A couple of days ago I added information about a 2000/2001 movie starring Erika Elniak called “The Opponent” to themoviedb.org. Themoviedb.org is a community-driven movie site with less clutter than IMDB, and it’s commonly used by scrapers (a program that scrapes information from a web site) like the one in XBMC.
I own the pictured DVD for “The Opponent,” but when I scraped it with XBMC I kept getting the movie “Alien Opponent,” a totally different movie. So I posted an inquiry on the XBMC forums and learned the API usually takes 48 hours to work. 48 Hours later I tried and the only result was still “Alien Opponent,” so I decided to try the IMDB scraper…
Not only did the IMDB scraper pick up the correct information, but it picked up the backdrops I uploaded to themoviedb.org. There’s no chance these backdrops were uploaded to IMDB by anyone (I didn’t upload them to IMDB) else, because I uploaded several from different areas of the movie and all of the backdrops available were those I sent to themoviedb.org. It’s as if IMDB scrapes themoviedb.org before the XBMC API can.
So if you add movies to themoviedb.org and don’t want to wait until the API catches up to the web site, try switching to the IMDB scraper, which seems to scrape themoviedb.org quickly.