"EPG-Buddy" should make EPG grabbing as easy as possible. Up to now a good EPG is one of the most complicated things to achieve in the MP world. Nearly all available sources needs complicated scripting and fiddling with XML files or similar. "On Air" EPG often is of bad quality or not available at all. Available Sources for grabbing EPG data from online sources are hard to configure if you are new to this topic. Here is where EPG-Buddy jumps in. With EPG-Buddy you can configure your EPG wit a few mouse clicks and after you're done your EPG is refreshed completely invisible and automatic on a daily or weekly base. You can use various sources for your EPG data. This includes TVSpielfilm (a fast and free of charge source for German- speaking EPG data), TVGuide.com (a fast and free of charge EPG data source for northern America (USA/Canada/Mexico) and also support for WebGarb+Plus that delivers EPG data for nearly every country in the world. Aside this external downloaded XMLTV compatible xml files can be used and aditionally some payed services like TVMovie- Clickfinder and epgData.com. The user can config one or as many different EPG sources as needed. The user even can use various different accounts on TVGuide.com for various lineups.
EPG-Buddy is compatible with nearly every XMLTV capable TV engine. For Media Portal (1 and 2) not only TVE 3.0 and TVE 3.5 are supported but also some extra comfort functions like reading channel names from TV database are included.
After grabbing and collecting the "raw" EPG data, EPG-Buddy can compare the EPG data with thetvdb.com to get proper season and episodes numbering inside the EPG. The user even can replace the show descriptions in the EPG data with the description from thetvdb.com.
There also is an easy to setup schedule for daily/weekly automated EPG grabbing based on Windows taskplaner.
Installation / Configuration
Simply run the installer. Sometimes there is an extra option at the end of the installation procedure to update your database. This only is necessary if you have a previous version installed. If you install EPG-Buddy for the first time or have uninstalled it completely before the installation, then it is not necessary to run the upgrade tool.