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Dish & Weather Channel Reach Agreement including new services


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#41 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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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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Posted 31 May 2010 - 02:13 AM

well, I too sadly never saw the weather cast channel during its brief stay on dish. And the weather channel is even more inferior than it was since (at least on my receiver) the interactive option to go direct to my local conditions/forecast is gone. I can go to channel 100 and get them, but that's a hassel.

I fully agree with those who want a weather channel that IS WEATHER 24/7. TWC is now mostly an entertainment channel w/ movies, ... just like many other channels which do it better. TWC should rename itself OWC, the Occasional Weather Channel. Sure weather (or news) can be boring when not much is changing. But if its 4 am and you really want to know what the conditions are or the forecast - well what is the point of having several hundred channels available to you?

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 08:45 AM

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.

They took 213 away from us completely. Does this mean the channel will not happen?

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:43 AM

They took 213 away from us completely. Does this mean the channel will not happen?

No ... it just isn't summer yet.

News release from Dish:

The deal provides for collaboration between both companies in developing state-of-the-art, full-time weather forecasting services designed specifically for satellite customers, including localized weather programming on DISH Network Ch. 213 (in addition to The Weather Channel's main feed on Ch. 214), interactive TV applications, as well as new Internet and mobile services. Deployment of the new services will begin this summer.



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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:11 PM

No ... it just isn't summer yet.


It IS meteorological summer. :D
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:17 PM

It IS meteorological summer. :D

For the rest of us it won't be summer until June 21st ... It is still spring.

Summer won't be over until Fall ... September 21st?
(And the end of meteorological summer a few weeks earlier, for the meteorologists out there.)

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 01:05 PM

It IS meteorological summer. :D

You couldn't tell it by our weather this year. Another rainy day.:(

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 09:27 AM

Well at least The Weather Channel dropped the "Flick and a Forecast" abomination on Friday nights. They now air either Weather Center or taped programming like "Storm Stories" or "Tornado Road". Movies on a weather channel never made sense to begin with. Now if they could only get rid of the guy that occupies the 6 and 10am blocks.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:41 PM

You couldn't tell it by our weather this year. Another rainy day.:(



Then come down here it's frickin 95 degrees!.:grin:;):flaiming!pepsi!:eek2:

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 02:12 PM

Then come down here it's frickin 95 degrees!.:grin:;):flaiming!pepsi!:eek2:

Ah well, as much as I'm complaining, over 85° is outside my comfort zone.

Today it's already 70° and getting warmer.:D

But they still left a 20% chance of rain in the forecast overnight.:(

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:56 PM

We only got up to 106 today. Have had a cool spring.




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