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For those in the UK and some other countries, there is a free electronic programming guide (EPG) that comes with Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT, aka Freeview in the UK) that allows you to view TV listings and use it to make recordings on Elgato's EyeTV products. However, Elgato by default has chosen a proprietary provider (tvtv) to provide the EPG, which you have to subscribe to.

What few people know is that you can default back to the free EPG. From the Playlist window, click Channels, select the channels you want (shift-click to multiple-select) and in the EPG column, select DVB (the industry standard for DTT) instead of tvtv. Then control-click on the program guide and select Update DVB Guide from the pop-up menu. After a few minutes, the EPG will update and you'll have the channels on the free EPG.

This will work in the UK, and might work in other countries as well, but this depends on whether the DTT EPG uses the DVB standard and is offered for free.
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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 22, '06 08:37:04AM
I do this too, but find that to update the EPG, it has to tune to each of the channels, disturbing your viewing, or worse, ruining a recording.

It also takes ages.

Regardless, I'll be doing this when my free tvtv subscription runs out :-)

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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: jelockwood on Aug 22, '06 08:55:37AM
Elgato use Titan TV for the US and tvtv for Europe. While Titan TV is a free service, tvtv is not (although a years subscription is included with EyeTV). Both are supposedly for 14 days (I have not used either).

The DVB embedded EPG (also free) is usually only for the next seven days.

I have sent a request to Elgato (twice) suggesting they add support for the open and free standard XMLTV standard which would let them add free programme information for many more countries including the UK. In the UK the Radio Times for example currently provide two weeks worth of programme listings free of charge (in XMLTV compatible form).

There is even existing open source code to use XMLTV that has already been ported to Mac OS X.

See http://membled.com/work/apps/xmltv/
and http://pdb.finkproject.org/pdb/package.php/xmltv

There is even a TV listings widget for Mac OS X's Dashboard written using XMLTV for goodness sake! See http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/movie_tv/xmltv.html

Perhaps other readers could add their requests to Elgato for XMLTV support.

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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: lestmak on Aug 23, '06 08:33:40AM

Nice try, but I reckon Elgato has a commercial deal with tvtv/Titan to offer the EPG, therefore it probably receives some form of commission from new subscriptions.

But good luck with the campaign!



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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in Canada
Authored by: gboudrea on Aug 22, '06 11:08:13AM
Using EyeTV for some time now. I was tired of waiting for Elgato to add EPG data for Canada, so I did it myself.

I detailed how I achieved it here: http://www.pommepause.com/online.html
Basically, I redirect requests from EyeTV to my own web server, and return data that EyeTV can understand.

If anyone wants to try it, email me and I should be able to get you EPG data for your TV provider in Canada. Address: epg att abuserz dot com

- Guillaume Boudreau

PS Someone contacted me this week from the UK, and wanted to port my solution to use XMLTV. I gave him the PHP scripts I developed to convert Zap2It EPG data into TitanTV EPG data (that EyeTV can understand), and he said he would try to use XMLTV instead of Zap2It as the data source, and would keep me updated on his progress.

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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: Johnny_TSpark on Aug 23, '06 02:59:23AM

Great idea - I'll have to try that out, as the TVTV sub is a bit of a drag.

I'm sure I'm not the only user who will be very interested to see what happens with the xmltv development.

Thanks!



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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: calum on Aug 23, '06 09:27:41AM

Hrmph, I only get the option of 'tvtv' or 'none', and tvtv doesn't provide info for quite a few channels I want.

Now, if somebody could find a way of shoehorning digiguide.com's EPG in there...



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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: gboudrea on Aug 24, '06 10:23:34PM
Here.
I modified my code so that it works with both Zap2It (directly) or XMLTV (using grabbers). I only tested with tv_grab_na_dd for XMLTV support. Other grabbers might give different data that would cause changes to be needed in the code.

I published the code under LPGL on Google Code:
http://code.google.com/p/eyetv-epg-proxy/

It's not for the faint or heart... You need Apache, with PHP and the SOAP extension to be able to install this.
Or you can email me (see Google Code web page for address) and I'll try to hook you up with someone who already installed it and would be happy to share his installation with you, so you would only have to configure your Mac & EyeTV to get 'proxified' EPG data.

Good luck,

- Guillaume Boudreau

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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: PizzaCake on May 03, '07 02:05:38PM
try tv-browser, it has a plugin for eyetv so you can add schedules. I also use the dvb epg. http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/19227

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Use another guide provider for EyeTV in UK
Authored by: calum on Feb 23, '08 11:02:46AM
Note that EyeTV 3.0.1 now has XMLTV support:
http://forums.elgato.com/viewtopic.php?f=86&t=1623


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