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Support alphanumeric season and episode numbers

July 15th, 2019 (Revision 1), print this page

Here at Mediagenix On-Demand, we love integers - they are the building blocks of code, after all! Sometimes, though, we encounter situations where integers alone just won’t cut it, and we need to diversify with alphanumeric characters. That is where today’s release really shines!

This note describes this change in full, and, as usual, you can contact support or your Technical Account Manager for further clarification.

Previously, season and episode numbers in Mediagenix On-Demand could only be expressed using integers - Season 1, Episode 2, for example. The needs of our customers have evolved, though, where seasons and episodes are often split in half, which can result in, for example, a Season 6a and 6b, or Episode 101a and 101b. To solve this problem, this release introduces two new fields:

  • “Season Reference ID” for Series
    • Accepts alphanumeric characters. When this new field is filled, the data entered supersedes the season number in the series name. Note that series sorting is based on the season number. In the example screenshot below, the series name in Mediagenix On-Demand would be Adventure Time: S4.5.
  • “Episode Reference ID” for Episodes
    • Also accepts alphanumeric characters and likewise would supersede the episode number in the episode name if used. Episode sorting and selection is based on the episode number. So, in the example screenshot below, for scheduling purposes, the episode number for Trouble in Lumpy Space would be 3 instead of 1b.

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 12 52 57 PM

We hope these new fields make your life easier and enable you to use Mediagenix On-Demand in a more robust way! Give it a try - and of course, if you have any questions on how to use these new fields, please don’t hesitate to contact your TAM.


  • movida#7833 Support alphanumeric season and episode numbers