? XmlTV Bug with "time compensation" check box unable to be unchecked... (1 Viewer)


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July 21, 2008
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New Zealand New Zealand
MediaPortal Version: 1.3.0

In MP 1.2.3 I was grabbing epg data using EPG Grabber and importing TVGuide.xml via XmlTV plugin. When first set up times were incorrect so checke "apply time zone compensation" ("13" Hours - New Zealand).
With MP 1.3.0 my data was now 13 hours out. EPG grabber does have the correct format ie time with "+1300" in the appropriate spot. So I assumed that this is now "working" in the latest version of MP as nothing had changed. I this removed the check box in the XmlTV plugin server setup. Nothing happened and I went around in circles for a week.

Eventually I rechecked the box and changed the numbers for the compensation to "0" and this then fixed the times in EPG

I assume this is a bug and the previous data is not overwritten when removing the check?

No logs as not sure where XmlTV setup and usage log is found

Steps to Reproduce:
set time compensation to a number eg 13. Import TvGuide.xml. Time is added Uncheck box. No change in EPG times. Time is not removed.

Check box and apply zero hours compensation as work around


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  • Team MediaPortal
  • February 23, 2008
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    Netherlands Netherlands
    We need at least updated System Specs & full debug logs after trying to reproduce this (see my signature on how to fix this).
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    Portal Member
    April 2, 2013
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    The idea of the box is that it should be a compensation from the local timezone (ie. NZ in your case) to a desired timezone. It is *not* the offset from GMT to your timezone. Hence, if your data is not in the local timezone, just check the box. You only specify a non-zero offset if you want the data to be in a non-local-timezone. For example, if you wanted to get the Australian offset then you'd use -2 or -3 or -4.

    Make sense?

    The change is noted here:

    @HomeY: perhaps the wiki could do with an update/clarification in the main XMLTV section?
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