[EPG] Firefox or ??? plugin plus MP plugin to view and "use" web-site EPG (1 Viewer)

Pat Clark

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April 25, 2012
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In the US, there is a nice web-site called Zap2It.com that can be customized to show the channels you want. It carries nice descriptions with photos upon clicking on the show in the grid.

I wonder if a Firefox plugin and/or an MP plugin could be developed which would display that web-site or others like it and intercept certain mouse clicks and cause MP to tune to or record that channel, in a fashion similar to the standard EPG.

The standard zap2it web-site would work best with a mouse, but they may have a mobile version that would work better with touch or a remote.

I understand that zap2it's parent company is the major supplier of guide information in the US, and they supply microsoft among others.


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  • December 20, 2011
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    this is one thing I miss from BeyondTV. BTV is a zap2it customer and I can login a BTV TV EPG page, select a show and say I want to record 1 episode, all episodes, or all new episodes. The BTV SW will periodically auto download the remote recording. zap2it has support for Tivo but you need a Tivo account. I think tvguide.com has some directtv support.

    You can sort of do this with www.titantv.com. If you setup an account you can select a show and download a "program.tvpi" file to record the show. The file looks like xml. They also mention supporting PVRs like hauppauge, RedButton Linux Live, see "Related Links" on bottom of page.

    example tvpi file

    <tv-program-info version="1.0">
    <program-title>Survivor: Blood vs. Water</program-title>
    <episode-title>Rule In Chaos</episode-title>
    <program-description>The first castaway is sent home for good after the season&apos;s first challenge on Redemption Island; the veterans consider starting their own alliance, but some are hesitant because that means they may have to leave their loved ones behind.</program-description>

    Pat Clark

    Portal Pro
    April 25, 2012
    United States of America United States of America
    Seems like either idea could work, if fast enough and reliable enough. (Keep the web-site open, use it, auto detect the download, and act on it.)

    Simple. :)

    Once upon a time I was a software developer, but no more, so if anybody wants to give it a shot, I'd be happy to test.

    FWIW, I run Firefox on the big screen, using the "Opera Mobile Launcher" MP-plugin together with a couple of Firefox plugins to enlarge the text, etc. It also works with World Weather as the browser for weather maps -- I forget what the option is called. The only problems are no keyboard, and no "bring to front" capability for either MP or Firefox with just a mouse.

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