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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wxguy, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    That's what weather alert (SAME) radios are for. We have 3 in the house.

    Nevertheless, I would love an App that could do the weather alert by county function...the problem being the weather alert philosophy is to warn, therefore the app has to be running all the time...there aren't any provisions for an App for the D* boxes to do that.

    I agree that a good wx radar app (with motion) should be provided. They can add graphics to indicate alerts (it's done on line all the time). The one thing they can't do is associate any of the app's functions with public safety. They wouldn't work until invoked...that's not safety, it's a recipe for disaster.

    Living in a high frequency and intensity storm area, there is no substitute for a fully functional SAME weather alert radio with battery backup built in, like the Midland models. Wally World sells them for $30.00, and I've seen them on close out at end of season for $15.00. I bought two of them that very day.

    I will say that I used both the forecast and radar app by yauws far more often than I did my computer....until the storms were getting close. Then, for safety purposes, we needed full motion doppler radar, updated by the minute or at least every 5 minutes, which our local nws shifts to when severe storms are active.
     
  2. loudo

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    Yes there are better services on the Internet, but having it at the touch of a button is really convenient, and I consider a great bonus feature. I have Google TV but DirecTV Apps is still quicker and more convenient just to be able to push the ">" button and see it.

    Weather radios are great, but they don't show the radar when you want to look at it before you go out to mow the lawn.
     
  3. hasan

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    I think the wx radar app is a great convenience feature of the sat boxes (or at least it was). I used it all the time, many times daily, as well as the forecast a couple times per day (cuz I kept forgetting what I read:))

    My comments about weather radios was/is confined to safety...a stagnant radar picture that you have to seek out is not "public safety", it's a death trap. That's where my "that's what wx radios are for" comment came from.
     
  4. loudo

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    Got to agree with you there. That is why we have two on 24/7 in our house.
     
  5. itzme

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    Regardless of better technologies, Huskie's apps were useful and often-used at my house. I really miss them. I do know that Huskie has a true developer's and DBStalk ethical spirit, so I respect his decision. But I hope it all gets worked out and we get those apps back, or even better ones.
     
  6. V'ger

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    i will miss the weather apps. My big use was convenience. When I start seeing glitches on the TV or hear thunder, it was easy to press a button or two on the remote, bring up the radar, and predict if and when and even perhaps how long the satellite receiver would be out.
     
  7. wxguy

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    I've given up on seeing a decent display on TV like Husky provided, so my fallback is now to punch up my phone to take a look or just keep on. Doesn't help my spouse who loved the tv version since she won't give up on her dumb phone.

    I use the PYKL3 android app on my phone and tablet. Downside is you have to buy it, but it is the next best thing to sitting at the radar console. Looping, velocity data, warning areas all give me a one step up from anything the tv thing did. I use it professionally, but it works good for a casual user who doesn't want to get surprised by a storm or gives you something to look at while the satellite receiver has lost signal.
     
  8. CopyCat

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    I miss the NOAA Weather Radar ver 1.2 also, but found MyRadar for free to use on my Iphone. Had to load it on my wife's phone also as she used the radar app more than I did.
     
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  10. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

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    Works good on IPhones, but useless on a DirecTV receiver. It would be nice if there was an App that would allow you to link to any page you wanted. I remember during the test days of the TV Apps there was one that allowed you a to select what you wanted, but when the final copy of the Apps came out, it was no longer on the list of Apps to choose from.

    From a few posts here and other comments I have seen, I think we night see the next generation of Apps coming soon.
     

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