After the FTP incident
now the amazingly useful tv dig project
The xml feed provider has stopped providing the feed and there alternative is an API that only gives you 24hrs worth of data which is essentially useless for my needs.
What was my requirements? To get a list of all the films on the Freesat channels so I could set up recording schedules. I also tried to find episodes of certain shows that I wanted to see without having to record hundreds I had seen but that functionality has not been in use for at least a couple of years.
The film list would be formatted by "year of release" or "air date" allowing me to quickly identify new films even on at obscure times and channels. I also colour coded the films by air time to highlight kid friendly films. That last feature is the main reason i am sad to see this go. We always had a good backlog of kid films ready to watch at a moments notice and was invaluable at Christmas.
I have found two solutions, both will require a considerable amount of work to incorporate.
Firstly we have a paid service that is recommended by the metabroadcast post above
but I really want to avoid that.
the second is odd in the fact it is almost perfect but referenced almost nowhere, indicating it could disappear at any moment.
And, although the listing seem fresh there has been no activity on the mailing list for years.
But worst of all, there is not film release data on those feeds so I could not easily identify new films :(
Of course I could just scrape the data from somewhere else but I do not have the time for that or maintaining it.