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Offline philzgr8

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Fair Go for EPG Users
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:41:23 PM »
For those who dispair about the state of digital TV in this country and want certainty surrounding EPG data, a group of people from the http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au site have starting a campaign for change.

They've just launched a site at www.myepg.com.au with an online petition and some tools for a letter writing campaign.

I'd urge anyone who wants a better EPG or who doesn't want the TV networks to dictate how they can use the EPG to have a look at the site and get involved.

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Re: Fair Go for EPG Users
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008, 05:03:03 PM »
Hopefully the push for "free use for start time/title" EPG (etc) will also allow for value added services like ICETV to continue & use the EPG data?   It isn't entirely clear from http://www.myepg.com.au/ if there is a push to allow *anyone* access to scheduling information, or only make it accessible via EIT?
The EIT solution is not ideal for a number of reasons, including the need to tune every TV broadcaster in at least once a day to pick up all the EPG for all the broadcasters, unless it can be pushed to enforce all broadcasters to send all data?

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Re: Fair Go for EPG Users
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 09:52:15 PM »
It isn't entirely clear from http://www.myepg.com.au/ if there is a push to allow *anyone* access to scheduling information, or only make it accessible via EIT?

The campaign we've begun at www.myepg.com.au is designed to allow everyone, including guide aggregators such as IceTV to have free and unencumbered access to guide data in whatever form it may be available.

Overseas, EIT is available to everyone, then on top of that is another layer of aggregation by independent businesses such as IceTV who take the base data and "value-add" with a range of options & services designed to differentiate them from their competitors in the "aggregation" market.

We strongly believe that "open" guide provisioning must be made a condition of the granting of DTV broadcast license, in which case IceTV would never have had to suffer that dreadful action at the hands of Nine.  Further, we are very concerned that the same body who refused to license the data to IceTV and who have now licensed it to Tivo ( = channel 7 !! ), will have no trouble, whenever it suits them shutting the door on all "non-approved" PVR devices and of course "unlicensed" aggregators.

Our campaign has but one goal, change the current situation and allow an unencumbered EPG environment to develop naturally outside the control of the networks.  See our mission page here here and the inro to the petition here.

If what I've said here sits well with you and whoever else reads this thread, please take a few minutes to first sign the petition and then even better, select from our range of pro-forma documents and fire a few off emails or letters to the people (with addresses) we've suggested.

We'd appreciate your support.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2008, 10:03:04 PM by myEPG »


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