So, when exactly is "OTH"?

A. Joseph Ross
Tue Jun 16 15:59:26 EDT 2009

On 16 Jun 2009 Doug Drown wrote:

> Whenever the power goes out, I customarily reset my VCR clock (yeah, I
> still have one of those) to :00 on a network or cable station.  I've
> discovered, however, that "on the hour" on one channel may not be "on
> the hour" on another.  For example, we get both WCSH in Portland and
> WLBZ in Bangor, Gannett's co-owned NBC affiliates in Maine.  WCSH's
> :00 is a second ahead of WLBZ's.  All the network programming is a
> second or two off, as well.  Same with the ABC affiliates here.  What
> gives --- and how can I find a reliable way to set my clock?  (I know,
> I know, go get an atomic clock . . . )     -Doug

Making things more complicated, some networks deliberately start a 
program slightly early.  I set my VCR clock slightly ahead of the 
correct time, in order to make sure I get the start of a program.   

A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                   617.367.0468
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