January 14th 2021

Emby will be blocked from SD-JSON on June 1

It is come to our attention that many Emby users are still using the Schedules Direct data service, despite being told by Emby two years ago they would need to move off.

Schedules Direct is licensed by Gracenote to provide data to only non-commercial (hobbyist) applications. Two years ago, Emby decided to go commercial with the release of Emby Premier, so using our data with Emby is a violation of our terms. Emby sent a notification to its users, and we didn't realize that some people continued to use data from us.

On June 1, 2021 we will block the Emby application from the SD-JSON service.

For the past two years, a warning that use with Emby is not allowed has been on our sign-up page. Many seemed to ignore it.

The predecessor to Schedules Direct (zap2it labs) was shut down partially due to abuse by commercial products. We don't want the same thing to happen to us. Hobbyist applications have no where else to go. Please respect the restrictions placed upon us by the copyright holder.

FYI, even using data obtained by us in an unapproved application using XMLTV or other formats violates those terms.