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How Fanart.tv Works

Published by: @akovia - April 1, 2016
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Difficulty: Beginner Est Time: Software: Category: General

The Ins and Outs of the Fanart.tv Database

This has been a point of confusion for a long time and I hope to clear this up a bit. There are a couple of key points to remember that will make this easier.

  • Fanart.tv does NOT keep a database of TV-Shows Movies or Music.
  • Fanart.tv DOES source this information from other Databases.
  • Fanart.tv DOES keeps it’s own Database of Images and Pages on our site.

The databases we use to source our information is as follows.

So for instance, if you would search for the movie Tron on our site, we then search through our own Database as well as all of these databases listed above and return every result, categorized by type.

What does this all mean?

There will be times when you will find a problems on our site such as the following:

  • Title not found
  • Incorrect Title
  • no-english-title-set

All of these issues can be traced back to their respective Databases and need to be fixed there. These sites are constantly updating their own information and that doesn’t get propagated to our own site unless we make a new request for that information. (ie.. refresh our info) Once those changes are made at those sites, you can request in our Housekeeping section of the forums to have that Series/Movie/Artist page refreshed, and then this site¬†should reflect those changes.

Each of those sites we source from are community driven sites like our own and rely on our users to help us maintain our databases accurately. We encourage you to create accounts on those sites to be able to make changes when you see something that isn’t right. Of course we also encourage you to read and follow the¬†rules on each site respectively.

Tips on Editing.



We have a tutorial¬†here on how to Add Album to the Database.This can help if you can’t find the album already listed on our site.


For the¬†“no-english-title-set” problem.¬†This usually means the movie was never released in the U.S. and as such needs an English translation for the title to show properly on our site. The proper way to fix this is to first check if an English title has been added already and we just need to refresh it on our site. (see above)

If not, the next step is to check IMDB for an English alias (AKA).  You need to look down the page and find the heading named Details. Under that heading you will see a line named Also Known As. Click the see more link and check for an English or World-wide title. This is what you will enter on TheMovieDB by editing the Alternative Titles Section.


For the¬†“no-english-title-set” problem, the process is actually the same as with movies but with one important difference. Users are not allowed to change the title of series on TheTVDB.com because of rampant vandalism in the past. So to have a title changed or added in a different language you need to make a request.


When the new site is finished, it will be available in multiple languages. So if you are trying to add German series/movie on the German site, you should see the German title by default and there will be no need to have a translated English title. Until then, we only have the English site which means the¬†“no-english-title-set” is actually correct unless someone adds one.

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