Monopolies never cease to amaze me.
anyone who doesnt know EPG stands for Electronic Program Guide. A
fairly large number of people in SA (1400 roughly) chose not buy a PRV
decoder from multichoice, or like me we built our HTPC's years before
multichoice even launched their PVR. For our HTPC (Home Theatre
PC) to run smoothly we need a EPG, so that we have access to the
DSTV guide to set recordings and so forth.
Luckily a JHB based
programer took it apon himself to write a EPG scraper to gather the
guide in XML and host these 30day files for us to download and import
into our systems. This worked great for more than 3 years, while
DSTV ignored our requests for them to actually provide the EPG data
themselves. Suddenly they take this approach:
and their response is this:
Official Company Statement
MultiChoice has the responsibility to protect itself from actions which may
harm its business or compromise the integrity of its broadcast platform. These
actions may include the unauthorized use of its material for any other
MultiChoice would like to reiterate that our broadcast content is intended
only for transmission to our set top box, and not for transfer thereafter, to
any other third party set top box/ device in which our encryption / AC software
is not present, as we cannot guarantee that it will not be copied or pirated.
Unfortunately the company will have to take action against parties who are
copying our EPG for purposes of transferring, and pirating or copying our
channel providers content.
they saying all VCR activity is illigal? ;) or TV's with harddrive
capacity built in? We all own dstv decoders, are paying
subscribers, we have every right to record shows, and as the guide
is puplic domain, we have every right to it in an electronic form.
Really now... how top secret are tv show times? ;)
really bewilders me, when they should be gearing for actual
competition in the broadcasting space, they choose to attack a small
tech savvy portion of their PAYING subscribers. There is no way any
of these user will succumb and buy an inferior black box PVR (even
though its not a horrendous product - it would be moving backwards).
Its safe to say, we WILL make a plan and if we individually have to EPG scrap the dstv site for our data... we will.