[mythtv-users] Fwd: Fwd: Re: channel4 hd has no eit - cross-eit

jksjdevelop jksjdevelop at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 22:14:15 UTC 2021

Having checked more thoroughly the new version adds an hour incorrectly, 
So a program scheduled for 18:00 in the donor listing is erroneously 
scheduled at 19:00.

On 06/09/2021 10:46, Stephen Worthington wrote:
> On Mon, 6 Sep 2021 07:01:01 +0100, you wrote:
>> On Sun, 5 Sept 2021 at 11:10, John <jksjdevelop at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I use 65692 which does work but the number may differ for you, test the SD
>>> channel you pick as source for the EIT of the HD channel.
>> How can I tell which one it is? I see no clue from the query below as to
>> which of them is being used for EIT.
>> select serviceid,chanid,channum,sourceid,callsign,deleted,xmltvid from
>> channel where callsign like("%Channel 4%");
> [snip]
>> I also tried looking at all the existing column headings in "channel" (with
>> "select * from channel") but none suggested that a channel was being used
>> for EIT. Obviously that info must be in some other table. Would you know
>> which?
> The field you want is "useonairguide".
>>> I am testing the following to cope with the clocks changing.
>>> I know its cringe worthy but might work, the two versions of crosseit have
>>> the single line change.
>>>   # Winter --
>>>      # date = dateobj # + datetime.timedelta(seconds=time.altzone)
>>>      # Summer
>>>      date = dateobj + datetime.timedelta(seconds=time.altzone)
>>>   #!/bin/bash
>>> if date +%Z | grep -e BST; then
>>>      echo "Summer"
>>>      ./cross-eit3S.py 65692,"hd.channel4.com"
>>> else
>>>      echo "Winter"
>>>      ./cross-eit3W.py 65692,"hd.channel4.com"
>>> fi
>>> /usr/local/bin/mythfilldatabase --refresh-all --verbose xmltv --file
>>> --sourceid 1 --xmlfile output.xml
>> You are right that the mix of bash and python is somewhat cringe-worthy: it
>> would be neater to do the change in python rather than calling two versions
>> of the script.
>> However a more serious problem is that this approach changes the time zone
>> for all the dates in the EIT for that week. In steady state that's likely
>> to be fine, but in those two transition weeks of the year, when one batch
>> of listings has some listings before the change and some after the change,
>> some of those listings will be assigned the wrong offset.
>> The correct but slightly more laborious fix, in my opinion, would be to
>> apply the offset to each individual programme listing in the batch, thus
>> possibly having programmes in the same batch with different UTC offsets,
>> which will happen during those transition weeks. I'll code it up in python
>> when I have a moment, starting from the code that Stephen posted yesterday
>> that got rid of the absurdly long lines.
> No, there will not be different offsets.  Cross-eit.py is exporting
> data from the MythTV database.  MythTV internally only works in UTC,
> so all the exported data will be UTC.  So all that needs to be done is
> to add the string " +0000" on the end of the "start=" and "stop="
> timestamps.
> When mythfilldatabase reads an XMLTV file, it will use the timezone
> offsets to convert each timestamp to UTC before it puts it into the
> database.  EPG collected from a TV channel (using EIT, MHEG5 or OpenTV
> which are the formats I have used) is usually in local time and
> therefore will have the correct offsets on it.  When that collected
> data crosses a daylight saving change, you will see the offset values
> change (unless the EPG provider has screwed things up, which is fairly
> common in this part of the world).
> It is possible that the old cross-eit.py code that included using
> timedelta was from when MythTV used local times in its database.  That
> caused hideous complications in the code for handling daylight saving,
> so the internal times were all changed to UTC many versions of MythTV
> ago now.
> I have put an updated version of cross-eit.py (v2.1) with this change
> on my web server:
> http://www.jsw.gen.nz/mythtv/cross-eit.py
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