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Weather Channel to Relaunch Nov 11 with Weather All the Time


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#26 OFFLINE   slice1900

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:04 AM

I haven't seen the weather app stuff you're talking about, but the NWS puts out advisories in all caps and without much in the way of paragraphs. Not really anything Directv could do about that aspect since they're being relayed verbatim.

 

The all caps is a holdover from the days when they were sent out via teletype, and the NWS is trying to change that but there are some issues related to international conventions and agreements that will make doing so take time.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:23 AM

I agree with the fonts, way too small, and radar is poor at best. I think it needs a lot of work. TV as far As I'm concerned is my last stop for weather alerts. I feel the internet and smart phone alerts run circles around tv now days.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:40 PM

Are you actually having trouble reading the words? Or is it just that your preference is for larger fonts?? Or other?


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:47 PM

Are you actually having trouble reading the words? Or is it just that your preference is for larger fonts?? Or other?

"B".....a simple preference, but only for the watches/warnings page...



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:56 PM

I see! I do hope that page gets reworked. If I see an important warning pertaining to my neck of the woods, I'll go to my laptop or iPad to check it out. I hate that page, and yes bigger fonts would help, but maybe not a lot. Other things need to be done. 


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:19 PM

I see! I do hope that page gets reworked. If I see an important warning pertaining to my neck of the woods, I'll go to my laptop or iPad to check it out. I hate that page, and yes bigger fonts would help, but maybe not a lot. Other things need to be done. 

Totally agree....

I maintain my own weather website and usually have that info beforehand for my location, but I like keeping track of other family members towns as well and having it on the TV is a nice convenience.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:32 PM

I miss the "old" Weather Channel that was actually weather all day. Much like the Nat'l news channels TWC now is pretty much East Coast focused with and most live programing ends out here around 7-8pm.  I guess with the change in how we get our weather now and many hyper local websites it's just not needed as much.  Most areas of the country that have a lot of "weather" have local people that can forecast it much more quickly.  I know my first source for weather now a few websites and those forecasters I trust on places like Twitter that will respond when asked questions.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:56 PM

www.weather.gov - You pay for it, and you may as well use it.


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 11:57 PM

It seems like The Weather Channel peeps did not remember to change to all weather because there re still non weather shows listed in the directory.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:40 AM

"Weather All The Time" does not mean no other programming. :)

Watch for continuous weather on a bar below the programming or in an "L" bar around programming.
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Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:22 AM

Wonder when in the day they are going to switch it... as of now i have the same old weather channel...


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:27 AM

Wonder when in the day they are going to switch it... as of now i have the same old weather channel...

Same here......



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:42 PM

It be changing tomorrow  

 

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 02:37 PM

www.weather.gov - You pay for it, and you may as well use it.

On that point if you're on Twitter you can usually follow your local NOAA Weather office. By far they deliver the best info for where you live and they also often respond to questions posed to them and will give forecast for a local region if you ask.


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 03:35 PM

"Weather All The Time" does not mean no other programming. :)

Watch for continuous weather on a bar below the programming or in an "L" bar around programming.


That is nothing new. There has always been that weather information on the bottom of the screen.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 03:55 PM

That is nothing new. There has always been that weather information on the bottom of the screen.

Not 24/7 during commercial breaks and some of their long form programming. (i.e. right now the only thing on screen is the logo)

Check the links in post 38, they're bringing back local on the 8's all day long instead of limiting it to a bottom crawl during some programming. You probably won't see the benefits of it on satellite, unless they surprise us with a redesigned local on the 8s app that can overlay it, but they're also going to have a much more detailed forecast as part of an L bar on the HD feed.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:22 PM

Yeah it looks no different today. I even checked the local feed that comes in via my TV's QAM tuner (have cable for phone and Internet but unencrypted QAM works great for SD basic).


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:46 AM

Must've gone live around 7 or so because it sure looks different now.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:36 AM

Well 1 st impression for this DTV viewer.....No "Local" for  Local's on the 8's, and no local info anywhere on this new "L" shaped screen. Must be Comcast flexing a little muscle.......



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:01 AM

I liked the previous Weather channel set  i heard Mike say this morning that their new set is a state of art  set


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:50 AM

Well 1 st impression for this DTV viewer.....No "Local" for  Local's on the 8's, and no local info anywhere on this new "L" shaped screen. Must be Comcast flexing a little muscle.......

 

There was no local on Fios, either. Just the same regional slides that DirecTV had. Fios also has an app for the weather that you access via a button while watching the weather channel.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:58 AM

Does anyone know how many "local cable operators" have installed the Intellistar 2HD.

 

Also, the Dtv version of Lot8s is much better than DISH. At least they have something that provides local weather & bulletins.

 

DISH also promised a Weatherscan roll-out nationwide and that didn't happen either. Just like their Lot8s didn't appear in October 2006 as promised.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 04:23 PM

Here's what it looks like on Comcast in metro Atlanta.

 

The first image shows the local weather during programming...the subsequent images are Local on the 8's and what the localized screen looks like.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:55 PM

Looks great!

Be nice if we could get Lot8 on Internet connected receivers using a built in HTML5 based browser in the set top. At least they should update the graphics and fonts on the red button.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:59 PM

They should do state/regional localizations of The Weather Channel and put them on the spotbeams. 


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