Whatever happened to xmlTVNZ?
EPG, HTPC, xmlTVNZ
Wondering where xmlTVNZ has gone? What happened to reven.co.nz?
I won’t go into all the gory details, but a long story short, I had to take xmlTVNZ down. Sky Television New Zealand went on a rampage and served everyone providing a free EPG/TV Guide, and some who weren’t provide one at all (Sub from GB-PVR), a take down order.
At first I tried to fight them on this, stating that xmlTVNZ wasn’t actually breaking any terms and conditions and wasn’t doing anything illegal. In fact it wasn’t even doing anything with www.skytv.co.nz. But they kept coming back through their big scary lawyers saying we will take legal action against you if you don’t take it down. So in the end, I tucked my tail between my legs and backed down. At the end of the day, I couldn’t afford to pursue this, lawyers are expensive you know. I was also 6 weeks away from getting married, which are also expensive.
xmlTVNZ days were always numbered, not because of a take down order, but because of Freeview, and the fact you can now just fetch the EPG directly from that. But if you’re a Mac user, you’re out of luck.
There was a lengthy discussion about it over at GeekZone, and I received great support from the community. So thanks for everyone who supported me over the years and helped out with feedback and bug testing, but xmlTVNZ is gone and it’s not coming back. Well I won’t be supporting it, or developing it. The source code was online for a couple of weeks at Google code, so a few people might still have it.
Thanks for coming.
P.S. If you need a web designer/developer, I’m available :)