[mythtv-users] SD Program Info Problems

Shawn Flynn sflynn1 at rogers.com
Wed Sep 26 19:49:22 UTC 2007

From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Jon
Sent: September 25, 2007 11:46 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] SD Program Info Problems

On September 25, 2007 at 11:46 PM, Jon wrote:
> On Sep 25, 2007, at 7:38 PM, Steve Peters - Priority Electronics wrote:
>> On September 25, 2007 at 6:50 PM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>>> On September 25, 2007, at 6:45 PM, Steve Peters - Priority Electronics
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Seinfeld, the Simpsons, the fresh prince of bel-air, I love
>>>> at my upcomming recordings, there are a ton of entries for both of
>>>> shows coming up in the next two weeks. The problem is that many of
>>>> not all of them, but i'd say around 25% of them all have some sort of
>>>> info for the recording.
>>>> For example: for the Simpsons, it says: Homer and Marge Simpson raise
>>>> Lisa and baby Maggie. for 15 or so entries during the next two weeks.
>>>> days with that info for the simpsons are sep 30, oct 1, oct 2, oct 7,
oct 8...
>>>> all on fox, but the program info for the simpsons that is good is also
on fox, 
>>>> just on the other days.
>>>> Any ideas anyone?
>>>> -Thanks
>>>> -Steve
>>> Your listing provider does not have any episode-specific information
about those 
>>> showings. Not much you can do about that. You can, however, choose to
either record 
>>> or not record the generic episodes. I believe by default they will
>> Is anyone else having this issue????
>> this never happened once with zap 2 it, and now i have 4 shows like this.
>> -Steve
> While you may not have experienced it, I have seen this behavior with
zap2it as 
> well... but I'm curious as to how you set it to not record generics..... 

I get this a lot with older syndicated shows that are shown multiple times a
day on some stations. It has been this way for as long as Z2L has been
around. If the station gives TMS the specific episode information then TMS
will display a good description, otherwise they will display a generic
episode. Luckily Mythtv understands 'generic episodes' and we can choose not
to record them. For 0.20.2-fixes, I use a Power Search rule to record all
episodes of 'Roseanne' that are not listed as a generic episode. The search
phrase of the rule is...

   program.title = 'Roseanne' AND program.generic = 0

Power Search rules really are an amazing function of mythtv and are on of
the 'killer features' that I show off whenever somebody asks my about my
system (Big thanks to all the devs).  One of my favourite rules is the one I
use to catch the latest season of Doctor Who and many of the other
international or cable network shows which get their Canadian debut three or
more months after their original air date. 'Record new episodes only'
completely misses these shows, but a Power Search like...

   program.title = 'Doctor Who' AND program.originalairdate >

...catches these shows perfectly for me. Try doing _that_ with your cable
company PVR.

Shawn Flynn

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