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Dish & Weather Channel Reach Agreement including new services


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#21 OFFLINE   nmetro

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:04 PM

WeatherCast was good; it provided continuous weather without all the commercials The Weather Channel has done for years. So, NBC Universal wins out again and the subscribers do not get a useful service.

I get my weather from the internet already. I just go the some of television web sites in Denver and the NOAA web site. Using DISH's interactive Weather Service is slow, inconvenient and does not even cover northern Colorado. Again, I get more from the NOAA and Denver TV web sites.

So, for the next few months 213 will just have a blue slate touting a service; that may never come or falls short of expectation. Meanwhile, DISH customers had a great service, only for the purpose of corporate upsmanship. It was removed in the name of the corporate oligarchs at NBC Universal. Talk about lack of ethics here.

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#22 OFFLINE   sum_random_dork

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:05 PM

It will be interesting to see what comes of all this as a D* customer I'd love a real weather channel again. As others have mentioned the old days of TWC were great, as stories were going on in weather they covered them. Now, it's just not the same channel, heck on the West Coast we get a repeat of their morning show...we can't even get a real weather report. I know Accuweather also does local channels in some markets and provides forecasts for channels. In the SF DMA Accuweather provides weather for the local ABC affilate (O/O) and the local NBC (O/O) still runs a "Weather Plus" channel but they don't have local updates on it anymore it's just a loop of temps and the forecast with no voiceover (pretty boring channel). I sure hope D* gets with TWC as well to get a real weather channel up and running and let TWC show movies all day long but have one channel with real weather reports.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:12 PM

I am gussing the new channel will be called The Weather Channel 2 cause just turned it on and it said TWC2 press infor for an important announcement.

The same slate as reported earlier in this thread appears ... but yes, the channel name has changed.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:35 PM

It will be interesting to see what comes of all this as a D* customer I'd love a real weather channel again. As others have mentioned the old days of TWC were great, as stories were going on in weather they covered them. Now, it's just not the same channel, heck on the West Coast we get a repeat of their morning show...we can't even get a real weather report. I know Accuweather also does local channels in some markets and provides forecasts for channels. In the SF DMA Accuweather provides weather for the local ABC affilate (O/O) and the local NBC (O/O) still runs a "Weather Plus" channel but they don't have local updates on it anymore it's just a loop of temps and the forecast with no voiceover (pretty boring channel). I sure hope D* gets with TWC as well to get a real weather channel up and running and let TWC show movies all day long but have one channel with real weather reports.



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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:45 PM

D* is DirecTV.

E* is Echostar/Dishnetwork. :confused:;)

Correct. He's one of "them". :)

The desire for a 24/7 weather channel goes beyond provider choice.

#26 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:55 PM

Correct. He's one of "them". :)

The desire for a 24/7 weather channel goes beyond provider choice.


Some of us already have a 24/7 weather channel... it's called The Weather Channel.

However, some of us are nonetheless interested in how it plays out.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:02 PM

I hate to admit it but I never even looked at the Weather Cast channel. Was it any good? This came about pretty quickly.

They have weather digital sub-channels of the big 3 affiliates here, so I can go there if I really need weather. My wife occasionally will watch TWC though when there is some tornado show on.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:05 PM

Some of us already have a 24/7 weather channel... it's called The Weather Channel.

Really? The Weather Channel that is on DISH has a lot of non-weather content ... and while shows like "When Weather Changed History", "Storm Stories" and other documentary productions can be useful to deeper understand the weather - we're not getting weather coverage during those programs - just current conditions.

And this Friday we can watch Gorillas in the Mist instead of weather.

The only 24/7 televised weather feed I get is via local OTA television. TWC isn't 24/7 weather.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:08 PM

Based on other NBCU channels, we should be seeing outdoor wrestling on TWC soon.:D

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:10 PM

Really? The Weather Channel that is on DISH has a lot of non-weather content ... and while shows like "When Weather Changed History", "Storm Stories" and other documentary productions can be useful to deeper understand the weather - we're not getting weather coverage during those programs - just current conditions.


Can't speak about The Weather Channel on Dish... but The Weather Channel I receive on DirecTV is 24x7 Weather. ;)

And this Friday we can watch Gorillas in the Mist instead of weather.


I never saw that movie... but unless something happens in the film that I'm not aware of, that's a rather liberal choice of a weather related film.

The only 24/7 televised weather feed I get is via local OTA television. TWC isn't 24/7 weather.


It is on my TV... though "Gorillas In The Mist" may indeed be pushing it...

BTW, I can't speak for every channel, but I know some of my neighboring DMAs occasional run e/i programming during the daytime on some of their weather channels, so some are out of luck there...

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:24 PM

Can't speak about The Weather Channel on Dish... but The Weather Channel I receive on DirecTV is 24x7 Weather.

It is on my TV... though "Gorillas In The Mist" may indeed be pushing it...

You MIGHT want to check your program guide for Friday Night ...

DISH and DirecTV air the same "The Weather Channel". :rolleyes:

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:25 PM

TWC stuff is nice to have. Fortunately, NOAA has a pretty good web-based system out of Eureka, CA for us here and I have windows to look outside. So I pretty much know what's coming and what's happening in real time.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:27 PM

D* is DirecTV.

E* is Echostar/Dishnetwork. :confused:;)


I understand the the two.......I was just saying being a D* customer I can only hope they'd hop on board with the same idea of a 2nd weather channel that actually shows weather.....

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:10 PM

You MIGHT want to check your program guide for Friday Night ...

DISH and DirecTV air the same "The Weather Channel". :rolleyes:


Sorry... I meant to put a smiley to insinuate I was joking about the differences between the two services. It was my attempt at a joke...

As for checking my guide, I already stated that I felt "Gorillas In The Mist" might be pushing it... the same might even be said about "Riding Giants" that airs next Friday night.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:30 PM

This pisses me off!

I really liked the new Weather Cast channel. I liked seeing some of the previous meteorologists from our local stations. This includes the popular Paul Douglas, who left WCCO to take care of a sick parent.

The fact that it is locally produced just enhanced it for me.
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:59 PM

This pisses me off!

I really liked the new Weather Cast channel. I liked seeing some of the previous meteorologists from our local stations. This includes the popular Paul Douglas, who left WCCO to take care of a sick parent.

The fact that it is locally produced just enhanced it for me.

Withholding judgement until after the relaunch of on 213.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 05:54 PM

Withholding judgement until after the relaunch of on 213.

Hopefully the SOON relaunch of 213 ... DISH changed the slate to something prettier than the white on blue text. The quicker they get real content on 213 the better - even if they have to start out with a 24/7 weather loop aired nationally that is broken down into something regional later.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 06:38 PM

I wouldn't necessarily need something DMA specific for all 200+ DMAs - but something regional as well as some national overview would be nice.
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:44 PM

I personally don't mind "Storm Stories" and "When Weather Changed History" on The Weather Channel, but I have to agree with other people and say that showing movies on Friday is pushing it just a bit.

It's just like other channels, such as SyFy showing wrestling and Cartoon Network showing live action programming. Before you know it, QVC will revamp their "QVC Morning Show" with news and weather. :D
Do you DVR?

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 10:28 PM

I would still like to see a competing Weather network. Driving both to be great.
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