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Time zones per linear channel

Release date: September 4th, 2018 (Revision 1), print this page

In Movida, each company has a defined time zone and optionally each user can have their own time zone, different from that of the company.

If your company is using the catch-up add-on module then your linear channels are represented in Movida along with their linear schedules, and those linear channels may operate in different time zones.

We’ve made changes to ensure that linear schedules are presented to users consistently.

This note describes this change in full, and, as usual, you can contact support or your Technical Account Manager for further clarification.

It is now possible to define a time zone for each of your linear channels, like this:

edit linear channels

That time zone is then used in the VOD staging area and linear schedule pages when displaying the start and end datetime values for linear schedule entries.

This means that the presentation of the linear schedule is consistent across all users regardless of their time zone settings in Movida.

In this example you can see that a user has GMT as their time zone set to GMT whilst the company is set to CET:

bebanjo id - profile

When that user views a linear channel whose time zone is set to CET notice how the local time of the linear channel is shown in the VOD staging area instead of the users local time, i.e. 23:05 and not 22:05 for The Real Sherlock Holmes:

catch-up vod staging area

The same approach is used in the linear schedule:

linear schedule

If you’re a user of the Movida API and use it to manage linear schedules please note that if:

  • you create or update linear schedule entries and do not specify datetime values with either a UTC designator (Z) or UTC offsets (e.g. 2018-07-16T05:30:00, then the linear channel, user, or company time zone is used (in that order depending on presence).
  • you create or update linear schedule entries and specify datetime values with either a UTC designator (Z) or UTC offsets (e.g. 2018-07-16T05:30:00+02:00, then the linear channel, user, or company time zone is not used.

References

  • movida#7828 Time zones per linear channel