Originally Posted by ss_sea_ya
I'd rather miss the beginning of the show rather than the end. Who would want to see two extra minutes of commercials at the beginning, only to miss who the mystery and unlikely killer was!
As for the clock skew, I think switch to B'more zip code did work, just not right away.
With ss_sea_ya from Alexandria, we have 4 people to help gather empirical evidence about the DC clock issue. The guys in Austin seem confident the TV Guide info is broadcast before 6:15 PM. My experience seems to corroborate this notion.
Whenever I had corrupt Guide data on my LG & Sony dvrs, I would reset to a Baltimore zip code and then return to a DC zipcode the next day. When I read about our DC time skew, I checked my CM-7000. It was slow by 5+ minutes.
At about 5:30 PM, I set the zip code (for the CM Pal) to 21210 (downtown Baltimore). The time corrected almost immediately.
Minutes later I reset my zip (close to DC) and the clock almost immediately skewed 5 minutes slow.
Resetting to Baltimore again corrected the time almost immediately.
At about 6:00PM I checked Dish Pal #1. The time was fine.
Then I checked Dish Pal #2. 5+ minutes slow.
Set the Zip to 21210 and the clock corrected almost immediately.
At this point, it was approaching 6:15PM. Resetting the zip to DC resulted in 3+ minute slow.
Going back to 21210 then forth to DC resulted in 1+ minute slow.
It was approaching 6:30PM, when I finalized the 21210 zip but the time correction wasn't immediate. I might have confirmed it later that night, but certainly the next day. Dish Pal #2 is the only dvr that remained 21210 for the last 2 ½ weeks.
Two weeks ago, I reset the CM-7000 to my zip and it has kept perfect DC time ever since. I believe that I reset the zip in the evening.
Tonight at 7:10PM, (in the pursuit of empirical evidence) I reset Dish Pal #2 to my zip. As of 8:50PM, no DC Guide data has appeared and the time is still correct.
These facts may corroborate the 6:15PM witching hour scenario. So now, all three units are set to DC and tomorrow, I will report on the time and Guide results for the Dish Pal #2. My suspicion is that the Pal checks the clock once a day. That is a possible explanation why some machines are still exhibiting a time skew and mine are not.