[mythtv-users] How does the scheduler handle multiple-episode recordings?

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Mon Apr 16 03:42:10 UTC 2007

On 04/15/2007 10:51 PM, Yeechang Lee wrote:
> The FOX network in the US is tonight debuting a new TV show called
> _Drive_. It will air the first two episodes together. DataDirect lists
> the two episodes in a single entry with combined subtites and
> descriptions, as well as the following episode number:
>       101/102
> Does the scheduler take the above number apart so that future airings
> of just 101 or 102 won't be recorded? If not, can it be made to do so?

The scheduler ignores the episode number (the "syndicatedepisodenumber", 
actually) (as they are made up by different people for different shows, 
follow no set pattern, and are generally useless).  Instead, duplicate 
matching is performed using the programid.  Each program gets a unique 
ID.  When DataDirect shows a 2-hour series premiere made up of 2 
episodes as a single show, you'll note that it has a unique programid 
(i.e. EP8991720001 is not what will be used for episode "101" or "102" 
when they're shown individually).

So, you'll either record them again or have to put a Never Record/Don't 
Record on the episode when they're aired individually in the future.

Oh, and there are good reasons why it works this way.  Basically, search 
for any post by Bruce Markey containing programid and 
syndicatedepisodenumber for details.


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