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Accessing Windows Media Center EPG data from C# programs

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  • I'd like to write a program to search the listings WMC has downloaded for my cable system so I can have it specify which programs to record.  I found a class that describes the lineup (Microsoft.MediaCenter.TV.Epg.Lineup) but it doesn't list what's airing when.  I also found a namespace (Microsoft.MediaCenter.TV.Scheduling Namespace) that lists what is scheduled to record, but that doesn't list what is about to be aired, but isn't yet scheduled for being recorded.  Then I found the MXF file format, but the data appears to be spread over several MXF files.  There's a LoadMXF executable, but that appears to only import the MXF into the data store, where ever that is.

    So the documentation I found just dances around what I want.  So here's the acid test: I want to record all NEW Major League Baseball games involving the Cardinals.  The problem is the channel changes a lot.  Most of the time, it's on FSN Midwest.  But sometimes Fox, FS1, or ESPN pick the Cardinals game up.  In those cases, it won't be on FSN Midwest.  To make things harder, the Cubs play the Cardinals for something like 5% of the games.  In those cases, the game might be on both WGN and FSN Midwest (or Comcast SportsNet and FSN Midwest).  In those cases, I'd rather watch the FSN Midwest broadcast and ignore the WGN/CSN broadcast unless there is no FSN option.

    So now you see the problem.  I have no idea what forum to ask in.  It doesn't help MS doesn't seem to believe that anyone should discuss WMC anymore.  But the open source PVR programs can't play DRM content. :(


    Will Pittenger

    Sunday, April 17, 2016 11:58 PM

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  • Hi Will,

    Thank you for visiting the MSDN forum. I’m afraid that it is not the correct forum about this issue, since this forum is to discuss Visual C#. I am moving your question to the moderator forum ("Where is the forum for..?"). The owner of the forum will direct you to a right forum. Thanks for your understanding.

    Best regards,

    Kristin



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    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:43 AM
  • Since media center was discontinued in 2009 there no longer are MSDN forums for development. You could possibly try here.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsdesktop/en-US/home?forum=windowsgeneraldevelopmentissues

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server]

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    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 11:28 AM
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  • Thanks.  I posted there.  Not sure if such a broad forum will help or not.  Maybe MS needs some forums for "older" products.  Those don't just disappear.

    Will Pittenger

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 12:43 AM
  • Also try over here.

    https://sourceforge.net/p/epgcollector/discussion/1125945/

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 4:46 AM
    Moderator
  • That product didn't look very helpful.  Are you suggesting asking them just as developer to developer?  I couldn't tell from their description if they supported WMC at all.

    Will Pittenger

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:52 PM
  • May have to ask them and see what you get. The microsoft media center dev forums are long gone from here so your best shot is a non microsoft forum or possibly over here.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/home?forum=csharpgeneral

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:34 PM
    Moderator
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016 5:20 AM
  • Seems there are no other microsoft forums options since the product has been abandoned. I'd try some such as stackoverflow or others you can search for.

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Sunday, April 24, 2016 6:49 AM
    Moderator
  • For those that propose anything mentioned as an answer, I don't consider it one.  If I had posted this thread in this forum to start with, I might have an answer.  However, I actually put it in another forum.  I won't have an answer until the original question is answered.

    Will Pittenger

    Monday, May 02, 2016 10:13 PM