ini
  • Run/Collect EPG Data..., Yes, wait a few minutes and there should be a message telling you that it was successful, click OK and close EPG Centre.

  • Go to where TVGuide.xml was saved and check that there is programme data in it.

  • Right click Save link as on this link to an xmltv.dtd file
  • Copy the saved xmltv.dtd to the same folder that TVGuide.xml is in.

  • Open TV-Server Configuration and go Plugins, disable Sky UK Grabber and enable XmlTv.
  • Go to Manual control click Stop Service, then Start Service.

  • Expand Plugins and click on XmlTv.
  • In the General tab, give it the location for the folder containing TVGuide.xml
  • In the Mapping tab select a group (eg. All Channels) and wait for it to load.
  • Sort out any mappings you need to from the drop downs under Guide channel (it should be mostly green/exact match anyway).
  • Click Save on the top-right.

  • Now either:
  1. Go back to the General tab, click on Import and wait again (the TV-Server Configuration window will be unresponsive), then click on OK to exit.
  2. Click on OK to exit TV-Server Configuration. Go back into EPGCentre, File Change Collection Parameters..., select the .ini you made, then do Run/Collect EPG Data... again. MP will detect an update and import in the background.

After you've done this you can move on scheduling the collection and correcting your ITV/ITV +1/ ITV HD/STV in EPGCentre as they have non-unique channel names. Some further information on XmlTv (including screenshots) is in the wiki - XmlTv Plugin
 
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Morphic

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  • Go to where TVGuide.xml was saved and check that there is programme data in it.

  • Right click Save as on this
  • Copy the saved xmltv.dtd to the same folder that TVGuide.xml is in.


I got to the bit where it says right click save as, right click what? Where do I get xmltv.dtd from?
 

DragonQ

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I haven't had Sky in about a year and probably won't again for quite a while (ever since they locked down HD channels so they wouldn't work outside of official boxes I haven't been keen - watching footy in SD is terrible). So I guess I'll use this as an opportunity to switch to using the Freesat EPG and clearing out all of my non-FTA channels. Unfortuantely, it doesn't work:

Code:
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,889] [EPG    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Grab for card:#5 transponder #1/1 channel: Freesat Info
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,890] [EPG    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - EpgCard: grab epg on card: #5 transponder: #0 ch:Freesat Info
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,897] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - RemoteControl: RegisterChannel first called in Domain TVService.exe for thread DVB EPG timer with id 5
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,921] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - CardReservationBase.RequestCardTuneReservation: placed reservation with id=1, tuningdetails=DVBS:radio:Freesat Freesat Info Freq:11425000 ONID:59 TSID:2315 SID:10530 PMT:0xE10 FTA:True LCN:10000 SymbolRate:27500 Modulation:ModNotSet Polarisation:LinearH InnerFecRate:Rate2_3 DisEqc:None band:Universal Pilot:NotSet RollOff:NotSet
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,924] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - TVServerKodi: OnTvServerEvent: StartZapChannel
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,926] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - card: Tune on card 5 to subchannel Freesat Info
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,928] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - card: user: epg:5:-1 tune DVBS:radio:Freesat Freesat Info Freq:11425000 ONID:59 TSID:2315 SID:10530 PMT:0xE10 FTA:True LCN:10000 SymbolRate:27500 Modulation:ModNotSet Polarisation:LinearH InnerFecRate:Rate2_3 DisEqc:None band:Universal Pilot:NotSet RollOff:NotSet
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,933] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvbs: Tune:DVBS:radio:Freesat Freesat Info Freq:11425000 ONID:59 TSID:2315 SID:10530 PMT:0xE10 FTA:True LCN:10000 SymbolRate:27500 Modulation:ModNotSet Polarisation:LinearH InnerFecRate:Rate2_3 DisEqc:None band:Universal Pilot:NotSet RollOff:NotSet
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,934] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvbs:  Tune:DVBS:radio:Freesat Freesat Info Freq:11425000 ONID:59 TSID:2315 SID:10530 PMT:0xE10 FTA:True LCN:10000 SymbolRate:27500 Modulation:ModNotSet Polarisation:LinearH InnerFecRate:Rate2_3 DisEqc:None band:Universal Pilot:NotSet RollOff:NotSet
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,935] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:GetNewSubChannel:0 #0
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,939] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - TvDvbChannel ctor new subchIndex:0
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,940] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - card: AddTuneEvent card: 5 / subch: 0
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,940] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - LNB low:9750 hi:10600 switch:11700
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,942] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvbs:channel modulation is set to ModNotSet
[2018-01-14 16:31:47,943] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvbs:channel FECRate is set to Rate2_3
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,045] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:Submiting tunerequest Channel:Freesat Info subChannel:0
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,046] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:using existing subchannel:0
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,046] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:Submit tunerequest size:1 new:0
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,046] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 OnBeforeTune
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,047] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:Submit tunerequest calling put_TuneRequest
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,518] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: LoadSettings()
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,523] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - NetworkMonitorHandler: Network monitor started
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,679] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - NetworkMonitorHandler: Idle limit in KB/s: 128
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,684] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: SetWakeupTimer()
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,732] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: Inspecting Scheduled Recordings: 14/01/2018 22:27:00
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,734] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: New next wakeup time 14/01/2018 22:27:00 found by Scheduled Recordings
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,735] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: Set wakeup timer to wakeup system at 14/01/2018 22:24:00
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,737] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: CheckForStandby()
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,760] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - MPExtendedPowerHandler.DisAllowShutdown: last activity is 14/01/2018 11:49:20, difference is 04:42:28.4422465, thus returning False
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,792] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: SetStandbyMode(StandbyAllowed)
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,793] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [INFO ] - PS: System changed from busy state to idle state
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,794] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: System is idle and may go to standby
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,794] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: Active standby is disabled - standby is handled by Windows
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,805] [Log    ] [PS StandbyWakeup] [DEBUG] - PS: Requests preventing Windows standby: [PROCESS] \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer_Desktop.exe
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,901] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:Submit tunerequest done calling put_TuneRequest
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,901] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 OnAfterTune
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,904] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - RunGraph
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,905] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 OnGraphStart
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,905] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:  RunGraph
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,962] [Log    ] [12       ] [INFO ] - Controller: epg stop
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,963] [EPG    ] [12       ] [INFO ] - EPG: grabber stopped..
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,963] [EPG    ] [12       ] [INFO ] - EpgCard: card: 5 stop grabbing
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,964] [EPG    ] [12       ] [INFO ] - EpgGrabbing: Stop - user epg
[2018-01-14 16:31:48,965] [Log    ] [12       ] [INFO ] - user:epg remove
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,693] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - dvb:  LockInOnSignal ok
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,694] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 OnGraphStarted
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,706] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 SetupPmtGrabber:pid E10 sid:2922
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,706] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 set pmt grabber pmt:E10 sid:2922
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,707] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 set ca grabber
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,708] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - WaitForPMT: Waiting for PMT E10
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,896] [Log    ] [21       ] [INFO ] - subch:0 OnPMTReceived() pmt:E10 ran:True dynamic:False
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,896] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - WaitForPMT: Found PMT after 0.1885239 seconds.
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,899] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 SendPmt:2922 2922 FFFFFFFF 15
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,902] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Decode pmt
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,902] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Set descriptor data with length 3
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,903] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Set descriptor data with length 3
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,903] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Set descriptor data with length 3
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,903] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Set descriptor data with length 3
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,903] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Set descriptor data with length 3
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,903] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 SendPMT: Channel is FTA, nothing to do.
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,911] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 SetMpegPidMapping
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,911] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:E13 pcr
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,911] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:E10 pmt
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,913] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:E13 audio lang: type:MPEG-2
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,913] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0    map pid:E13 audio lang: type:MPEG-2
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,914] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:C1D type:5
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,914] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:C1E type:5
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,914] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:C1F type:5
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,914] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:C20 type:5
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,914] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:C21 type:5
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,914] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:E11 type:B
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,915] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0  pid:E12 type:B
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,916] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Number of HWPIDS that needs to be sent to tuner :7
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,916] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - OnPMTReceived: MDAPI disabled. Possible reasons are _mdplugs=null or provider not listed
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,917] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - subch:0 stop tif
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,917] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - WaitForPmt: PMT handling took 0.0200025 seconds.
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,954] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - card: Tuner locked: True
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,954] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - **************************************************
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,954] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - ***** SIGNAL LEVEL: 64, SIGNAL QUALITY: 100 *****
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,954] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - **************************************************
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,955] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - card: tuned user: epg subchannel: 0
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,955] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - user:epg add
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,956] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - CardReservation.RemoveTuneTicket: removed reservation with id=1, tuningdetails=DVBS:radio:Freesat Freesat Info Freq:11425000 ONID:59 TSID:2315 SID:10530 PMT:0xE10 FTA:True LCN:10000 SymbolRate:27500 Modulation:ModNotSet Polarisation:LinearH InnerFecRate:Rate2_3 DisEqc:None band:Universal Pilot:NotSet RollOff:NotSet
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,957] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - card: SignalTuneEvent card: 5 / subch: 0
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,957] [Log    ] [DVB EPG timer] [DEBUG] - TVServerKodi: OnTvServerEvent: EndZapChannel
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,957] [EPG    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Tuning finished but EpgGrabber no longer enabled
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,957] [EPG    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - Epg: card:5 could not start dvbt grabbing
[2018-01-14 16:31:49,957] [EPG    ] [DVB EPG timer] [INFO ] - EpgCard: unable to grab epg transponder: 0 ch: Freesat Info started on -1
I have no idea why it's referencing "dvbt" since "card 5" is DVB-S.
 
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theidiot

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    I got this working on my box, it took a bit of a fiddle but it works well now.

    I had to stop the TVService to get it working initially. Is there anything using the card or trying to use the card?
     

    yelldom

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    does anyone know if a solution to djblu sky grabber has been found since skyuk turned off the epg background audio
     

    richardc1983

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    does anyone know if a solution to djblu sky grabber has been found since skyuk turned off the epg background audio
    No solution found. Myself and @Adam86 have now left media portal and using TV headend with kodi as the front end. Such a shame but MediaPortal doesn't seem to want to support sky or freesat to have the same functionality.
     

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