Behavior, Content, Money – 3 Things you should never give away for free!!!

BCmoney MobileTV

Parser for XMLTV format and SchedulesDirect data

Posted by bcmoney on September 25, 2011 in JavaScript, PHP, Web Services, XML with 2 Comments

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For a long time now, I’ve been a paying customer of SchedulesDirect, and by that token their parent company Zap2it (now a Tribune Media Services company).

Recently, I’ve started publishing my own personal Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) here on BCmoney MobileTV in an accessible format:

One of the secondary goals of my MobileTV project has always been to be able to provide all XMLTV users a venue to easily access and conveniently plan/schedule their TV viewing via the web, on a variety devices (i.e. mobiles/tablets/desktop computers).

Soon I’ll be adding in a User Management feature that allows you to signup for SchedulesDirect and synch your account through BC$, and most importantly, protect your EPG and viewing data by your username and password (this is required to meet the SchedulesDirect usage terms and privacy policy).

I found that GET requests are not supported so technically the Tribune Web Service must still be following the SOAP 1.1 not SOAP 1.2 standard which specifies both GET and POST are acceptable as long as the SOAP request enveloppe is passed via URL.
Since that is not supported, you have to use POST and it also has to have the BASIC authentication information included in the header in the exact pattern:
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XMLTV EPG experiment – American Dad (MTV)

Posted by bcmoney on February 10, 2007 in Multimedia with No Comments

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American Dad (MTV): ”

American Dad

11.02.2007 03:30-04:00 MTV

Stan gets a hefty bonus hit on his salary and some of dreams start come true….

NOTE: Testing an XMLTV Electronic Programming Guide called TV-Browser, looks like it is an excellent piece of software, and if I wanted to share my viewing habits by marking every “saved” show I slot in the “Remind Me” section to be posted to my Blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc… luckily, I am not a share-whore, but I will leave this as a reminder to myself how much TV-Browser rocks!!!

XMLTV EPG experiment – Top 100 All Time American Heroes (VH1 Classic)

Posted by bcmoney on February 10, 2007 in Multimedia with 2 Comments

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Top 100 All Time American Heroes (VH1 Classic): ”

Top 100 All Time American Heroes

10.02.2007 20:00-00:00 VH1 Classic

A countdown of the best bands and artists from America to achieve success in the UK.

BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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