Autoschedule Repeats?

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  • Ray Tiley

    Hi Brady,

     

    Thanks for the insight here. I like how you do things and I'm wondering if we could help automate it somehow. For one thing you could limit the saved search for the producer to be only shows within the last 10 days or something. If the autoscheduler doesn't have any content it wouldn't schedule the rule. We would need some tweaks to how far our we schedule though to make the autoscheduler actually leave the slot open.

     

    Another idea would be to make some rules be able to overwrite a rule. This would allow your situation to be accomplished by two rules. 

     

    Rule 1 would schedule a show from a producer if it was submitted in the past N days, but would do nothing if it had no results. This rule would be allowed to overwrite a time slot though if there was a show that matched the search criteria.

    Rule 2 would schedule a random show, or all the shows from the past 6 months sorted by run count (so it would rotate through them). This rule would only work if the slot was "empty" and would therefore fill in the time kinda like you do manually now.

     

    Just thinking out loud here, but if you have any other ideas about how Cablecast could solve this problem, I would love to hear them!

     

    -ray

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  • Brady Wurtz

    I think that sounds like a good idea, not sure if you meant doing those two rules now or if you meant those as ideas for a later version, because right now I only see the options for "Top Search Result" in a saved search, Single Show, or New Show. 

     

    Our issue is that sometimes people give me shows in bulk too, and the dates on them are from when the show was shot, not when we want it to air. So they may turn in 5 shows at once, and the dates on the show are when their church services were. So I could get them all dated from every sunday of June when it's July. But i don't know what I could think of of doing to make sure Autoschedule would know to schedule the newest show for Monday Wednesday and Saturday on their time slots, then for the next week after that, to schedule the next show in line, and then the next. So that one new episode airs each week, instead of airing 3 new episodes all in one week.

     

    Maybe if the rule was to play one show for the first week (where you can create X amount of time slots in the week for the show), and after that, it moves on to the next show in line in the saved search that has 0 plays on it, and the next, and the next. And if it gets to the point where there are no new shows that have 0 play counts on them, that it goes and plays a show at random from your saved search or another saved search that you create ahead of time.

     

    I love all these ideas, and i really think the Autoschedule has a lot of cool stuff that can make it a killer feature 

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  • Brady Wurtz

    Ray, i tried that Rule 1 and Rule 2 idea you had and it worked at first, but it all fell apart quickly. As soon as Rule 1 didn't have new shows to put on, and Rule 2 filled the time slots with reruns, Rule 1 won't overwrite Rule 2 when new shows are turned in. 

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