[mythtv] Feature: Multiple "mark as watched"

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 21:26:39 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
> 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
> start.

I agree, in my house (5 of us), we have several shows many or multiple
of us watch, so being able to make sure each "user" is marked works
well. BUT, many of the shows we watch as a group often, but not
always. This is where multi-users would be tough to figure out as a
show that was not watched as marked by all would be held on to, unless
each user went through the hassle of watching it as marked by all.
Though I guess part of the end of playback prompt could have the
option of "Watched by All"? but then you get into the issue of 3 out
of 4 did but the other did not... etc.

I guess in the end it may not work out all that well for our situation
and we'd just not use that feature...
My parents, though, would love it. My mom would never see any of my
dad's soccer recordings and my dad would not have to keep hearing my
mom complain that she has to scroll through a lot of soccer games to
find the shows she wants to watch...

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