How to record exact title only from wish list?

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  1. Oct 2, 2007 #1 of 11
    John Sydney

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    For the past four years I have been waiting patiently for the film IF - by Lindsay Anderson, to appear in my now playing list. I have this film set to auto record from the wish list. None of my channels has shown it to date.

    I do, however, get several films a week with "If" included in the tiltle - I sometimes remember to check the season pass manager and delete them ahead of time but usually end up with several recorded.

    Is there a way to ensure that only the exact title specified is recorded? I have tried enclosing the title in quotation marks but that does not work.

    Regards,

    John Sydney
     
  2. Oct 2, 2007 #2 of 11
    MikeyB

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    Try a keyword list, using the words "If" and "Lindsay Anderson". This should make sure that the name and the word "If" appear somewhere in the listing.
     
  3. Oct 2, 2007 #3 of 11
    John Sydney

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    Thanks, will try your suggestion - Maybe one day I will be able to see if it works!
    Don't know why this film is never shown perhaps because it don't have no car chase - does have a great gun battle though!
     
  4. Oct 3, 2007 #4 of 11
    archaic0

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    I too wish the wishlist could be more exclusive. I wish there was a way to indicate that you've typed in the entire title and for Tivo not to record anything with a title that has more than what you typed. Many one word shows as wish lists end up recording hundreds of extra things.

    However, for your specific situation... why not just hit blockbuster or netflix... both have it... you could have seen it 4 years ago. *smile* Or buy it from Amazon if you reall like it that much.

    Just out of curiosity though, why would you wait 4 years for a movie that you can simply grab today? I'm not trying to be critical, just very curious.

    http://www.netflix.com/Movie/If.../70042303?trkid=189530&strkid=902903249_2_0

    http://www.blockbuster.com/catalog/movieDetails/41634

    http://www.amazon.com/If-Criterion-...5-1315358?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1191428304&sr=8-1
     
  5. Oct 3, 2007 #5 of 11
    ZikZak

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    Advanced Wishlists are back in System 9. Once you get the update, you'll be able to specify multiple search fields.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2007 #6 of 11
    archaic0

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    In the OP case, knowing the title and producer makes this work I guess, but most times I only know one thing, like the title.

    Does the Advanced wishlist actually let you specify exclisive or just multiple search criteria?

    Say for example, I want to record "House" but don't know the producer, or genre, or whatever. I only know the title. What options does the advanced wishlist give me to filter out "this old house"?
     
  7. Oct 3, 2007 #7 of 11
    mick66

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    If all you know is that the title is "house" a Tivo even with the new advanced wish list feature, can not do anything more than find programs with "house" in the title. It would need more information to include or exclude anything. Contrary to popular belief, TiVo does not have psychic, magical or any other type of supernatural abilities.

    I'd recommend that anyone who only knows the title, but needs more information use google or imdb.com
     
  8. Oct 3, 2007 #8 of 11
    archaic0

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    Well I'm not asking Tivo to be psychic, only to search for ONLY what I type, nothing more.

    SQL examples to illustrate my point...

    Current:
    SELECT * FROM`listings` WHERE `title` CONTAINS 'house';

    But it would be nice to be able to choose this instead sometimes:

    SELECT * FROM`listings` WHERE `title` = 'house';

    That's all I'm saying. Google lets you do such things with a plus sign or quotes in your searches and that same logic could be used for wishlists. Quotes around something make it an exact exclusive search. That's really the only logic that would be needed.

    The only time I think about wishlists is when I hear about a new show coming out next season or something and would like to not forget about it. Looking on IMDB and getting the producer and actors may help, but with the occassional guide data missing, that can't be relied on. I would still have to manually keep my eye on the release of the show and if I'm going to have to babysit it anyway, then why even have a wishlist?

    Because the guide data is incomplete on occassion, I guess I just don't trust any of the info being there except the show title. You can bet that the one time I'm really looking forward to a season premiere of a new show called "bob" staring "bob smiley" and make a wishlist containing all the info I can gather, is the time that the show will have guide data reading "a show about a guy". (which isn't very often, but that it happens at all is enough to not trust it)

    And the "a show about a guy" comment isn't far fetched, that's an actual description I saw one time. Along with descriptions for CSI of "Miami police fight crime". No episode name, no actor info or date, just a 4 or 5 word generic blurb.

    And I don't expect the guide data to be perfect. The amount of information that has to be collected and put together is insane. That's why I don't blame the guide data for the wishlist failings. The wishlist can only operate on what it sees in the guide and what I tell it. And I can trust that I will know to tell it the EXACT title more than I can trust the auxillary information like actors or producers to be included and accurate to be searched by.

    Probably overkill on the explanation, but there it is.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2007 #9 of 11
    Jonathan_S

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    I understand what you are asking for, but the symbol for match this and only this should be something besides quotes.

    Quotes already have a very useful purpose for saying this exact (quoted) multi-word string must appear as written in the search area. (Helps seperate shows about "Griffith Park" from episodes of Andy Griffith where he walks in the park. Ok, not the best example, but still useful)

    Also, the scope of the title search would need to be adjusted for your request to work. Currently a title search searches both the show title and the episode title. Which is why a title wishlist for: ALIAS "TRUTH BE TOLD" can be used to find the very first episode of Alias (if you wanted to watch it syndicated from the beginning, for example)

    So unless the Title Search was adjusted a search equivilent to
    SELECT * FROM`listings` WHERE `title` = 'house';
    would fail to match anything because `title` would always be something like
    'House The Right Stuff' or 'House Alone'.
     
  10. pdhenry

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    If all you know is the title IMDB may be your friend... :)
     
  11. archaic0

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    Well all we're really doing is pushing letters around here... *smile* Unless the developers decide that it's worth changing, we're stuck with what is there now.
     

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