by Anura Guruge
Roku standard screensaver showing (wrong) time.
This wrong time, which has NOTHING to do with timezones, is most obvious if you have a screensaver that displays the Roku time. Then, if like us, you also happen to have a digital clock nearby you will notice that the Roku time is off by 3 to 6 minutes.
This has been going on for quite a long time. Other than being a minor distraction it does not bother me SINCE I never watch any live programs on my Roku. It is always stuff on ‘Catch Up’ mode or on a Watch List.
There is no way to set, or correct, the Roku 3 clock. In other words there is no Date/Clock set/reset function in the Menus.
Roku, as it should, gets the time from a server. And that is the problem.
Roku support, recently, tried to fob this off as being due to your home network router having the wrong time. Most people are NOT buying that. Most modern network/Wi-Fi routers use something called the “Network Time Protocol” (NTP) to automatically (and continually) set the time per some master clocks governing the Internet. IF your router is using NTP (as it probably is) the chances are that it has the BEST possible time in the world and is unlikely to be wrong. (Yes, it is the Internet equivalent of the broadcast atomic time clocks).
For now there is no known fix. The problem is most likely a Roku server issue. I will keep an eye on this for you. Stay tuned.
I haven’t used it but check out the CLOC screensaver app that shows local weather in addition to the time.
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by Anura Guruge