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    Dirky is offline MythTV Rookie
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    Hi,
    I'm considering replacing my UK Thompson Tivo for a MythTV system
    sometime in the future.
    At present I pay 10 per month for my Tivo subscription which essentially gets me the guide data, I find it pretty good.

    One thing that concerns me is the TV guide data for MythTV. What system would it use in the UK, how good is the data.



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    justinh is offline Cornerstone of the Community
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    You have two choices for UK TV guide data:

    1. Use an XMLTV-based grabber (tv_grab_uk_rt) which uses the Radio Times website or
    2. Use a DVB-T (Freeview) tuner card and grab the over-the-air EPG.

    Both methods are very reliable unless the programme start/end times change.

    From what I've read about the Tivo guide, it's not updated as frequently as either the RadioTimes or DVB guide, so you'd be getting a more up to date guide - for free


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    jamespetts is offline MythTV Friend in Training
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    I always find the EPG data to be very full and useful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespetts
    I always find the EPG data to be very full and useful.
    Yeah the UKRT guide data fills the screen. It can be a little bit much sometimes...

    When I click on a film I want to know what it's about... not a diatribe like

    In this disappointing and belated attempt to cash in on the success of supernatural dramas such as The Sixth Sense, Kevin Costner stars as an ER doctor based in Chicago who is devastated by the death of his pregnant wife Emily while on a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Costner becomes convinced that his wife is trying to contact him from "beyond" after hearing about the near-death experiences of one of her former patients. The recurrence of dragonfly images - Emily had a similar mark on her back - and an encounter with Linda Hunt's eccentric nun send Costner off on a jungle adventure. Sadly, neither the understated performance of Costner nor a welcome cameo from Kathy Bates can rescue this schmaltzy misfire.

    Try fitting THAT on the screen in 14 point text!

    Just tell me what it's about!


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    jamespetts is offline MythTV Friend in Training
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    Ohh, I don't know. I rather like having an independent review of things to help me to decide whether to watch them or not :-)


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