Oh God. I am supposed to create, test and debug advanced search queries to properly record my Patriots games? That will take weeks of trial and error to cover all the use cases that change from week to week. I am so sick of this!
If this product was properly designed it would bet smart enough so I could say "Record the Patriots Games". Instead, my DVR decides to record everything BUT the game:
- east coast network feeds that don't work here in la
Maybe someone will be kind enough to post an NFL search string. There just aren't enough hours in the day for me to bother with this.
Try setting up this KEYWORD SEARCH as an AUTORECORD:
patriots & Show Type, Events
It finds several instances of just next Sunday's Pats @ Jets game, and nothing else. If you want an HD version and DirecTV doesn't default to it (which it usually does), you can add HDTV to the search as follows:
AALL patriots HDTV & Show Type, Events
Use with care,l though, because if there is no HD version available, you'll miss the game completely.
AALL Patriots HD CCHAN 700 750 is how i have it...but didn't hit today's Pats/Chiefs game, since HD isn't in the description. had another search AALL Patriots CCHAN 700 750 to pick & choose manually. funny thing is the Pats/Chiefs was available in HD (i'm taping from the NFL ST HD channel). this seems to be a guide updating problem they should ensure they fix (IMO)
On shows that are HD, I haven't found hd to be a reliable keyword. I think it's safer to use hdtv instead.
Also, I wouldn't worry about using CCHAN. If the first "hit" is on a channel you don't receive, the GAMESEARCH function should find the same game on a channel you do receive.
And if you further qualify the search as Show Type, Event, you should only get the games.
I'd actually attack this from a slightly different direction... I'd use...
AALL PATRIOTS EVENTS & Sports & Football
That way you are sure to get nothing but games, and you don't need to worry about any program that isn't football... I hear you on the east coast feeds... They need to get the stupid East Coast DNS feeds correctly working in the CIG. They are the only ones left that ever cause any havoc with any of my ARSL's... I know Gamesearch has worked every time I have needed it, but I haven't ever needed it on a dns feed. It seems like it should work, but because its network channels, it might give a channel not available response rather than a game not autorized one, so I do not know if it will work... a simple option would be to create 3 searches as follows if you do not want to rely on gamesearch, and want to give some priority over where your unit records...
AALL PATRIOTS EVENTS CCHAN 1 69 & Sports & Football
AALL PATRIOTS EVENTS CCHAN 200 299 & Sports & Football
AALL PATRIOTS EVENTS CCHAN 600 999 & Sports & Football
That would cover any channel in the system that shows football, and excludes any and all DNS feeds...