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The Weather Channel and DIRECTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by The Weather Channel, Jan 11, 2014.

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  1. Jan 11, 2014 #1 of 218
    The Weather Channel

    The Weather Channel New Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    The Weather Channel Launches Campaign to Alert DIRECTV Customers of Potential Loss of Critical Programming
    With crucial public safety and severe weather preparedness programming at risk of being dropped by DIRECTV, campaign asks consumers to speak out​
    For Release: January 11, 2014

    ATLANTA, GA – Today The Weather Channel launched a nationwide campaign to alert DIRECTV customers that they are at risk of losing access to its critical weather programming, and asking them to contact Congress about this public safety issue. The Weather Channel and DIRECTV are involved in negotiations to renew The Weather Channel’s carriage agreement, but to date an agreement has not been reached. If an agreement is not reached by Tuesday, January 14 at 12:01 a.m. ET, DIRECTV viewers will lose access to the 24/7/365 national and hyperlocal weather information that The Weather Channel provides to consumers and communities across the country.

    “For DIRECTV to take us off their lineup would be deeply irresponsible to its customers who not only count on The Weather Channel on a day-to-day basis, but depend on us before, during and after severe weather events. As the most trusted source of weather news and information in America, The Weather Channel is there when it matters most. If we are not available to DIRECTV’s 20 million viewers, they will miss the accurate and life-saving information we have been providing for more than 30 years,” said David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company, parent company of The Weather Channel. “We have offered the industry’s best rate for our programming and are committed to reaching an agreement.”

    Starting today, The Weather Channel will begin asking DIRECTV viewers and all Weather Channel supporters to call their Representative and Senators in Washington and ask them to help keep this critical public safety resource in the DIRECTV lineup. Given the increasing frequency and severity of weather-related emergencies across the country, access to timely and accurate weather information is imperative for public safety and, therefore, an issue meriting Congressional attention.

    The campaign, aimed at demonstrating the critical public safety role of The Weather Channel, will be supported by a multifaceted direct-to-consumer campaign that will include advertising on The Weather Channel, weather.com and on The Weather Channel’s mobile apps. Viewers who are interested in getting involved are encouraged to visit www.keeptheweatherchannel.com. Here, consumers can submit a letter to their Congressional representative and can find a list of Congressional office numbers to call to make their voice heard. Consumers are also encouraged to use social media to get involved with the campaign by sharing the keeptheweatherchannel.com URL, tweeting @directv using the hastag #stormdirectv, and posting on DIRECTV’s Facebook page.

    Every day, 100 million households rely on The Weather Channel to provide critical and accurate real-time weather-related information. With more than 220 meteorologists, forecasting covers the entire United States from the national and regional level, all the way down to the hyperlocal street level. The Weather Channel also maintains two-way partnerships with public and non-profit emergency response organizations, including The American Red Cross, FEMA and NOAA, allowing for a constant flow and disbursement of critical weather-related information when it matters most.

    # # #

    The Weather Company: Where the World Gets its Weather
    Through The Weather Channel, weather.com, Weather Underground, Intellicast.com, and third-party publishing partners, the company provides millions of people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and data, connecting with them through television, online, mobile and tablet screens. Through WSI and Weather Central, the company delivers superior professional weather services for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.

    For additional information:
    Shirley Powell
    The Weather Channel
    (770) 226-2522
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  2. Jan 11, 2014 #2 of 218

    sdk009 Icon

    Jan 19, 2007
    Kihei, Maui, HI
    Boy if TWC thinks that "Highway to Hell", "Heavy Metal Monster", & "Prospectors" (part of Saturday's line-up) are critical programs then they are really full of themselves.
    8 people like this.
  3. Jan 11, 2014 #3 of 218

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
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    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Drop these clowns Directv.
    I went on last night to catch the weather at 10pm, Guess what, sorry another stupid show and no weather. Useless!
    2 people like this.
  5. Jan 11, 2014 #5 of 218

    MysteryMan DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Had they not switched their original format from 24/7 weather reporting to broadcasting a lot of non-weather programming they wouldn't be in their current situation with DirecTV!
    2 people like this.
  6. Jan 11, 2014 #6 of 218

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Jan 10, 2008
    Drop them like a hot potato.....

    Sent from my iPad using DBSTalk
    1 person likes this.
  7. Jan 11, 2014 #7 of 218

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    [SIZE=medium]They are of no use to since they stopped 24/7 weather. We have way to many reality channels now, time to chop one.[/SIZE]
  8. Jan 11, 2014 #8 of 218

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    I just posted my feelings on Facebook . :righton:

    Guess what Weather channel?
    It wasn't in your favor.

    Good old Sammy better go back to GMA! !rolling
  9. Jan 11, 2014 #9 of 218

    jle1639 Member

    Apr 15, 2013
    dothan al
    Don't need the weather channel it useless.
  10. Jan 11, 2014 #10 of 218

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Why not, it isn't as if Congress has any important issues that it needs to deal with. :shrug:

  11. Jan 11, 2014 #11 of 218

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    If you have a product that nobody wants then go to congress and make a law that you buy it.
    This is not a political comment.
  12. Jan 11, 2014 #12 of 218
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Dear Weather Channel PR ...

    It isn't up to congress to negotiate a fair contract for you. It is up to you to offer a price DirecTV can accept and provide a product that DirecTV subscribers want. If you want your channel to be on DirecTV on Tuesday you need to talk to DirecTV.

    4 people like this.
  13. Jan 11, 2014 #13 of 218

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

    Jan 4, 2006
    buh bye "Weather" Channel....
  14. Jan 11, 2014 #14 of 218

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    The no-weather channel sux.
  15. Jan 11, 2014 #15 of 218

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    Anyone here like The Weather Channel?????
  16. Jan 11, 2014 #16 of 218

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    About 15 years ago. :smoking:
  17. Jan 11, 2014 #17 of 218

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    The Weather Channel doesn't show weather anymore, so dropping it won't affect me anymore. There are other options now.. such as Weather Nation.
  18. Jan 11, 2014 #18 of 218

    onan38 Legend

    Jul 17, 2008
    I deleted Weather Channel from my guide when Weather Nation went live. To much crap on the screen when they do show the weather and their other programing is of no interest to me.
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  19. Jan 11, 2014 #19 of 218

    catnapped AllStar

    Dec 14, 2007
    You folks that want TWC gone will be sorry when you're at the water cooler and don't know the name of the next winter storm!!!!!!! !rolling
    2 people like this.
  20. Jan 11, 2014 #20 of 218

    say-what DIRECTV A-Team

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    There's nothing critical on TWC. I can't tell you the last time I tuned to TWC. If I need weather info, I use my locals and the internet. TWC is useless
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