Alternate guide data for UK S1 Tivos

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by PhilG, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. kitschcamp

    kitschcamp Tweaked and poked

    May 18, 2001


    I've been making slices from Swedish tv listings for some time, and it works well usually. But if we can work with the Dutch, that would probably be the quickest solution.
  2. DX30

    DX30 New Member

    May 22, 2005
    The Topfield 5800 can also use 3rd party EPG data - I've used the Radio Times data on a Topfield myself. It's pretty good as a basic EPG but some of the metadata that would be needed for SP's is a bit dodgy.

    There is a list of channels available at

    The summary of the Radio Times T&C is

    In accessing this XML feed, you agree that you will only access its contents for your own personal and non-commercial use and not for any commercial or other purposes, including advertising or selling any goods or services, including any third-party software applications available to the general public.
  3. katman

    katman New Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    East Anglia
    But we are not the "general public" we are an elite band of diehard Tivo lovers LOL :)
  4. AENG

    AENG New Member

    Dec 20, 2000
    Here's one lifetime S1 (times 2) owner, going VM, who'd like to keep at least one of them going with a viable substitute EPG, provided it's legal and do-able by someone whose only mod. to them so far is to plug in a pre-configured Mode 0 drive and who's never even seen a cache card or known anything about Linux. I would obviously expect to have to pay for any new service. The "lifetime" subscriptions I bought many years ago have more than paid for themselves IMHO.
  5. alextegg

    alextegg Tall Member

    May 21, 2002


    And another, I am in exactly the same boat as AENG (except I only have 1 S1, not 2 :) )
  6. martink0646

    martink0646 New Member

    Feb 8, 2005
    Hi Kitschcamp,

    How easy is the process? Is it feasible for individuals (who know there way round a PC but are not s/ware pro's) to do it & where can I go to get the info? I have looked at oztivo & tivosa but they don't go into the slicing methods as they make that provision available.

    I'll put my hand up now to volunteer to assist any 'work' that needs doing with the caveat that it is within my capabilities!!! I'm also registering on healydave's forum.

    In the ideal world someone will set up the epg service & I'll be happy to pay mikerr or healeydave for a pre-configured drive, with Mode 0 enabled & all the hacks installed. That would also provide some compensation for them for sorting out the epg???

  7. gent1man

    gent1man New Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    Hello Phil,
    thanks for starting this off.

    But i paid for a lifetime subscription and i am very much still alive!

    If the subscription service had gone bust then it could/must come up for sale -- but if virgin has bought it out then I am certain we have a case for virgin to honour the original agreements.

    If you have already checked this then so be it, but i think a class action against vigin by all of us could do the trick.

    What do you think?
  8. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

    Feb 11, 2002
    Not another one :rolleyes:

    I won't say 'cos I don't like to be rude :)
  9. Paul_J

    Paul_J New Member

    Jan 9, 2001
    Carl after this news I think it is time you go the the VM based forum leaving those of use who can't move to their service to continue here. After geting a call from VM offering me a box yesterday I think enough salt has been rubbed into the wound without you adding you own!
  10. kweller

    kweller New Member

    Mar 10, 2002
    Near Dover,...
    I've had years of service from my 'Lifetime' subscriptions so I can't complain about its removal. I am rather hoping there will be a way to continue to get guide data from somewhere though (or, failing that, that Sky will make wishlists available!).

  11. PhilG

    PhilG New Member

    Jan 15, 2002
    ARGGHH :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::mad::rolleyes:

    At the START of this thread I did say


    PLEASE let's not have any discussions on the announcement from Tivo - there are plenty of other threads for that :p
  12. AndyP

    AndyP Occasional Expert !

    Mar 6, 2002
    UK, Essex.
    Might it be possible to pull listings over the web from DigiGuide ? That is a subscription based service, but quite a cheap one annually.

    I wouldn't hold out too much hope for a dial-up based system.
  13. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

    Feb 11, 2002
    I'll post where I like, thanks.

    No salt intended. If I were in your shoes I would be annoyed too. But then I also would know what "Lifetime" mean in this context and wouldn't be making stupid coments about my still being alive, etc.

    I think you should be aiming your dis-satisfaction in other directions; towards people who are not doing your cause any good with their ill-thought-out comments.

    For the record, I hope you do get something sorted out one way or the other. My brother still uses his :)
  14. katman

    katman New Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    East Anglia
    They need to get Series Links working properly first. I almost missed the latest season of House restarting last week because SKY+ had dropped the series link when it took a break for Christmas.

    My trusty Tivo picked it up and recorded it despite the day changing. The ONLY time I have ever had failed recordings on Tivo is when the SKY box has locked up.
  15. djqster

    djqster New Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    My TiVo sat in the garage for eight months, got taken out and switched from Sky to Freeview and it still recorded the new series of 'Being Human'

    Awesome stuff.

    Just not quite awesome enough so I'd move to Swindon in order to get Virgin cable...
  16. Millimole

    Millimole New Member

    May 29, 2003
    I guess I'm fairly typical in that I can find my way round a PC, but don't consider myself competent enough to 'hack' into a networked Tivo. I've replaced the hard drive on my Tivo - so know which end of a screwdriver to hold. Equally I'd love to keep my Tivo on the road after June 1st. I can't judge, but I guess that there's a number of people out there in my situation who would be prepared to make an investment to keep the box running.

    So....what I think I'm saying is.... whatever solution that "the community" come up with has to be scaleable to a lot of people with a very wide variety of technical and geek skills.
    The ideal for me would be, I guess, to buy a replacement drive / new network card (I'm not currently networked) with all the software required to grab the replacement EPG, open the Tivo and drop it in.
  17. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

    Dec 19, 2006
    South Coast, UK
    indeed... sleep easy on that one ;)
  18. davidshack

    davidshack Peripatetic member

    Aug 17, 2002
    I recognise we are all very pi**ed at the announcement, but plse can we spend our energy finding a solution?

    Seem to remember Digiguide was "worked" to provide information to allow wish-list recording, plus programmes marked within it. Which might sort the info needs of those of use who are network-enabled.

    Given that our contract (inc all T&Cs) with TiVo has been ENDED wef 1.6.11, I'm minded to the view that we will no longer be bound to any limitations on our discussions in this forum on sourcing data.

    It would be helpful for our (nice) moderators to take this view and allow members to use their considerable skills to document a "fix".

    Incidentally, I see Ebay management are SUPPRESSING the info that S1 TiVos are set to be mere bricks in 3 months; and only one of the many people selling S1 TiVos there mentions the end of the service. Clearly Caveat Emptor still rules on Ebay!
  19. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

    Feb 11, 2002
    How? :confused:
  20. theGecko

    theGecko New Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Cambridge, UK
    Would a more legal (yet extreme) option be to try and get mythtv running on the series 1's?

    The way I see it, we own the hardware and it will no longer be supported, so we can do what we want with it.

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