Linking movies to TV shows

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1 Introduction

This feature allows you to link a Move to a TV Show without the need of keeping two copies of the video file on your system. eg, linking Serenity (2005) to the tv show Firefly.

The same movie can be linked to multiple TV Shows and multiple movies can be linked to the one TV Show.


2 Creating Links

The following methods are available for creating the Movie link to the TV Show.


2.1 Kodi Link Editor

The Editor cannot be accessed from Videos>Files. It must be accessed from the Movie Library. Movies must have already been scraped into the library.

  1. Image 1- Highlight the movie to be linked to a TV Show. Call up the Context Menu
  2. Image 1- Select Manage...
  3. Image 2- Select Link to TV show
  4. Image 3- From the list, select which TV Show to link to. Multiple selections can be made.



2.2 nfo Files

Using nfo files allows you to link Movies and TV Shows and then scrape into the library.

The following XML tag is used in the Movie NFO to link to a TV Show:

  • <showlink></showlink>- The name of the TV Show and must be identical to the TV Show name. Multiple tags can be used to link multiple TV Shows

The code is entered into the movie nfo file as follows.

<movie>
  <showlink></showlink> 
</movie>
See: NFO Files


3 Sorting

As this is simply a link it is not possible to insert the Movie into a particular viewing order, as is done with the Specials of a TV Show.

The actual placement of the movie in the TV Show listing will depend upon the Sort Type and Sort Order chosen for the view.

If you require the ability to sort into correct viewing order, then consider using a Stream File.


4 Removing Links

To remove the Link, you can use either of these two methods...


4.1 Kodi Link Editor

The Removal option cannot be accessed from Videos>Files.

The removal process can be performed from either the context menu of the Movie or the context menu of the TV Show.

  1. Image 1- Highlight the movie to be unlinked from a TV Show. Call up the Context Menu
  2. Image 1- Select Manage...
  3. Image 2- Select Remove Link to TV show (only visible when a link exists)
  4. Image 3- From the list, de-select the TV Show(s). Multiple selections can be made.



4.2 nfo Files

Remove the <showlink></showlink> XML tag from the NFO File and Refresh the movie.

<movie>
  <showlink></showlink> 
</movie>
See: NFO Files



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