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Boollean Search "first run" only

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kenkahn, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. kenkahn

    kenkahn Cool Member

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    When creating a Boolean Search, is there any way to specify that autorecord should only be done for "first run" episodes?
     
  2. Steve

    Steve DIRECTV A-Team

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    Yes. After you enter the search and click AUTORECORD, you're presented with the same options as a Series Link: Show type, Keep, etc.
     
  3. kenkahn

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    I missed that.. thanks..

    Two more questions regarding restrictions I've noticed that, as far as I can tell, are undocumented.

    1) There seems to be a maximum length of the Boolean expression, and it's not that large. This makes this feature a little less iuesful than it could be.

    2) In trying to get around the maximum length limit, I tried to create a Boolean expression using AANY and TTITLE using partial words; e.g. instead of 'warehouse 13' I specified 'wareh'. This did not work; the show wasn't found. Is this a known restriction or is there some way to get around this?
     
  4. Steve

    Steve DIRECTV A-Team

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    Ya. The limit is still 50 characters, I believe.

    There is no stemming capability, AFAIK, so partial words won't find complete words.

    What we here call "boolean search" is really an unsupported feature. If you haven't already, you might want to peruse this thread to see whatever tips and tricks we've come up with over the years: http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/124823-advanced-searchautorecord-help-discussion/
     
  5. dpeters11

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    Be glad it's 50, when the new GUI was released, it originally was shortened to 30 :)
     
  6. CCarncross

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    Be smart about which title keywords you use, and always use the shortest word you can without it being a word in lots of shows. How many movie titles that they show on SyFy have 13 in the title? Maybe a few over the course of a year, how many series? Probably none other than Warehouse 13.

    I watch several shows on SyFy, heres an example of one of mine: Using 13 for Warehouse 13 works fine. You only should use 1 good word from each show title, thats what AANY is for, but it has to be the entire word as you have found.

    AANY 13 DEFIANCE CONTINUUM TTITLE CCHANS 244, then red button, instead of all choose tv types, series, then after results choose autorecord, 1st run both or repeats, keep (your preference), start and end times....I believe my example search is 44 characters which includes spaces. I have 2 dvrs with literally every SL being a boolean search..choosing your words carefully and they work pretty flawlessly and allow you to record easily 150 uniques shows within that 50 series limit on the HR2x series, I goota believe with that logic you could get 300 shows on an HR34/44.
     
  7. kenkahn

    kenkahn Cool Member

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    Thanks for the good advice and suggestions. Even with the restrictions using Boolean expressions is still better in certain circumstances than setting a manual. For example I currently have manuals to record whole blocks of prime time lineups on certain nights. This is frustrating (to me anyway) because the results are bunched together in a single 3 hour block. Using a Boolean expression lets me record the same block of programs separated out in the list (which is especially nice if my wife and I disagree on certain shows).
     

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