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XMLTV is a set of utilities to manage your TV viewing. They work with TV listings stored in the XMLTV format, which is based on XML. The idea is to separate out the backend (getting the listings) from the frontend (displaying them for the user), and to implement useful operations like picking out your favourite programmes as filters that read and write XML documents. is an initiative to create an independent source for tv-listings, intended for swedish users.
EpgDownloader is a written in perl, plugin based programme guide converter. With derivered plugins you can for example download tv schedule from website and export it to xmltv or VDR's format. The idea is to make easy conversion between various programme guides possible. Plugins can have import or export abbilities (or some of it could have it both). EpgDownloader uses common interface to translate one format into another.