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Is it possible to check if a given movie, identified by its title or IMDb id, was either

  • a) screened in German film theaters,
  • b) shown on German TV, or
  • c) distributed as DVD in Germany?

So far I am only aware of http://www.ffa.de/ which shows only the top 20 movies.

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The IMDB data dump contains theater release dates (warning, 46MB file):

ftp://ftp.fu-berlin.de/pub/misc/movies/database/release-dates.list.gz

An example:

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Unfortunately this is only cinema releases, and won't include TV showings or DVD releases. To get TV releases, the data source will probably be TV-specific.

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    Unfortunately the IMDB data is basically useless for most purposes: "The data can only be used for personal and non-commercial use and must not be altered/republished/resold/repurposed to create any kind of online/offline database of movie information (except for individual personal use)." (imdb.com/help/show_leaf?usedatasoftware) Mar 10, 2015 at 14:07
  • @PatrickHoefler, Whether it's useful or not, That depends on where you live in.
    – Pacerier
    Jun 28, 2015 at 8:19
  • @Pacerier would you care to elaborate? Jun 28, 2015 at 9:57
  • @PatrickHoefler, Is there an international law stating you "must not be altered/republished/resold/repurposed to create any kind of online/offline database of movie information"?
    – Pacerier
    Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00

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