[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #1318: Ignore 'rerun' flag and 'original airdate' when program category == "News"

Robert Tsai rtsai1111 at comcast.net
Sat Feb 18 00:56:15 UTC 2006

On Fri, Feb 17, 2006 at 11:19:14PM -0000, MythTV wrote:
> #1318: Ignore 'rerun' flag and 'original airdate' when program category == "News"
> -------------------------+--------------------------------------------------
>  Reporter:  briand       |       Owner:  xris
>      Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new 
>  Priority:  minor        |   Milestone:      
> Component:  mythweb      |     Version:  0.19
>  Severity:  low          |  
> -------------------------+--------------------------------------------------
>  I *love* how mythweb now indicates which movies, specials, program
>  episodes, etc I've previously recorded (even if they no longer
>  exist in my /video directory)...  but the side effect is that the
>  local and national news are always shown has having been previously
>  recorded.   This is because the "original airdate" in the database
>  is populated with a value usually more than 4 or 5 years ago (in
>  one case, it's dated 1953!! [ABC World News Tonight]), for every
>  instance of the program.
>  I would suggest that the 'rerun' flag and the 'original airdate'
>  column in the program table be ignored when the 'category' ==
>  "News".   That way, mythweb will not indicate that I've previously
>  recorded next week's local 6:00pm newscast.
>  It might be trickier with 'category' == "Newsmagazine" -- they are
>  often also shown with the 'rerun' flag and very old 'original
>  airdate' [CBS 60 Minutes == '1968-09-24']...  but some newsmagazine
>  shows -are- indeed, repeats... a re-televising of a specific
>  episode, or what-have-you.
>  I think my suggestion (above) will work for listings with
>  'category' == "News" ... but not sure we can ever get accurate
>  results with 'category' == "Newsmagazine".

It's not just news. Many of my Conan O'Brien listings (and probably
other late-night talk shows) do the same thing - airdates of some date
in 1990 or something (maybe first airing of the show?). Perhaps you
can record some re-run of Jay or Conan or Dave or someone and see what
happens there ...

Rather than blacklisting certain categories in the oldrecorded table,
it might be better to "whitelist" certain categories -- sitcoms,
movies, drama, etc. I don't know, this could go either way. But with
the whitelisting approach, people know what they tend to record
anyway. I'm thinking this could be something user-configured in
config.php or something, maybe even with some "easy" defaults (movies,
dramas, etc.).

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