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About voranis

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  1. Thanks for the explanation, and for making me feel that I am not deranged (at least, in this regard). I remember you mentioning before in this discussion the weekly grid so I am going to start using that first.
  2. So, to recap: (1) I first viewed the TCM online daily schedule for Sunday, January 15 on Sunday afternoon. So it was not a case of "viewing the schedule too early, before they had a chance to update to the correct time." I was viewing the online schedule AFTER A Free Soul had already aired. So it was also NOT a case of viewing a cached file on my local hard drive, since this was the first time I had loaded the web page. The schedule said the movie started at noon, and the movies after it started at 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. These times were all incorrect. I posted a screen cap
  3. I pay for SchedulesDirect too; I have been a member since ScheduleDirect was started, when Tribune (TMS) stopped making their data available for free. I have always used tv_grab_na_dd. I have been using it since 2008. I have never used tv_grab_na_dtv. I run --configure each time I download the XML files to get any changes in the channels. There are usually some channels added or removed.
  4. I am already using tv_grab_na_dd. That is all I have ever used. I have never used tv_grab_na_dtv.
  5. The time on my Pioneer HDD/DVD recorders (I have three in the room where I record from TCM) all match each other, and they match the time on the front of the cable box, and the time DirecTV shows when I press the Info button on the remote. I download the XML files for reference purposes only. My recorders are standalone recorders. If the time on my Pioneer HDD/DVD recorders were off by 15 minutes, then all my TCM recordings would be off by 15 minutes. I record from TCM almost every day. I'm only observing these 15-minute discrepancies in the daily schedule once a week or so. Also
  6. I agree the Schedules Direct guys are gods, especially Robert Eden. I communicated with him in 2008 when I was building xmltv on Mac OS X. I had to build it from scratch; no pre-built binary available like on Windows. So when I look at "A Free Soul" in the XML file for Sunday, January 15, here is what I see: <programme start="20170115120000 -0500" stop="20170115134500 -0500" channel="I12852.labs.zap2it.com"> <title lang="en">A Free Soul</title> <desc lang="en">A boozing lawyer's (Lionel Barrymore) flapper daughter (Norma Shearer) falls tragically
  7. It looks like many of the movies that aired Sunday afternoon started 15 minutes before the time shown on the daily online schedule. The web site said A Free Soul would start at noon but it appears to have started at 11:45 a.m. I think some of the movies afterwards also started 15 minutes earlier. The title card in my recordings said An American in Paris started at 5:45 p.m. but the daily online schedule said it started at 6 p.m. Fortunately due to padding I got everything, but I would still like to figure out if the error is mine or if TCM is having problems with their online schedule.
  8. I have been away for over a week with no access to the Internet, so I am just responding now. As I said: As I write this, at 12:37 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, I opened the TCM online schedule for January 3--a brand new, refreshed page, and it is STILL showing the incorrect times--a full day after the movies aired: A new, refreshed page. I am loading the page directly from TCM's web site, not from my local hard drive. I just refreshed the page again just now for January 3 and it still shows it starting at midnight instead of 12:15 a.m.
  9. Another fifteen-minute shift occurred last night--Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The online schedule showed Riot in Cell Block 11 starting at midnight and The Big House starting at 1:30 a.m.: But the movies actually started at 12:15 a.m. and 1:45 a.m., respectively, and the title card at the end of Brute Force showed those correct times. As I write this, at 12:37 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, I opened the TCM online schedule for January 3--a brand new, refreshed page, and it is STILL showing the incorrect times--a full day after the movies aired: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.h
  10. This is probably about the same time frame as I have been observing the increased frequency of errors in the daily online schedule...
  11. TCM's daily online schedule continued to show Dial M for Murder as starting at 10:00 p.m. well into Thursday, as the snapshot I took of the web page that I refreshed right before I started this thread on Thursday morning shows. They did not update the online schedule until sometime after I started this thread on Thursday--after the movie had already aired on Wednesday night. My point is that they seem to be having to make a lot more "adjustments on the fly" within the past month than they have before that. This seems like a new problem.
  12. Well, as I said, my XML file for Wednesday showed the same incorrect times as the TCM online schedule did. However, I download ten days' worth of XML files at a time, and I downloaded the last batch on December 10, so it could have been corrected closer to Wednesday. I am working on setting up a cron job to download the XML files each day rather than doing it by hand for ten days at a time. However, I refreshed TCM's web page for Wednesday on Thursday and it was still showing the incorrect times--a day after the movies had aired. TCM updated Wednesday's page with the correct times on Fr
  13. I just saw another one, although this time it was in the other direction--fifteen minutes early! The TCM online schedule and the Now Playing guide showed Test Pilot starting at 7 a.m. EST on Friday, December 16: But it started at 6:45 a.m., and the title card that TCM aired right after Fonda on Fonda showed it starting at 6:45 a.m. I refreshed the web pages and noticed that the online schedule has updated to have the correct times for Wednesday and Friday now. But this is not just a "failure to refresh" problem on my part, because the page for Wednesday still displayed the wrong
  14. I guess I can check my DirecTV and cable program guides to see if they show a different end time than the TCM online schedule and Now Playing. I also use Schedules Direct to download TV listings as XML files using xmltv. I do this to have a permanent copy of the listings so I can go back and correctly label old recordings since most online listings (with some exceptions like TCM) only let you go back one day or so. I checked my XML file for DirecTV for Wednesday, December 14, and it shows the same incorrect start time for Dial M for Murder and The Two Mrs. Carrolls that Now Playing and the
  15. MovieCollectorOH understood what I meant--I manually enter the start and stop times because I use a standalone HDD/DVD recorder so I can copy programs to DVD. This device does not have a program guide. I do not use a cable or satellite DVR where you just select the program and tell it to record it. It may be that the cable/satellite DVRs have the correct adjusted times in their program guides, but in the past I have found TCM's online schedule to be more reliable. I am not babysitting the recorder. TopBilled, I hope I have clarified what I meant. As I said in my original post, because
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