[mythtv] Feature: Multiple "mark as watched"

Ronald Frazier ron at ronfrazier.net
Tue Sep 13 19:46:01 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com> wrote:
> There would be no need to create a popup
> dynamically sized for the users on the system, because you would only ever
> be affecting that information which corresponds to the current user.

So do you propose to forbid 2 people watching a program at the same
time? Obviously not, but it would be nice if you could mark multiple
people as having watched the show, to save you from having to manually
traverse the menus to mark it for each person.

> No one has really wanted to implement anything less than that, as it would
> appear rather "kludgy", and half hearted.  On the other hand, doing it
> properly is a fairly extensive overhaul of a lot of the MythTV codebase, so
> you can understand why no one has successfully done it yet.

Well, that's the problem. Doing it the "right" way all at once is too
much of an overhaul. I'd propose it has a much better chance of
succeeding if done incrementally. First make it so you can
(optionally) mark a recording rule so that the recording is assigned
to specific users. Then have a menu option for the recording so that
you can manage who still needs to watch it. In the delete prompt box
there would be an extra button to mark it as watched, and if there is
more than 1 user needing to watch a program, the default button would
be to mark it as watched rather than to delete it.

All the stuff about a user logging in, customizing the view,
etc...that can all be worked out later and build off the basics. I
will admit, my opinion may be a little skewed here, since the above
"basics" are the minimum that would satisfy me, and anything more than
that would just be gravy. But I think that's probably a pretty good

Ron Frazier

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