[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #2320: Add a 'watched' flag to recordings

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 13:57:29 UTC 2006

On 9/7/06, Stuart Morgan <stuart at tase.co.uk> wrote:
> On Thursday 07 September 2006 13:58, Simon Kenyon wrote:
> > sky tv's DVR marks a program as watched if (how can i put this) you
> > watch it.
> > any of it. it makes not distinction about how much of it you watch.
> >
> > maybe use the model from email clients
> > if you watch more than a minute, then mark it "watched"
> Well I frequently watch parts of a recording to fill time (say before I have
> to go out). Under those circumstances I wouldn't really want it to be marked
> as watched ...
On 9/7/06, Stuart Morgan <stuart at tase.co.uk> wrote:
> On Thursday 07 September 2006 12:59, Steven Adeff wrote:
> > Also, how do you intend to track what was actually watched and what
> > was FFWD'd through?
> You'll have to explain a bit better. Why would anyone FFWD through something
> but not watch it? If you are marking it up for transcoding then the watched
> flag is reset after transcoding. You can also select 'Mark as unwatched' from
> the recording menu.

I do the 1/2 watch a show to waste time before going out as well.
Sometimes I'll also jump through a recording, like say one of the late
night talk shows, to see if I will have any interest in seeing it
later. Or I'll jump to the end, watch just the band and then later
possibly watch an interview.

> I have given some thought to having a couple of different watched states -
> i.e. started watching, half watched and finished watching
> So you might see something like that in the future.

I'd like to see how you get that integrated into the autoexpire logic!

> > I also think a basic way to enable or disable the feature would be
> > nice. I don't really need or want to use such a feature, though I can
> > see how those with smaller recording drives would find it useful.
> I'm all for choice, but I'd at least like to hear a good argument against it
> first :) We're trying to reduce the number and complexity of settings.

I have a large recording drive. I don't necessarily need this. If its
been 2 weeks and I haven't watched something, I either don't care
(like it was a filler recording, I record a lot of FoodTV and Adult
Swim reruns for this) or I've decided I want to watch it, but perhaps
later, and will disable autoexpire.

> In most cases if you wanted to re-watch something you would either disable
> autoexpire for it or mark it as unwatched.

That's one more step I don't need or require for my usage. I agree on
trying to keep options to a minimum, but then we fall into the
Windows/MacOS trap of not giving the user enough control over how they
use the software. Hopefully the SoC Settings project will alleviate
the "Settings Hell" MythTV seems to be. As a default I would have no
problem having this setting on, I see it being quite useful for a
majority of users, as long as it is possible to disable in the
"Advanced" section for people like me.

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