These are just some examples, but for movies you'd be querying imdb.com and for TV shows thetvdb.com. You can get all the meta data for movies and tv shows from there. There are other sites as well, but these are the top 2. You'll be dealing with usenet headers, so you'll need to become familiar with the protocol. You'll also be working a lot with regex. That's about all I'll tell you, but should be enough to get you pointed in the right direction Goodluck!