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Weather Channel Driving Me Mad!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by NaperDan, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    If you want to watch The Weather Channel without all that active content try this trick I've used for years.
    Tune in channel 362 and hit "pause". Wait 30 seconds before you do this so the live buffer will have something to pause. Then simply press PLAY and you will be watching the channel a few seconds delayed from the live buffer. This eliminates all the delays and the "Eight on the Eights" local forecast BS. You will be watching the nationwide satellite feed only!
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Took about 12 seconds to load local weather after hitting red button, and this was on a Genie client.
     
  3. Microphone

    Microphone AllStar

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    It locks up for me too.

    You would think with the technology, we could have "real" local weather like cable does. My local cities are 100 miles away in Eastern Massachusetts.
     
  4. linuspbmo

    linuspbmo AllStar

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    My HR-24 also locks up when I tune to the weather channel. I can't change the channel for 15 to 30 seconds while it's loading the local weather box, not a major problem but it's noticable.
     
  5. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

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    Cable uses a technology called Intellistar that inserts local on the 8s on the feed for the entire headend. Since DirecTV is a national provider, any local forecasts have to be generated by the receiver.

    DirecTV uses the zip code, so in many cases DirecTV's version is much more local compared to cable where in some instances the headend covers multiple counties. Especially here in the Poconos where the terrain can mean a foot of snow in one place and just rain less than 20 minutes away.

    Not sure where you are seeing local cities 100 miles away. Are you referring to the regional segment that gives conditions around the state?
     
  6. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

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    My bedroom HR24 is without a doubt the absolute slowest of all my receivers, of which I have multiple HR20-700s, HR22s, and an HR21.I've cleared the NVRAM and everything else this forum has suggested via the many posts I've read, but that hasn't helped one bit. The IRD is even slower when I'm on The Weather Channel. I noticed that if I press "exit" on my remote, this tends to clear its "backlog" just a wee bit, freeing it up to do what it's supposed to do.
     
  7. mrro82

    mrro82 Legend

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    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't have lock ups of either of my units. One is an HR24/500 and the other a H25/700.
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 Genius. DBSTalk Club

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    Join the club...lol
     
  9. Microphone

    Microphone AllStar

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    Yes the regional segment. I understand what you're saying. In some ways it may be overall a little more accurate, but not nearly the depth that cable has, including local radar. I guess that's what smartphones are for!
     
  10. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

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    I also experience fairly long delays on TWC. And the local weather information offered is of little use compared to what's available more quickly on the computer.
     

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