[mythtv-users] MythTV does not handle daylight savings properly

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 19:57:23 UTC 2012

On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM, Tony Sauri <hoiho.nz at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 08/11/12 08:02, Nick Rout wrote:
>> Surely something that starts at 1400UTC one side of DST change will start
>>> at 1300UTC on the other side (or 1500UTC depending which way your
>>> transition is going)
> Ummm....NO.  The whole point is UTC stays the same  when a DST transition
> occurs.   It is only local time that changes with DST transitions.

No, a programme that starts at 8.00 pm localtime in winter will still start
at 8.00 pm localtime in summer, but the UTC time will have changed because
local time has shifted by an hour relative to UTC.

> My personal preference would have been to keep the old LocalTime version
> of MythTV ...  The mental gymnastics of considering a 12 or 13 hour time
> difference between localtime and UTC are greater than where only a 0 to 4
> hour change is required because there is a far greater range of times that
> also require a date change.
> Can I (tongue in cheek) suggest that it may be in order to provide a
> setting  that allows the user to choose whether his mythtv installation
> time base is localtime or UTC based.
> Tony
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