Presently special characters in a file name are ignored when searching online metadata databases. Proposal is to improve online metadata matching by allowing special characters (".", "-" and others - whatever is being ignored now) to be included in the search where these characters:
- Appear before (to the left of) the season/episode designator for TV shows
- Appear before (to the left of) the year designator for Movies
eg. a filename
".hack s01e01 - Pilot.mkv" would include the "." in the search, searching for a show matching ".hack". Note the stuff after the "-" would be ignored as is currently the case as this special character appears after the season designator.
"X-Men Days of Future Past (2014).mkv" would include the "-." in the search, searching for a movie matching "X-Men Days of Future Past"
Note the second example probably already works with the current system but I'm sure there will examples that don't. I just think if you're going to do it may as well address movies as well as series.