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Local forecasts on The Weather Channel

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Kevin, May 8, 2002.

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  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    Harry, the signal in your avatar is going the wrong way! With THAT much power, please reverse before you blow up a bird. :)

    The Nickster :smoking:
     
  2. James_F

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    Barry is getting close....

    But I doubt he'll pass it
     
  3. BrettR

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    Comcast Digital cable has WeatherScan local on a digital channel, along with the regular weather channel. Most these accuweather outlets can be found on the web, though.
     
  4. HarryD

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    Jimmy,

    I found it here . They have a lot of cool stuff. I like your guy, nice and relaxed..

    :cool:
     
  5. nicshow

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    I recently upgraded my weatheradio - the S.A.M.E. technology now available really makes a huge difference. Radio Shack's best model is the 12-250. It not only allows you to filter the warnings and alerts to your specific county, it also allows you to filter the type of warnings you receive (i.e. not get the flood warnings). I bought a used Oregon Scientific WR196T which is also a nice unit - just doesn't allow you to filter the type of warning.
     
  6. J Rath

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    Scott, I thought that WeatherSTAR was actually a satellite based system patented by TWC and that the STAR in WeatherSTAR actually stood for Satellite Transponder Addressable Receiver (I believe I read that once on weather.com somewhere)? Couldn't it be feasible for TWC and the DBS companies to somehow incorporate this to provide local weather information?


    Well I actually answered my own (first) question! The link is here .
     
  7. mattb

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    I assume that if DBS providers wanted to do something simular it would take up precious bandwidth that they are both lacking right now as D* and E*.
     
  8. Guest

    Why? Because the local cable company has special equipment that inserts the local data from the National Weather Service. The NWS data is received locally. The DBS providers theoretically could pick up this data at their local POP's and run a local version of the Weather channel alongside the locals. Another option would be to build in a NWS data receiver into all new IRD's. That would not always work, however. Instant Weather is the compromise that does work, albeit not as well as the true local Weather Channel inserts.
     
  9. EricG

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    That's fine for everyone who has a Wink enabled box, but after I switched from E* to DirecTiVo, I didn't get Wink with the Hughes box. :(
     
  10. Bub2001

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    I would like to see the Weather Channel added to the spot-beams and some kind of regional forecast added, encompassing the area serviced by the spot-beam.
     
  11. jegrant

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    Well, the SkyTrak Weather Channel is part of our lowest basic cable package here. It is also a Class A (low power) TV station on the air in Indianapolis, IN on Ch. 50.
    It's not carried on any satellite system. The only TV stations that must be carried by a satellite system are full power ones. Even then, the rule only applies if they choose to carry any stations in a DMA. If they carry one, they "must carry" all full power TV stations that request it.
     
  12. Geronimo

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    I doubt that this is feasible. The cable comapny sends one feed over its lins. Youa re asking the DBS comapnies to send who knows how nmany feeds out.

    Theera re amny advantages to DBS but cable hyas the edge when it comes to


    weather
    local news channels
    public access
    school closings
    community interest

    Persoanlly I think that the advantages of DBS are greater tan those of DBS but to each their own.
     
  13. lee635

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    With the spotbeams, couldn't they workout a deal with TWC to produce a regional weather forecast for each spotbeam area? I suppose then you would have a conus TWC feed, then a feed on each spotbeam that simulcasts the conus feed, except for the "local weather on the 8s".
     
  14. Geronimo

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    They COULD do it but would it be efficient? Do you really want to use bandwidth for this. Besides we are not ALL on spots.
     
  15. Kman

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    Do they all originate from the weather channel or does the local weather feed originate in local areas? I ask this because if all the local feeds are originated at TWC channel, then there must be a way for each local area to be able to pick up it's correct local feed from that same channel. I still think it can be done by zip code or something. If they can come up with a video game channel, they can come up with a way to get local weather feeds. Maybe right now DBS providers do not think it is worth addressing. I wonder if the FCC would push the EAS for local areas, that the local weather could then tag along???. Just like DBS providers use local channels as a selling tool now, they can add local detail weather too. If DBS keeps nipping at the cable companies services, they will get more subscribers along the way.
     
  16. MarkA

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    LOL. I hope not. That's a total waste of bandwidth if I ever did hear one. Besides, there are no local weather channels. The local weather is inserted by the cable company from a VBI signal on the national feed.
     
  17. Kman

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    Actually, there are local independent weather channels. We have one here in the eastern PA- NJ area. That is another story.
     
  18. Guest

    What utopia do you folks live in where the weather channel predictions are even half correct. I always laugh when they show 5 day forecasts that are completely different from yesterday's 5 day forecast.
     
  19. Kenster

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    True enough,I don't put much stock in long term forecasts. I really like it for current conditions, short term forecast and area radar. When you have a major storm approaching its nice to have that local update every ten minutes.
     
  20. Kman

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    three day forecast might as well be 300 day forecast. They could omit the long range forecast as far as I care. I also would want the local for the NWS scroll along the screen bottom during possible severe weather conditions.
     
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