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#41 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

I'm trying to set up a Boolean sports search according to the FAQ document. It recommends I use a the categories and sub-categories. Great, except I have to come up the the "&" symbol to do this. I can't find it on the keypad. I though it might be under the Dash but while there are other punctuation marks there, there's no ampersand.

Where is the ampersand?

I think my search for Wisconsin basketball games would need to be four:

AALL WISCONSIN EVENTS CCHANS 2 69 & Sports & Basketball
AALL WISCONSIN EVENTS CCHANS 206 220 & Sports & Basketball
AALL WISCONSIN EVENTS CCHANS 610 613 & Sports & Basketball
AALL WISCONSIN EVENTS CCHANS 668 669 & Sports & Basketball

Does this look right? Any way I can set these four different channel ranges in one search? Do I even need to set these four different channel ranges? Could I go CCHANS 2 669?

Also, how would I limit this search to just mens college basketball games for the Wisconsin state school system?


Try adding nnot womens right after events. Otherwise, looks good, and yeah, the & is as the next poster mentions. :)

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#42 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:10 PM

Carl, I wouldn't worry about channel numbers, if this works for you:

AALL wisconsin live NNOT womens & SPORTS, BASKETBALL

Tried it here, and it looks good. Like Rich said, '&' means go to the category screen. I like using 'live' for games.


Yeah' that will cause issues if its anything like UCLA. He will get all kinds of post game shows and such. And often times games are on other RSNs you don't get and screws it up to because cig doesn't work right and that can cause game search to not work 100% of the time, which is why I use cchans as modifiers.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

EVENTS is not a search term? I assumed I need AALL because I'm searching WISCONSIN EVENTS.

Thanks for the help, guys. I think I've got it. At least it looks right.

I'm figuring this out for a friend, the proverbial little old lady who's 80+ and scores every Wisconsin basketball game she can watch real time. She has dozens of binders on the shelf filled with the play by play of Wisconsin college basketball games from all the different state schools going back years. She's a kick.


Events is a search term. ,the format you used has never failed me once. And I never use live. Always events. Live picks up pre and post game shows for me. Depends n how different channels code those shows, but they all code games as events, wether they are live or not.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

Events is a search term. ,the format you used has never failed me once. And I never use live. Always events. Live picks up pre and post game shows for me. Depends n how different channels code those shows, but they all code games as events, wether they are live or not.

For some reason when I tried that Wisconsin search, "events" didn't work and "live" did. I may have entered a typo without realizing it.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

For some reason when I tried that Wisconsin search, "events" didn't work and "live" did. I may have entered a typo without realizing it.


I won't tell you mad I was that I was missing lots of angles games at the start of the season one year, only to find I had spelled it wrong. ;)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

I won't tell you mad I was that I was missing lots of angles games at the start of the season one year, only to find I had spelled it wrong. ;)

Like now!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Like now!

!rolling


The Angles are an LA pool and billiards team.....:lol:
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

Carl, I wouldn't worry about channel numbers, if this works for you:

AALL wisconsin live NNOT womens & SPORTS, BASKETBALL

Tried it here, and it looks good. Like Rich said, '&' means go to the category screen. I like using 'live' for games.


Would it be WOMENS or WOMEN'S

I put an apostrophe when I set my NNOT as BTN shows lots of women's basketball.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

I believe punctuation like that is ignored..can you even get an apostrophe?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

I've found DirecTV search ignores punctuation, so "womens" finds "women's".
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

AALL michigan state events NNOT womens & SPORTS, BASKETBALL


When I set up the above, it also includes all University of Michigan games (which nobody wants to watch). How do I correct that?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

AALL michigan state events NNOT womens & SPORTS, BASKETBALL


When I set up the above, it also includes all University of Michigan games (which nobody wants to watch). How do I correct that?

Try removing the AALL and events. Then it should only match the exact phrase "michigan state". Use the category page to select events, since football is over for now.

So michigan state NNOT womens & SHOW TYPE, EVENTS
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:45 PM

But won't that pick up hockey and baseball and all the other sports that air on the BTN and others?

edit: Yes, just tried that and it picks up hockey and wrestling and everything else.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

Also figured out that my original search wasn't bringing up all UofM games, but only the games when UofM played someone with "State" in their title (i.e. Ohio State, Penn State, etc.). Not sure how to get around that.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

But won't that pick up hockey and baseball and all the other sports that air on the BTN and others?

edit: Yes, just tried that and it picks up hockey and wrestling and everything else.

You're limited to 50 characters, so you can say the following, which should work until baseball starts.

michigan state NNOT womens hockey wrestling & SHOW TYPE, EVENTS
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

Also figured out that my original search wasn't bringing up all UofM games, but only the games when UofM played someone with "State" in their title (i.e. Ohio State, Penn State, etc.). Not sure how to get around that.

Searching for the exact phrase "michigan state" fixes that. Haven't tried it, but search above should work.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

OK. Just discovered an undocumented (AFAIK) feature! Try this search. use the dash key to get cycle through the special characters to get parentheses:

AALL (michigan state) events NNOT womens & SPORTS, BASKETBALL

Works here.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

You're limited to 50 characters, so you can say the following, which should work until baseball starts.

michigan state NNOT womens hockey wrestling & SHOW TYPE, EVENTS


That seems to work, as long as the BTN doesn't air the badminton or bowling championships.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

That seems to work, as long as the BTN doesn't air the badminton or bowling championships.

Try the new one in post #57, with the parentheses.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

OK. Just discovered an undocumented (AFAIK) feature! Try this search. use the dash key to get cycle through the special characters to get parentheses:

AALL (michigan state) events NNOT womens & SPORTS, BASKETBALL

Works here.


Bingo.

I was hoping there was a way to use quotes, and the parentheses seem to do just that.

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