Which API call does infuse do to tvdb to get the artwork of a season?

As the title states… what API call does infuse do (in my case for ATV, but not sure it matters) to obtain the season artwork of a series?

I have a series for which a random ugly image is displayed. Probably because there was no artwork for its only season. So I added the poster on tvdb but infuse doesn’t show it.

Anyone knows or has some advice? I have moved from “local metadata” to “online metadata” to trigger new changes to take effect.


…Or does infuse proxies calls to the tvdb through their own endpoint and if so do they cache the results? If so how often are they purged?

When you add to TVDB it may take a day or so for them to start serving it out so I’d suggest doing an Edit Metadata and re-selecting the correct choice every so often to see if it’s being made available yet.

I’ve added a few posters and I just try a few times until it updates.

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Thanks. Will check in some days then. For now 24hs and still no changes.

If you want to provide the name of the series and which poster you uploaded I’ll see what I get from TVDB.

Thanks. Yes please. I don’t think I’m understanding how infuse+thetvdb works. Sometimes the image is displayed and sometimes it is not even if it’s presented in the same way on tvdb. Out of all the mods I did only one took effect.

Example: Taiheiki - TheTVDB.com
This had a poster for the series. no poster for the season. Though from other shows it seems it doesn’t matter: the poster for the season, if missing, is inherited from the main show poster (if I understood correctly… that is…)

Infuse recognizes the show (I have only the folder for season1, which should ok – it’s just not cool at all to have a Season subfolder for shows with only 1 season…) but it doesn’t display the poster artwork and shows the first episode poster. Files are like the below (the namescheme of YEAR - SHOW works for many others.

 $ ll 1991\ -\ Taiheiki/*.mkv | head -2
 1991 - Taiheiki/Taiheiki.S01E01.mkv
 1991 - Taiheiki/Taiheiki.S01E02.mkv
 $ ll 1991\ -\ Taiheiki/*.mkv | tail -2
 1991 - Taiheiki/Taiheiki.S01E48.mkv
 1991 - Taiheiki/Taiheiki.S01E49.END.mkv
 $ ll 1991\ -\ Taiheiki/*.mkv | wc -l

Thanks in advance for the help

Thanks for the info.

We’re looking into this specific case to see if we can understand why this poster is not appearing.

Hello James, were you able to understand the issue? Thanks

This appears to be a quirk with the current TheTVDB API.

We’ll be transitioning to TMDb this spring, and this will likely no longer be an issue at that point.

Hello James,

Thanks for answering. Do you have an idea of when in spring are you targeting the switch? So basically Infuse will then get all info/cover from the same source (TMDb) ? Are we planning a phased released to allow people to migrate?

This sounds very promising as to unify all queries towards a single source of truth, but at the same time scary given all the time many users spent configuring and renaming their assets to match TheTVDB. I myself had to rename thousands and thousands (and thousands…) of stuffs to match Infuse’s “we need S01 for miniseries” logic or seasons layout as provided by TheTVDB.
As per some random spot-checking, I can already see that the two DBs use different seasons layout for many shows… it’s going to be a blood bath!

Are you planning on running some “field” beta-testing with real libraries which contain non-mainstream shows before the switch? If so please, contact me. Also please consider providing a method to gradually switch to avoid crippling libraries!


It will be this Spring.

During the transition we’ll be doing extensive internal testing, making versions available to our beta testers as well. This will allow us to manage the transition in the best way possible.

You can sign up for the beta here.

Howdy James – this wasn’t in 6.6.4, right? Any updated schedule yet?


You can see what’s on the list for future releases here

You can also see what features were included in past releases here :wink: