Although I haven't checked specifically, I noticed today that I don't have the Music zone available, but I do have the Movie zone. This is after I installed a larger hard drive, but I don't really know if that has anything to do with it.
In the movie zone, I noticed the LETTERBOX and the all the ratings categories are missing..
I was upset for a minute that the above categories were missing. They are my favorite searches, but then I found them in the "more, more, more" zone.
They seem to be reducing the emphasis on the replay zones little by little. I remember there used to be a ton of them. I wish they would put my favorite one back: searches according to Oscar winners. -mk
Sports and Sitcoms are both chopped at the first page. Some of the info is available under More, More, More, but not all of it.
My showstopper did not connect last night, due to a recording conflict, so I did a manual connect this evening. I watched as two of the "Zones" were updated displaying changing percentages. I think they were 12/16 and 13/16 but I am not 100% sure. ReplayZones is broken now. My guess is that these two zones are corrupted.
I have two original units a 3060 and showstopper which have been connecting on schedule. As of Saturday I noticed many sports replay zones are missing including BOXING. I don't like this one bit and I hope it is a simple glitch in their system.
I have never fully understood how Replay Zones works. Does it have to be actively maintained by Replay staff, or does it simply perform automatic keyword searches? It doesn't seem possible that it could accurately find something like "Oscar Winners" using only keywords.
If Replay Zones is a labor intensive endeavor for SONICblue, I can understand why they might want to phase it out. I just hope it doesn't disappear entirely. Personally, I have always found it to be a pretty cool feature.
The zones shouldn't be heavily labor intensive. Some of it may already be sorted into categories by whoever they buy the guide data from in the first place. If not with access to the right databases and a some decent programmers it should not be too hard to create.
Anyways I doubt they would do away with the ReplayZones. It one of the features they tout plus the competition has a similar feature (that I think is slightly better).
Each zone corresponds to a 'suzuki code' (I have no idea where that name comes from), which is simply a number. More than one zone can use the same number, in which case they're really the same thing, no matter what the user interface says.
The channel guide downloaded each night includes, for each program, a list of suzuki codes. Presumably Replay assigns the codes -- they're not the same codes TMS uses for genres . Not all Suzuki codes used correspond to currently-existing zones; presumably some of them correspond to zones that used to exist but have been removed (but that still work, for people who set up ReplayChannels for them when they existed). Some of them appear to match numbers used in the pause ad system -- I think they are/were intended for use with targetted advertising. Some of them are PPV-specific; I've never figured out what those are for.
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