Switching TV Show Metadata Providers - Thoughts? (Updated Feb 9, 2021)

Just make the switch and we will build tmdb one show at a time. The sooner you switch the quicker people can get on it. I also really liked the original idea to use tvdb as a fallback but since they are going paid, just make the switch. No half-stepping. If a show you have is missing on tmdb, just add it, simple as that.

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A little late to the party. But is it possible to change between providers of metadata?
As I can see thetvdb and themoviedb doesn’t always categorise tv shows in the same way.
Example, Pokémon. Thetvdb says that there’s only 19 seasons, and themoviedb says there are 23.

Once we make the switch to TMDb, it will no longe be possible to use TheTVDB. The time and effort require to update/maintain access to their newer API just isn’t going to be worth it.

IMDb also has 23 seasons listed, so I guess TMDb is correct?

Another question on the change to TMDB.

With the change in metadata and Infuse internal reference numbers for series and episodes will this affect the watched status?

While my Plex will continue to serve my metadata, maybe there is a compromise to be made for those that get data directly…

While building on the new API’s for TMDB, why not build a global switch and fallback to theTVDB while access is still available? That would mean that any missing data in TMDB requested falls back on theTVDB while its available, and the moment the licensing and access for theTVDB lapses, toggle the global switch and get out of theTVDB loop for good…

This fallback will take a split second to fall back on theTVDB data, but the compromise it enables for missing data, languages and other objects might just be worth it…

I know this is extra work, but surely less than updating an entire API version or having users complain about missing data…

My guess is that theTVDB has gotten greedy and might very well revert as soon as they realise everyone is jumping ship… Pressure on TMDB will increase and they will most likely need more support so it will come with costs eventually…

Also, someone with full access to theTVDB API should be scraping the hell out of the data and populating it on TMDB…

Thanks for the answer. When will you make the change completely to themoviedb ? Is it something in the upcoming infuse 7 ?

James is keeping the first post of this thread updated so keep an eye out there. :wink:

I was originally up for switching but I’m thinking now that it might be a bad idea after all for people with thousands of episodes named and sorted based on TVDb.
Furthermore, TMDB does not support (nor have any plans of supporting) DVD and other alternate ordering of episodes which at least TVDB has even tho no way to access via infuse atm.

Unless you can work on the suggestion linked below, you might end up screwing a lot of folks, some who don’t have access to this blog so they might not even know what’s coming.

My only question right now is why can’t you provide access to both providers considering that Jellyfin is a free alternative that gives you access to both providers?

Better the devil you know…

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The info for shows on TMDb and TheTVDB are very similar, so we don’t expect any major issues here. Trakt is also switching providers, and they put created a tool to compare things side-by-side. While there are some minor differences, most of the content matches up well.

With regard to alternate ordering, the thread you referenced is pretty old, and TMDb does actually support alternate orders for series. This is something we plan to integrate into Infuse in a future update.

Keeping both providers is something we considered, but any app that wants to continue using TheTVDB after they shut down their old APIs in the coming months will need to work to implement their new v4 API, which is quite a bit different. The conclusion we came to is the time that would be devoted to implementing this new API would be better spent on some of the great features found in our Suggestions area, including the one you linked. :slight_smile:

If they support alternate ordering and you can make that accessible by infuse then that would be a big step. That was my biggest issue I guess. That and combined episodes. I also despise the 680x1000 poster low-limit on TVDB and look forward to the higher quality TMDB artwork.

I’ll hold you to this.
Let’s get those 5-6 year old suggestions with massive support worked on and out the way. I’m not gonna lie, it kills me inside everytime I see infuse updated and on the release notes it says NEW… then I see JellyFin/Emby intergration/support instead of features people actually suggested like say, Custom Movie Collections so we don’t have to fight every time with TMDB over their definition of “Collection” , et cetera, et cetera :wink:
Best of luck. Looking forward to infuse 7.


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It will be good for the episodes in two files

In China, there are a large number of Emby users writing content for movies and TV series on TMDB. This makes me very envious because their media library is Chinese content.

If Infuse uses TMDB, this will be a very, very good thing for us Chinese users!



While working on this, please consider the option to “manually add the TMdb code”:

Point Infuse to the specific thetvdb / themoviedb page & language - #11 by thepopol777

Thanks !

Hi. With regards to this switch I have encountered a couple of problems. They cropped up when using filebot to rename files.
Filebot gives you the option to use metadata fetcher - Either TVDB or TMDB.
I noticed that TVDB puts years on some shows where TMDB doesn’t.
As an example - The Flash. TVDB puts (2014) in the filename whilst TMDB doesn’t.
This helps seeing as there are two Flash TV series - One from the 90’s.

Same with New Amsterdam - One series is about a hospital. Another is about a homicide detective. Yet TMDB doesn’t differentiate. (At least when renaming files)

FBI (2018) was “automatically” rename to “The F.B.I - xx” which is a completely different series.

Will this be an issue? Do i now need to have NFO files?
I am now getting worried about all my TV shows metadata going pear shaped…

If you go to TMDb and search one of those with year query they show up right:
“New amsterdam y:2008”
This is how the movies with years work. Doing shows should work the same. Don’t search “new amsterdam (2018)”

Thanks. I can search them on the website, no issue.
But using my renaming software is the issue as it doesn’t put the year in the title when using TMDB for the scrapper.
I was worried that this might have an effect on Infuse once the switch is done, by not having the year in the title when there are shows with same name

Hi again.

I was wondering when the switch to TMDB will happen?
I know I asked this a while back, but it doesn’t seems to have happened yet? So I was wondering if there had been some delay?
If the change have happened, then I have a problem. I have all seasons of Pokemon. On TVDB it only counts 19 seasons, but on TMDB they count 23 seasons. I know that TMDB is the one in the right here, but infuse still seems to be using TVDB scraper, as it can only find metadata for the 19 seasons.

You can check in the upcoming features thread for the most up to date info on new features planned releases.