Adding Original Air Date to the Guide

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Jlg, Sep 28, 2007.

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  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    It really puzzles me that DirecTV chose not to include OAD info from day one as an aid to the HR20/21 SCHEDULER software. I'm not sure how the SCHEDULER can reliably determine FIRST RUN status without it, since whatever alternative method they are using (EPISODE ID, perhaps?) doesn't seem to be 100% reliable.

    I hope they're not looking for a "repeat" field in the TMS data, because that seems to be totally unreliable. I've seen several prime time repeat shows in the past couple of weeks that had no mention of the word REPEAT in the episode description. Last Thursday's "Without A Trace" comes to mind. /steve
     
  2. lucky13

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    Don't think it's based on the workd "repeat." I've seen many instances where an espisode not labeled as repeat is not on the ToDo list with a first-run series link. Cjecking an on-line espisode guide or the description shows that it's a repeat after all. So the HR2x is picking the repeat cue up from somewhere else.

    Maybe it's getting original broadcast date info and just not passing it along.
     
  3. Steve

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    Could very well be. However they're doing it, apparently it's not working 100% of the time based on others' recent experience. Perhaps the recent fixes to the SCHEDULER to improve missed-recording problems affected something else? /steve
     
  4. CliffV

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    I, too, miss 'original air date'.

    The best way I found to get this information is to look up the episodes on tv.com. tv.com is consistently more up to date on recent episodes than imdb.com is.
     
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