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    #1

    How to understand this?

    How to understand the Americans time "8/7c" ?

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    Re: How to understand this?

    If it's any consolation, this speaker of BrE has no idea. Could you give more context? Where did you see it?


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    1. Your question would have been better expressed as, "What does the American time expression "8/7c" mean?"
    2. Please try to give your threads titles that give us some idea of what to expect when we read your question. "Meaning of '8/7c.?" would have been perfect for this.

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    Re: How to understand this?

    This is how the time for a TV program is given on American TV. The continental US has 4 time zones, and 2 television feeds for most networks. This would be an "east coast" feed and a "west coast" feed.

    People in the Eastern time zone and the Central time zone watch the east coast feed. So a program would be on at 8 o'clock Eastern (which is 7 Central time). So 8/7Central. Or "8/7c" for short.

    People in the Pacific time zone watch the west coast feed, which is delayed by 3 hours. So they also watch the program at 8 o'clock. (Though it is 8 Pacific, 11 Eastern)

    (I have no idea what people in the Mountain time zone do, but apparently they deserve no special mention.)

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    #4

    Re: How to understand this?

    Thanks for that, Dave. That has filled a gap in my knowledge that I didn't even know I had.

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    Re: How to understand this?

    When you have a satellite dish (as opposed to cable TV), you usually get both feeds. So I can watch a show now, or 3 hours later. People in the West can watch a show now or 3 hours before it comes on!

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    #6

    Re: How to understand this?

    Aha! So time travel isn't just a thing of fantasy!

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