Supplement XC & MAC Connections With EPG XML

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  • EPG is SLOW on XC and MAC connections.


    XC and MAC connections need to made hundreds (if not thousands of HTTP request to get EPG data).


    M3U + XML is super fast to load EPG because it's a single HTTP request, but you lose catchup ability.


    Most service providers provide XMLTV URLs for their EPG.


    The channel ID's in the XC and MAC API's match the channel ID's in the XMLTV EPG.


    It would be reasonable from a technical standpoint to allow XC + MAC connections to use an XMLTV file for EPG instead of the native API. Just add an optional URL field in the portal settings dialog.


    I would like to request this feature be added to MyTVOnline.


    Thoughts?

  • Yep, I do consider this slow. I prefer the have the guide fully populated instantly, rathering than waiting on each channel to load as I scroll. The XMLTV implementation allows MyTVOnline to populate everything nearly instantly. Again, it's a matter of a single HTTP request as opposed to thousands.

    OK show me faster.

  • I have just bought a formuler z7 box and its all new to me running an androids system, but i have to agree that the EPG is slow to populate compared with an Enigma 2 box [ been running one for 16 years now ] On this system, you have to go into the bouquet to populate the epg, as shown on the video clip that has been put up on this thread, on the enigma 2 system, the EPG populates ALL of the bouquets, and when i go into any of my bouquets, the EPG is already loaded, yes this might been be comparing chalk & cheese, but like i said earlier, this system is completely new to me, I do like the system, but i also like a good epg system, as im a channel hopper, so, yes, it is slow to populate, but it DOES populate, and thats good enough for me..cheers...

    Shit happens :)

  • I have just bought a formuler z7 box and its all new to me running an androids system, but i have to agree that the EPG is slow to populate compared with an Enigma 2 box [ been running one for 16 years now ] On this system, you have to go into the bouquet to populate the epg, as shown on the video clip that has been put up on this thread, on the enigma 2 system, the EPG populates ALL of the bouquets, and when i go into any of my bouquets, the EPG is already loaded, yes this might been be comparing chalk & cheese, but like i said earlier, this system is completely new to me, I do like the system, but i also like a good epg system, as im a channel hopper, so, yes, it is slow to populate, but it DOES populate, and thats good enough for me..cheers...

    The video that I posted was connected through mac adress, but I think if connected through XC or M3U the EPG loads in the background maybe faster depends how large the EPG is, I don't remember because I use now Z8.

  • OK show me faster.

    I'm not sure I would need to. Your video shows EPG loading line-by-line (one HTTP request per channel). With XMLTV EPG, there is no real delay in loading. The entire guide is populated nearly instantly.


    On another note, one of the benefits of XC/MAC is that it can request EPG data beyond the scope of what the XML has (think: last week, next week, etc). One idea to combat this is that the initial guide data could be populated instantly via XMLTV EPG, but then use the API when you start to come across parts of the guide that were not contained in the initial download. This hybrid approach could really be the best of both worlds. Would be a game changer for this box.