We’re currently considering switching from TheTVDb to TMDb for TV show metadata, and wanted to gather some opinions before we make this rather critical decision.
Infuse has used TMDb for movie info since its inception on the ATV2 in 2010, and at the time they did not offer TV show metadata. However, that all changed in 2013, and since then their TV show content levels have matured quite nicely. In our opinion, their offerings now surpass TheTVDb - especially considering TMDb offers hi-res artwork.
For example, here are direct links to the artwork for a recent episode of Doctor Who.
Having access to higher resolution artwork would not only improve the current Infuse experience, but would also open doors for some exciting new design options that simply weren’t possible before.
However, due to Infuse’s historical usage of TheTVDb, our biggest concern is content and ensuring we are not losing anything if we make the switch. The stats currently show the databases are within about 1% of each other with regard to total series coverage.
So what do you think? Which database have you been using lately? Are there any series you notice are listed on one, but not the other? All thoughts and comments are welcome.
** Update 5/11/17 **
Big thanks to everyone who chimed in. We’ve received some great feedback, both in this thread and through other means. As of right now we’re working towards a hybrid model that we believe will give us the best of both worlds.
This approach will consist of:
- Update to TheTVDb's new v2 API (it's faster and better).
- Augment data from TheTVDb with metadata/artwork from TMDb when appropriate (if the TMDb has better artwork, we'll use it).
- Make this 100% automatic to run seamlessly in the background (no silly settings to adjust). :D