Originally Posted by LenL
Folks at noon today I was setting up my 2 PALDVRS for tonight's recordings and noticed the clocks on both of them are now off an hour (early). Am I the only one to notice this or report it?
I have probably posted on this before here but a quick(ish) summary.
The system time table in the PSIP data includes information to control the transition into and out of DST. There are three items: DS_status, DS_dayofmonth, and DS_hour.
Normally DS_dayofmonth and DS_hour are set to zero but one month prior to the transition they are set to the values for the transition. Once the entire broadcast area (it could span more than one time zone) has passed through the transition time, DS_status changes and DS_dayofmonth and DS_hour are set to zero again.
You might have noticed that there is no information on which month the transition happens in and this is the source of the problem. Many stations have set the DS_dayofmonth and DS_hour (to 3 and 2) one day early. The receiver sees this and assumes that now is the time for the transition. There is nothing you can do except complain.
I have complained repeatedly both to the stations and the FCC. This spring I actually got a call back from the FCC but nothing has happened. I have also requested that the ATSC standards organization clarify the standard. One of the comments I received from one station is that nobody complains about this. (I recently purchased a new TV to replace my old particle accelerator and if it is any indication, I can see why. It provides no guide data, no current time or even program descriptions. It does display the program title and start and end times. But it ignores DST completely.)
I have sent my twice a year whines to the TV stations but the FCC web site is down for a while. I suggest that anyone experiencing this problem complain as well.
At midnight tonight the time will go back to normal.
Hidden in this is how the DTVPal DVR decides when the DST transition happens. Some local (DFW) stations got it right but most got it wrong so it is probably some sort of voting system.
Tomorrow, dig down the menus to the diagnostics. For each station you will see a current time and a line that says "next". I think that is when the next transition is supposed to happen. I haven't watched that through a DST change without TVGOS before so this will be new.