That's exactly the data I was talking about (original air date).

I'm guessing that's how other DVR applications have options such as
"Record New Episodes Only", etc.

On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM, VDR User <> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM, John Klimek <> wrote:
>> However, my original question was about unaired/new episodes.  For
>> example, I'd like to record new episodes of "The Simpsons" but I don't
>> want an episode unless it's never been aired before.  It sounds like
>> the "Don't allow repeats" option is just to check if it's been
>> recorded which isn't too useful in my situation.  Suppose an episode
>> hasn't aired for several months?  It's not a "new" episode but just an
>> old one that hasn't aired in a while so I would want to skip that
>> recording.
> I would like this option also and iirc there's actually a flag that
> specifies a new episode.  I know at least some providers supply an
> "original air date" as well which could be compared against the
> current date if the "new" flag isn't present.  It would be nice to set
> a timer for a show, tell it you want _all_ new episodes, and it's
> smart enough to detect schedule changes and so on.  So basically you
> could record an entire series (over all seasons) if you wanted to and
> only need to set a timer once and forget about it.
> It sucks to find out there's been a schedule only after you've missed
> some episodes, or have to frequently clean out a cache of dupes.
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