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Improved watchlist bulk features (and other recent updates)

It's been a while since we implemented one of TVmaze's most requested features, so I'm very happy to announce the release of watchlist bulk tools!

If you head over to the watchlist page for a specific show (either click through to "Watch List" from the show's episode list, or click "View All" from the watchlist itself) you'll see the new system at work. Use the radio buttons to select a range of episodes: first click the left radio button to indicate the start at the range, then click the right radio button to indicate the end of the range. Once you selected a range, all episodes within that range will be highlighted and you can mark them as acquired, watched or skipped with a single click.

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The option to mark as watched is available to everyone, the other ones are exclusive to Premium members for now. Head over to https://www.tvmaze.com/premium to start your free trial if you haven't already!

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Additionally (when in Rome...) we made it even easier to get started with tracking your watched episodes for a new show. When you start following a show from the show's main page, we'll now ask you to select the last episode that you've seen. Then, with a single click you can mark that episode and all episodes that come before it as watched, so you don't have to do so manually!

And while you're reading anyway, here's a few other things we've released in the past couple of months (but were too lazy to write an announcement about):

  • Add support for alternate episode lists to the site and API
  • Add episode lists and episode guides on the season level (useful for huge shows)
  • Completely refactor the search system for more accurate results in complicated scenarios
  • Make it possible to search for networks & web (streaming) channels
  • Automatically calculate the average runtime for shows without a default runtime
  • Add a schedule to network pages, and a calendar to web channel pages
  • Add "my followed networks" and "my followed web channels" options to the calendar
  • Improve page rendering speed by making better use of async javascript loading
  • Allow sorting the show index by the number of followers (as opposed to "most popular" which is a combination of followers and pageviews)
  • Add support for spoiler text in comments or forum posts
  • Allow writing episode notes (small facts/background information about the episode)
  • Various API improvements and new endpoints
  • Various features for our hardcore contributors: season locking, bulk episode editing, bulk crew editing, and much more
  • And various small bugfixes and improvements that we're still too lazy to write an announcement about ūü§∑

If you have any other wishes, please let us know in the comments or in the forums if you haven't yet! While our resources are limited so we can't do everything you ask for, we read everything that comes in and user feedback is always the most important factor to decide what comes next :-)

Written by david at Oct 17, 2021

Comments

tuexss posted 2 months ago

@david wrote:
The idea is that "watched" supersedes "acquired", since it's impossible to watch something without acquiring it first. Therefore the system doesn't support tracking those two separately.

I can watch an episode on a public tv without acquiring it. Doesn't make sense.

kitkimes41 posted 4 months ago

@david wrote:
I think I understand your use case, but I'll have to be blunt: rewriting the system to track "acquired" and "watched" statuses simultaneously at this point would be an immense effort so that's not very likely to happen anymore.

Thanks David.  I gave it my best shot.  LOL.  I'll just have to maintain 2 logins so I can do what I need to do.

david posted 4 months ago

@kitkimes41 wrote:
But why not?  I have several TV shows that I have collected all the episodes shown so far.  Whether I have watched them or not is immaterial.  I like to know that I have a copy of them and TVMaze is the easiest way for me to do that.  I can, and do, keep either a spreadsheet or text files but It is not so easy to do that.  That is why I have 2 accounts here.  My main one is where I keep my watched list and shows I want to watch.  That is a paid account.  Then I have this one for the sole purpose of keeping track of the shows I have acquired.  Just seems like more work than it needs to be. 

PS.  It is not impossible to watch something without acquiring it first.  There many shows I watch on TV and marked them here as 'watched' but that I have never acquired and don't keep a copy.

I think I understand your use case, but I'll have to be blunt: rewriting the system to track "acquired" and "watched" statuses simultaneously at this point would be an immense effort so that's not very likely to happen anymore.

kitkimes41 posted 4 months ago

@david wrote:
The idea is that "watched" supersedes "acquired", since it's impossible to watch something without acquiring it first. Therefore the system doesn't support tracking those two separately.

But why not?  I have several TV shows that I have collected all the episodes shown so far.  Whether I have watched them or not is immaterial.  I like to know that I have a copy of them and TVMaze is the easiest way for me to do that.  I can, and do, keep either a spreadsheet or text files but It is not so easy to do that.  That is why I have 2 accounts here.  My main one is where I keep my watched list and shows I want to watch.  That is a paid account.  Then I have this one for the sole purpose of keeping track of the shows I have acquired.  Just seems like more work than it needs to be. 

PS.  It is not impossible to watch something without acquiring it first.  There many shows I watch on TV and marked them here as 'watched' but that I have never acquired and don't keep a copy.

david posted 4 months ago

@kitkimes41 wrote:
All nice upgrades but the one I need most still isn't available.  I'd live to click (and highlight) both the acquired and watched button if it applies.  I have to maintain a whole separate login here just keep track of the episodes that a have in my collection.  Because once I've watched them, the 'acquired' icon goes blank.  I don't know why this ability wasn't there from the beginning.

The idea is that "watched" supersedes "acquired", since it's impossible to watch something without acquiring it first. Therefore the system doesn't support tracking those two separately.

kitkimes41 posted 4 months ago

All nice upgrades but the one I need most still isn't available.  I'd live to click (and highlight) both the acquired and watched button if it applies.  I have to maintain a whole separate login here just keep track of the episodes that a have in my collection.  Because once I've watched them, the 'acquired' icon goes blank.  I don't know why this ability wasn't there from the beginning.

quintas posted 11 months ago

why doesn't my calendar show the January episodes of Paramounts  "1883" ?  They're there! 

david posted a year ago

@LouisWu wrote:
Great stuff people!

The "when in Rome" help with starting following a show is a bit too enthusiastic for me. If a show has no aired episodes yet, it doesn't make much sense to ask if I want to mark the first episode as watched, let alone all prior (there are none). Encountered on Star Trek: Prodigy.

Good point, fixed :)

Saxo posted a year ago

Nice

 

Don't really watch much TV any more but it's amazing how far this site has come. Nice to see the admins still putting a ton of effort into it, glad I moved over here from FollowmyTV years ago

LouisWu posted a year ago

Great stuff people!

The "when in Rome" help with starting following a show is a bit too enthusiastic for me. If a show has no aired episodes yet, it doesn't make much sense to ask if I want to mark the first episode as watched, let alone all prior (there are none). Encountered on Star Trek: Prodigy.

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