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#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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Edited by Alan Gordon, 24 May 2010 - 04:08 PM.


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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
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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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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:06 PM

We have pretty good local weather coverage here in my DMA... so honestly I never needed to turn to the Weather Channel much since I don't travel and thus don't need to know immediate weather conditions everywhere.

Sometimes during hurricane season it is worth a look to see if something is coming your way from somewhere far off... but otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the local weather coverage I get.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 02:46 AM

I hope the new TWC interactive local radar is more "local" than in the past. The "local" for the Cleveland area is the radar of 7 states in one shot, microsized. My old cable system had a 3 or 4 county radar moving loop which was one of the only good things about cable.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:19 AM

My problem with the TWC interactive radar is that the label for Philidelphia covers all of northern Maryland down to DC. At least TWCast interactive app dropped the useless labels. If you can't find Philidelphia on a map, then you probably won't understand the radar.

I wonder if TWC will show Purple Rain next ;)
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:37 AM

I wonder if TWC will show Purple Rain next ;)

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:22 AM

When we were still installing C-Band receivers in SMATV systems for hotels, The Weather Channel had this separate device called a WeatherStar (I think that is what it was called).
It basically picked up on a data stream from the same C-Band satellite, and then it would take over the bottom of the screen for TWC and show local weather, 24/7. This was a very useful tool for hotel guests.
When we started upgrading our headends to Dish Network, that service went away with the c-band stuff.
I always wondered when TWC would set something up with Dish Network to provide more local data.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:03 AM

When we were still installing C-Band receivers in SMATV systems for hotels, The Weather Channel had this separate device called a WeatherStar (I think that is what it was called).
It basically picked up on a data stream from the same C-Band satellite, and then it would take over the bottom of the screen for TWC and show local weather, 24/7.


As an old C-Band user myself, I remember when the Weather Channel would deliver "local weather" using the Video Cypher graphics. Basically they gave us a rolling list of cities with weather conditions, nothing specific to a zip code.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:31 AM

Then probably they will be put back on the phones on Dish Network's tech support line.


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Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:49 AM

So, NBC Universal wins out again and the subscribers do not get a useful service.


If you don't like NBC Universal now, just wait until Comcast buys it (The application is moving ahead smoothly). I can't believe how little opposition there is to the deal. Get ready to say goodbye to NBC O&O's, NBC network, CNBC, TWC, USA, etc. on Dish & Direct. I can't see any reason why Comcast can't cut them all off.

Also, expect Comcast to take the FCC's offer to sell some of their new O&O TV spectrum for wireless broadband. Does this bother anyone else?

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 11:17 AM

I welcome this new weather channel if it lives up to what they are saying.
If this joint venture between The Dish Network and The Weather Channel can provide a new interactive channel that will give local weather information then this is absolutely great news!
I live in Hawaii and when ever I tuned to The Weather Channel all the information was basically for the mainland 48 continental states and very little weather information was about Hawaii or Alaska. But now at last and finally it will be fantastic to have a 24/7 channel dedicated to weather service information for my local area of the country on my TV.
This is excellent news and long over-due especially for the US residence of Hawaii viewers.
Well done and Thank you. :)

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 11:41 AM

mbgm,

Let me welcome you to dbstalk. Glad to see you here. There are a lot of members with some a very vast knowledge of DirectV and Dish on board. Please enjoy yourself on here. Once again welcome aboard.




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