I am looking for a downloadable, always up to date and structured comprehensive dataset of movies and TV shows.

I found this question and it does have some answers - DBPedia and Freebase, but they do not provide the same kind of comprehensive data+images that TheTVDB/TheMovieDB have.

Essentially what I need is a structured dataset with the data TheMovieDB/TheTVDB/IMDB have. Scraping/downloading this from an API is also an option, as long as the given service has a reasonable limit which would allow retrieving their whole dataset in a couple of days.

I would imagine there's a paid service that would sell this kind of data?

Details on what kind of information I need:

  • Title, first aired/release year, certification, description, tagline
  • Genres
  • Cast, directors, etc.
  • IMDB Rating
  • TV show specific info: episodes (name, release date), seasons, runtime, status (ended/active), air date
  • Posters/images Any additional data might be useful

Any ideas?

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    can you share an example (i guess url) of one of the datasets? anyone will do...i can guess, but want to make sure. i want to see i got you covered, so give me a url. please
    – albert
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 0:45
  • thetvdb.com/data/series/79349/all/en.xml This is for a TV show. Ideally I'd get it in JSON, but it doesn't matter that much - conversion is easy. As for a movie, docs.themoviedb.apiary.io/#get-%2F3%2Fmovie%2F%7Bid%7D I am looking for a collection, as comprehensive as possible, of structured data like that. Thanks.
    – Ivo
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 9:14
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    What information are you looking for? The example that you have includes schedule information (when & what channel the show is on). It also has a summary, which is copyrightable. For movies, access to schedule data generally costs money (we used Hollywood.com when I had to do this ~15 years ago to get schedules & trailers).
    – Joe
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 19:20

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About the TV shows I know a great site (eztv) with a list of airplay, info, trailers etc, but I cannot find anywhere about copywrite. Maybe you can contact with them and ask them about it.

Link: https://eztv-proxy.net/showlist/

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