I’ve seen two requests in this feature section that both tie into a use case I wanted to suggest:
- Trakt.tv integration (Trakt.tv Integration)
- Don’t record things I’ve deleted (Option to have deleted programs not re-record)
I came across these when I was searching to see if anybody had recommended the feature I wanted to recommend. Similar to the users in item #2, I’ve been using watching reruns of old shows that I haven’t seen before. (In my case, things like Mayday, Highway Thru Hell, etc…) Because they’re reruns, I’ve got the recording set to ‘All’. But this is resulting in several shows recording that I have seen, that I have to then delete. I’d love to see an option for “Not watched” instead of just “All” or “New”. With this, we’d have the ability to record every episode that we haven’t seen before.
Now, keeping track of what we’ve seen or haven’t seen can be a lot to ask of the Tablo. That’s where an integration with something like Trakt.tv can come in. The heavy lifting of keeping track of what we have/haven’t watched can be handled by them. All the Tablo would need to do is:
- Integration with the Trakt.tv API to update an episode as being ‘watched’ when it updates its internal DB that an episode is watched.
- Integration with the Track.tv API to check if an episode has been watched when it decides whether or not to record an episode.
- A configuration in the settings menu to allow a user to log in with their Trakt.tv credentials.
Now, a caveat with this approach is that it only allows for a single Tract.tv account to be associated with a Tablo, but I think that could be an acceptable tradeoff. With my family at least, I wouldn’t be deleting episodes that my spouse hasn’t watched yet and expecting them to re-record for her.
If there was an episode that I wanted to re-record, like say, if a storm resulted in a poor recording or there was a breaking news interruption or something, I would be able to go into Trakt and just unmark the episode as being watched, where the Tablo would just fall back into treating it like any other unwatched episode so there’s no maintenance for Tablo in that regard.