Introducing EPG123

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Re: Introducing EPG123

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Post by johnsconley » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:01 pm

EPG123 is running fine on my Win7 WMC machine which is the file server for two other machines running Win10 and the other Win7 with WMC.
My question is can I import the guide from the server to the others or do I need to purchase separate Scehedules Direct for each system as the IP address is the reall key ?
If I missed this in the manual forgive please.

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Post by garyan2 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:22 pm

Not actually covered in the manual, but probably should be noted somewhere. The Schedules Direct membership covers your entire household. You don't need more than one membership.

If you have a more specific question, maybe a unique situation, then I would direct you to their site and contact them there.
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Post by johnsconley » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:53 pm

garyan2 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:22 pm
Not actually covered in the manual, but probably should be noted somewhere. The Schedules Direct membership covers your entire household. You don't need more than one membership.

If you have a more specific question, maybe a unique situation, then I would direct you to their site and contact them there.
I will contact them on this issue.
can copy the C:\ProgramData\GaRyan2\epg123\output\epg123.mxf from the server maachine?
The EPG123 tools are blocked from getting the new schedule SD on the Win10 machine but the Win7 server is humming along fine.
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Post by garyan2 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:37 pm

For the membership question, here is a thread covering that a little with the President of Schedules Direct chiming in. viewtopic.php?p=122007#p122007

For your shared mxf file, you can copy the files, but you just need to change the user account of the scheduled task to something that has access to the shared folder. Open Task Scheduler and edit the user.
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Post by gzarzycki » Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:19 pm

Gary, I have a question that I have not found the same question, so please excuse me if I duplicate the question.

As you know, I have 2 media applications running on my server. The WMC for the Comcast cable channels and the MediaPortal for local Terrestrial channels. Currently I am getting the guide for WMC off SD and importing with your epg123. Currently the MediaPortal EPG I am using the Zap2XML application and pulling a guide off Zap2It in XML format which MediaPortal pulls in for its EPG.

Now, can I setup a seperate epg123 server on a seperate Windows PC server and only pull down the local terrestrial EPG only in XML format keeping the two epg123 totally separate and only pulling down the EPG's needed.

I have no idea how SD works when adding a 2nd profile and don't want the EPG for the WMC having the terrestrial channels in it, and the XML download only having the terrestrial EPG and not the WMC channels in it.

I suppose I can just to in and try it, but I don't want to mess up SD and epg123 for my WMC that I currently have all dialed in for the server and 5 clients running.

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Post by garyan2 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:09 pm

Yes, you can do what you are asking. You are not setting up a different profile with SD... just adding another lineup which you can have up to 4 of.

Keep your current EPG123 setup as-is. On another machine...

Install EPG123 Server Only
Login and add the OTA lineup
Make sure the the OTA lineup in INCLUDED and the Comcast lineup is EXCLUDED (green/red dot) which should be default that way
Select the OTA channels you want, enable and configure the [Create XMLTV file] options
Save & Execute

You could actually do this on the same machine if you wanted, but you would have to create a task manually to create the XMLTV daily. You would need to use the portable package and place it in a separate/new folder than your current EPG123 executables... it will have its own epg123.cfg file for OTA and XMLTV.
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Post by gzarzycki » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:12 pm

Thanks, I tried to setup on my Web Server, but the XMLTV file is not compatible to my MediaPortal server, different format then the MediaPortal XML file. :-(

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Post by gzarzycki » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:17 pm

BTW, I sent you a little something via PayPal for the great software you created,

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Post by garyan2 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:19 pm

gzarzycki wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:12 pm
Thanks, I tried to setup on my Web Server, but the XMLTV file is not compatible to my MediaPortal server, different format then the MediaPortal XML file. :-(
I find that hard to believe. My XMLTV files conform to the XMLTV requirements. I'll have to load mediaportal to see what it is choking on, unless you get some kind of status from it?

EDIT: You are pointing MediaPortal to epg123.xmltv correct?
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Post by garyan2 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:19 pm

gzarzycki wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:17 pm
BTW, I sent you a little something via PayPal for the great software you created,
Thanks! Much appreciated.
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Post by gzarzycki » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:42 pm

Gary, I will email you the MediaPortal XML file for you to see. The reason I wanted to try epg123 and SD is I am not sure how much longer the Zap2it will support downloading of EPG's.

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Post by garyan2 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:32 pm

I successfully used an XMLTV file from EPG123 in Media Portal v1.23 without issue. I even imported it from an area with and without the xmltv.dtd file. It does take a while to import, though, and my file is considerably larger than what you would get from zap2xml. I'm not sure why it would not work with yours.
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Post by sgbroimp » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:30 pm

So I just signed up with SD. Know this may be covered already, but could not find clear answer: They asked me to choose between an SD-DD lineup or do nothing and get the SD-JSON lineup by default as I understand. I have an HTPC running WIn 7 and WMC with Ceton PcIe Cable tuner, no antenna through this system. Should I have chosen SD-DD or did I do the right thing by choosing nothing? I would like to know before I begin and botch up the EPG123 set up.

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Post by garyan2 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:41 pm

You're all good. A membership gets you access to both the SD-DD and SD-JSON servers. If using the SD-DD servers, you need to choose your lineups and select channels on their website. EPG123 uses the SD-JSON servers so the burden of setting up your lineups and channel selection is on us.

You did the right thing, though no harm if you had selected lineups on the SD-DD server... just no benefit either.
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Post by sgbroimp » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:47 pm

Much obliged for the quick response, Gary. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving also.

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Post by twkisner » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:45 pm

Gary-

Thanks for EPG123 again. When this first came out, I thought, "the Rovi data switch sucks, but not bad enough that I care enough to replace it" - but it gave me solace that when the day came that MS pulled the plug on the guide data there was a solution.

I honestly thought, being on Win 8.1 that I'd be having this problem in 2023, and that would make it "worth" the hassle and problems I had upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Not so much.

The day is now here, am I'm glad you have made a robust tool that makes this painless as possible and rolled in other tools as well.

Thanks again,

Tom

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