In the end, it picks one from the region with the same UTC offset, not the zone explictly matching the device I used for the scan.
@TabloSupport is this post from Feb '17 dated? Or does tablo actually just get the offset from UTC? and use a name from tz database derived from my IP for timezone?
Is there a way to specifically set the timezone on my tablo?
Nevertheless… I followed the instructions to set the timezone on my tablo - why didn’t it set in compliance with the device I used?
Isn’t that article current? "This will reset your Tablo’s local time zone to match the one being used on the device running the channel scan. " It doesn’t say only to one in the tz database. Why did it change?
It appears you misunderstood my question, and whey you ask your own - repeated – this is about how to follow the described instructions, to set the timezone on your tablo as explained in the instruction - set to the zone on the device used for the scan.
In the US - The time zone boundaries and DST observance are regulated by the Department of Transportation. Not a list for widely used by computer systems. Standard time zones in the United States are currently defined at the federal level by law 15 USC §260.
Not to discount the tz database, I am explicitly asking how to set the timezone as explained… what did I miss?
I you want to start your own topic for the first time ever about time zones - cool.
You have to think “Linux” and the zoneinfo db (I’m guessing, but think that’s the case).
Now… as for how it’s set?? Not sure if it can be changed (?) It could be using regional IP tricks… might get honed by initial setup for EPG. So the question would be in a non-subscribed Tablo, if it’s moved and sits on some sort of non-local network (weird VPN or something)… how would it know where you are? I guess you always have to provide “zip” (location) though even if not subscribed (??).
Edit: Maybe there’s enough data in the PSIP data of channels to deduce something?
Not sure they have the systemd. I used to use something dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
I’m familiar with tz database, but I set my time zone… how I want it to be (freedom of free and open software!) I’m not debating this, the instructions say I can set tablo to match my device’s zone… but I’m not getting it - what’s up with that?
Just because they’re not the results YOU expect, doesn’t make them wrong. It’s actually setting the correct timezone, it’s just not reporting it the way you expect. Probably because the firmware is doing some sort of normalization to the TZ info, and then reporting it back in it’s preferred format.
The only issue you’ve brought up is that you don’t like the name of the TZ that the Tablo is using. The Tablo doesn’t care about “physical timezone with legal boundaries”. All it cares is that the TZ info it’s using matches the one that the device it’s getting the data from is using. Even if it’s by a different name.