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Usually a film without Robert Osborne's introduction begins a minute after it's starting time with TCM's own film-noir type lead-in followed by the rating info.
Usually the DVR recording starts at about the identical spot in an ad for the TCM website, then the usual lead-ins. But I have learned to beware Comcast DVR timing for stuff in the dead of night, because as you say things get rather lax. Usually things do start on time, so this is disturbing.
I know I have lost the ending of Ecstasy and The Shout and would have lost the ending of Deep End except that I got it at the beginning of The Shout! Usually a film reference such as Maltin can save your bacon, but their print of Ecstasy was considerably longer than Maltin's running time, which can happen frequently on TCM silent presentations particularly.
A trip to IMDB summed up the ending of The Shout, which I had seen thirty years ago but could not recall. There was a rather spirited discussion of people from all over concerning the TCM showing who had not allowed for an extra five minutes or so on their DVRs. I had, but with Deep End running over as well I simply hadn't allowed for enough overage.