[mythtv-users] UK scheduling problem (news in the middle)

Nick Morrott knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 17:35:20 UTC 2008

On 28/09/2008, Mattias Holmlund <mattias.holmlund at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 8:32 PM, Edmund <edmund.1 at dial.pipex.com> wrote:
> > In the UK it is quite common for a programme to start in the evening and
> > then stop halfway through. Prime time nightly news is then broadcast and
> > then previous programme concludes after the news.
> >
> > It is scheduled this way. It is particularly common with films broadcast
> > on ITV1 and Five.
> >
> > My myth settings are such that only the first part is being recorded.
> > Clearly if I spot such a situation I can manually record both parts.
> >
> > Has anyone else come up with a solution for this?
> >
> This information will probably not help you directly since you cannot
> control the data delivered by tv_grab_uk_rt yourself, but it may be
> interesting nonetheless.
> We have the same problem with interrupted broadcasts in Sweden. I provide
> the scheduling data for tv_grab_se_swedb and I have chosen to solve this by
> treating these broadcasts as different part-numbers in the xmltv episode-num
> field. The first part will have episode-num " . . 0/2 " and the second will
> have " . . 1/2 ". I can then tell MythTV to record all episodes of this
> programme. It won't work correctly if the programme is aired twice, since it
> may be interrupted at two different places so that part 1 from the first
> broadcast and part 2 from the second broadcast may not contain the entire
> programme if you add them together. But I have never seen this happen in
> Sweden.

I can have a look at implementing a similar feature in tv_grab_uk_rt.
In my experience the main culprit has been ITV1 showing films with the
news in the middle, and a quick fix is to either use an 'Any time on
this channel' schedule and disable duplicate detection for the
specific recording, or create 2 separate rules for each part.

I don't use EIT data for channels with data supplied by the Radio
Times, but I'll have a look at getting this working for XMLTV users..

Nick Morrott

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