XMLTV and importing channel's (1 Viewer)


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November 25, 2005
USF, Florida
Area: Media Portal Plugins
MediaPortal Version: RC1 (2005-09-01)
MediaPortal Skin: mce
Windows Version: Windows XP (SP2)
.NET CLR Version: 2.0.50727
DirectX Version: (9.0c)
Audio Codec: MPEG/AC3/DTS/LPCM Audio Decoder
Video Codec: Mpeg2Dec Filter
CPU Type: Intel Pentium 4 - 3.00GHz
Memory: 2 GB
Motherboard: P4P800-E (ASUSTeK Computer Inc.)
TV Card Model: General S/W encoding card
TV Card Type: - Compro tv fm
TV Card Driver: -
Video Card Model: Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 (128 MB)
Video Card Driver: -
Video Card Resolution: 1024x768
Video Render Type: Overlay
Audio Card Model: Realtek AC'97 Audio
Audio Card Driver: -

When trying to import channel info using the 'Import from TVGuide' button under Media Portal Setup/Television/TV Channels - I get a message stating
error importing tvguide from
J:\ Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\MyXmltv\tvguide.xml
error: No xmltv file found
I first though that xmltv is something preloaded with media portal. I then downloaded xmltv-0.5.41-win32 and when I tried to extract the zipped file, it asked me for a password. Before I go any further - am I doing something wrong. I live in Florida - USA if that helps as well. Trying to get my channel line ups correct.


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    make sure your xmltv is created in the /mediaportal/xmltv directory or else it wont work...it needs the "xmltv.dtd" file which is in that directory...or copy the "xmltv.dtd" file to the directory u are using and reconfigure it in setup


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    December 30, 2005
    I am getting a similar problem; when i hit the 'import from xml' button, the message says 'this is not a valid channel list', and when i try to import from tv guide, it says 'root element is missing'.
    I have unpacked the xmltv package and run it to configure, but i cannot log into zap2itlabs as i cannot find a certificate number anywhere, just reams of channel data. I suppose this is the problem?
    I have also read about people using the autotune function; where is this?
    all help welcome

    ps I can't get the template to work either, but my setup is c3m266 mobo with onboard grafix, 1.2 celeron, 512ddr, Nvidia NVTV tuner.

    I just found the autotuner - not got anything out of it yet tho...

    :D Scratch that; I got my tvguide working! :lol:
    A bit more searching on the website pointed me to the docs in the xmltv\doc\man folder.

    1. run xmltv.exe tv_grab_uk_rt --configure
    I am not prompted for any certificate numbers here; is that normal?
    You can select the channels you want from here, but I find the Radio Times system clunky and slow, so I set it to 'all' and deleted the unwanted channels as below.
    2. Go to xmltv\.xmltv\tv_grab_uk_rt.conf, open this with notepad and edit out the channels you don't want.
    3.run xmltv.exe tv_grab_uk_rt --output tvguide.xml
    This creates the tvguide.xml file in the xmltv folder
    4. Open MP configuration, television/channels, and click on 'Import from TVguide'.

    Job done!
    well it worked for me anyway. Problem is, I still can't get the autotune to work, so no TV yet. :roll:

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