[mythtv-users] EPG display of repeats/reruns and program schedule

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Sat Jan 6 18:56:50 UTC 2007

On Jan 6, 2007, at 10:25 AM, Mr. Demeanour wrote:

> Rusty Lingenfelter wrote:
>> 1) Is there a theme, etc. that I can use to display whether or not a
>> program is a repeat/rerun?
> I didn't realise that the schedules contained any programmes that
> weren't re-runs :-)
>> 2) Is there a way to schedule programs to watch and not record.
> I would also like to see such a feature (but note that in reality,
> anything you watch *is* recorded). AFAIK the feature does not exist.
> WORKAROUND: schedule the item to be recorded (and schedule other  
> things
> to be recorded, in such a way that all tuners are being used for
> recordings at the time the programme starts). Then you will be  
> prompted
> at programme start-time to (a) watch while recording, (b) return to
> menu, or (c) cancel the scheduled recording and continue to watch  
> LiveTV.
> So the feature that I'd like to see would allow me to mark a scheduled
> recording so that I am notified by the UI when it starts recording,  
> and
> can click a button to start watching the new recording from the
> beginning. I'd guess this would be pretty trivial to implement. The
> gotcha arises from the fact that there can be multiple frontends
> running, or none; the simplest thing would be to display the alert on
> any frontend that happens to be running.

The problem (as you point out) is that this feature makes sense for a  
single frontend system, however if I'm watching something in one  
room, I don't want to be prompted that some recording is starting and  
someone in the other room might want to watch it. You'd have to start  
associating recordings with the frontend that requested them and only  
alert that frontend when a program is about to start.
However, I can't imagine any of this ever getting implemented since  
none of the developers use LiveTV for more than testing tuners.

To the original poster, you may find that using recordings will fit  
your lifestyle better (as I have). The whole idea of a PVR is that  
your personal time is no longer dictated by programming executives.  
Set your programs to record and get to the TV when it's convenient  
for you. All your nightly programs will be there waiting for you.  
Also, if you watch it after the actual start time, you gain much more  
of your time back by not having to sit through commercials. (Very  
often, without even touching the remote.) Your time is too important  
to be controlled by the TV and wasted by commercials. This is why  
none of the developers watch LiveTV. They're too busy writing code! :)

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