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phundisk
July 21st, 2009, 12:25 PM
UPDATE: ** No longer working on disney channel app. It is open if anyone wants to take the challenge!**

I am interested in building an app for boxee based only on Disney Channel content. (http://disney.go.com/videos/#/videos/tvshows/) I feel like boxee is lacking a lot of kids programming and hey, some of those shows are funny.

I have not researched too much into the logistics of this project or even if it is feasible. I have been working with python for a while now but am not 100 percent proficient. So I have a few questions...

Has this already been done?
Is this even possible?
Will it get shutdown/shutoff?
Does anyone want to help contribute or trouble shoot my code?

DPK
July 21st, 2009, 01:13 PM
Has this already been done?
Is this even possible?
Will it get shutdown/shutoff?
Does anyone want to help contribute or trouble shoot my code?

Haven't seen an app for this.

Yes, this app should be possible. You will probably have to do some research (packet monitor with Wireshare or something) on where the video data is being pulled from to try and just display the video. I say this because it looks like Disney's primary interface for everything is flash. You'll probably have to use some boxee javascript to manipulate the player.

Odds are that Disney won't care. I haven't seen any apps (and there's quite a few by this point) that have been forced out of existence yet, outside of hulu. Even with hulu, that's still alive and kicking in a different form today.

There's a lot of us app devs that hang out on here willing to help troubleshoot, you just have to ask questions. :)

phundisk
July 21st, 2009, 04:43 PM
It seems getting the actual video location is seeming to pose problems.

I will continue to try but if anyone has experience with pulling these locations or videos it would be greatly appreciated. But this is some stuff I have so far...

http://a.media.global.go.com/ Seems this is where the ads are located, and maybe the shows as well. I get a 403 (forbidden) error though.

68.140.90.153
68.142.90.145 These seem to be where most of the flash is being transmitted from. This was got from wireshark.

GetFLV (program that gets flv (flash) files) works wonderful on most flash sites, but ABC/Disney seems to circumvent this well.

**For time sake, if this is not easily approachable I would rather work on another boxee app for another service as I would like to contribute anything to Boxee**

DPK
July 21st, 2009, 04:50 PM
Wow their video player really does blow now that I take a good look at it. I'll investigate with Wireshark for a bit and let you know my overall opinion.

DPK
July 21st, 2009, 07:00 PM
This would probably be a good place to start:
http://a.dolimg.com/media/en-US/dxd/data/config.xml

Samples of xml playlists that contains some stream filenames:
http://home.disney.go.com/dxd/dynamic/fspPlaylist?id=320404
http://home.disney.go.com/dxd/dynamic/fspPlaylist?id=320442

Ad xml:
http://disney.go.com/dxd/data/ads/efsp_ad.xml?cacheID=1248216507327&clip=/disneychannel/tween/tvshows/phineas/dcbb_dnl01255_eng-dep102601_large.flv&playlistID=169429&contentID=320442&channelID=153586

Ad video file:
http://a.media.global.go.com/abccable/disneychannel/video/ads/dcbb_dnl02196_eng-p8317601_sv001.flv

Got all the above by doing a few different tasks with their player and running Wireshark a few times in the process. Then scanning for any occurance of GET requests for XML files. Especially right before Wireshark starts dumping a lot of macromedia video crap to its log window.

There's definitely a lot to their player and how their stuff is organized. The media is actually fairly accessible it would seem, you just need to spend some time looking for it. You'll have to reverse engineer what they are storing, where, and in what order would you have to look at files to get the right data to display.

Even then there data isn't the prettiest in the world so you'd probably have to write a custom php script that would parse it all and generate a nice pretty version for your own app.

This app would be doable, but it'll take some work. With you being a new app developer to boxee, you might want to pick a different app (Cartoon Network maybe?) and get your feet wet first before tackling something like this.

That or if you feel like there's good odds you could contact Disney directly and try to work out a deal for more open content access just for your app. They might surprise you and be willing to help with video, graphics, etc. Who knows, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.

phundisk
July 21st, 2009, 08:19 PM
You are right. I would like to move on and try and get cartoon network working, but that sounds like a task to start tomorrow..

If anyone wants to take the Disney Challenge, its open.

paul996
July 22nd, 2009, 06:08 PM
Yes to Cartoon Network. My kids will rejoice! :)

You are right. I would like to move on and try and get cartoon network working, but that sounds like a task to start tomorrow..

If anyone wants to take the Disney Challenge, its open.

Guitar1969
July 15th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Was wondering if anybody has done anything with a Disney Channel App. I have realized that nobody out there is doing anything for this channel(Zinc, Playon, Boxee,WMC, Yahoo, Etc).

This is the one piece of the puzzel I can't complete for my family

jonyroger
July 20th, 2010, 04:52 AM
These application is good to share with us. Media is actually quite simple, it seems, you only need to spend time looking for him. Need to dismantle what they have stored, where and in what order you want to view the files seem to have the correct information.