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DB1
Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:47 am Reply with quote
Frequent contributor Joined: 30 Mar 2005 Posts: 728 Location: Orpington
My understanding is that the EPG uses GMT. However it also appears that the RT data at least, used to build a mystuff.mei file is always local - apart from the odd programme that spans the changeover when the title is prefixed (BST).

So the question is - What does mei2eit do about it all?

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Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:02 am Reply with quote
Frequent contributor Joined: 06 Apr 2005 Posts: 2694
Assuming everything works as intended mei2eit should convert the data to GMT.

As you say EIT data is always in GMT, so mei2eit knows about both time zones and daylight savings. For each event it will convert the local time from the mei data into GMT before use.

This means the behaviour of the Toppy EPG and timers should be exactly the same as it is with the Freeview EPG as a source, right down the the Toppy BST "features" (some might say bugs). One consequence of this you can already see - at the moment the Toppy EPG displays programmes after the clock change one hour out, just like it does with the Freeview EPG. When the clocks actually change the Toppy EPG will display the times correctly.

I did consider whether mei2eit should lie about the GMT time in order to compensate for the Topfield bugs in BST handling, but I rejected that. It's hardly fair to break any EPG taps that do handle BST correctly and Topfield may fix their bugs in a future release of the firmware.
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