[mythtv-users] Recently Watched Recordings

Joseph Fry joe at thefrys.com
Thu Nov 29 21:05:58 UTC 2012

I didn't think about event triggers... that would work far better than
monitoring the logs... good call.

On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM, Jim Stichnoth <stichnot at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 5:41 AM, Brian Long <briandlong at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I was wondering if there is some way I can query MySQL to determine which
> > recordings (not videos) have been recently watched and at what time they
> > were viewed.  I use a similar feature on NetFlix to ensure my kids aren't
> > watching things they're not supposed to be watching.  It would be nice to
> > know this information from MythTV.
> My wife has asked for this feature -- not for spying on the kids, but
> to help navigate large sets of recordings.  The idea would be to offer
> a Previously Watched screen, similar to Watch Recordings but
> sorted/grouped by timestamp of playback.  (This probably makes it more
> similar to the Previously Recorded screen.)  The screen could be
> filtered by recordings watched on a particular frontend, versus all
> recordings watched on any frontend.  After finding the desired
> recording, you could start watching it immediately, or switch to the
> Watch Recordings context that was active when it was previously
> watched (see example 3 below for more detail).
> Example 1: You painstakingly find just the recording you want, start
> watching, then accidentally hit a jump point key.  You can easily
> resume watching by navigating the Previously Watched screen.
> Example 2: You painstakingly find your recording, start watching, and
> then decide to resume watching on a different frontend.  The
> Previously Watched screen makes this much easier.
> Example 3: You finally start watching your backlog of episodes from
> some series.  For whatever reason, you don't delete or move into a
> different recording group after watching.  If you go away and come
> back after watching an episode, it could be painful to find the next
> episode, so you find the last watched episode in the Previously
> Watched screen, switch to its Watch Recordings context, and then
> easily locate the next episode in the list.
> This of course makes it (too) easy to spy on other people's viewing
> habits, so options for selectively deleting viewing history would also
> be in order.
> Now, cool as that may be, it's probably overkill for the readonly
> spying application.  I would suggest setting up a System Event
> (http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MythTV_System_Events) to log something
> when the Playback Started event triggers.
> Jim
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