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Weather Channel to Relaunch Nov 11 with Weather All the Time


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#76 OFFLINE   Dude111

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:12 PM

With all the technology they have nowadys is it necessary to have all this information on the screen?

No and its worse than it was before!!!!!!! (And still doesnt have ALL WEATHER!! (Its the same as it was BEFORE 11/11))

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#77 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 12:15 PM

What gets me is the weather related shows on The Weather Channel are like repeats. DISH scoukd carry WEATHERNATION. That is a true weather information channel.


DirecTV is apparently planning on carrying WeatherNation ... unless the uplink is a ploy to force The Weather Channel to get their act together. DISH did that a couple of years ago and got The Weather Channel to back away from airing movies with loose connections to weather (Twister made sense, but The Avengers had weather control as a weapon). If DirecTV adds WeatherNation I hope they keep it ... regardless of what happens with TWC.

Full screen weather 24/7 with no programs about weather does not mean more live studio time. It is easy to record a couple of hours and play it on a loop. Even done live a weathercast is fairly repetitive. The forecasts don't change that much hour to hour. And they can always go live when they need to count down the minutes to landfall with a hurricane or cover a major weather event.
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Posted 08 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

Full screen weather 24/7 with no programs about weather does not mean more live studio time. It is easy to record a couple of hours and play it on a loop. Even done live a weathercast is fairly repetitive. The forecasts don't change that much hour to hour. And they can always go live when they need to count down the minutes to landfall with a hurricane or cover a major weather event.

 

While I don't disagree completely, you do have to take into account things like radar.  If TWC is showing a 2-3 hour old radar image because they're looping pre-recorded programming, they'll lose all credibility (if they haven't already by naming winter storms).



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:26 PM

I agree - standing in front of a radar image then reusing that clip for hours is bad. Radar could be shown in voiceovers with the image shown live even if the voiceover is reused. It can be done without any big red flags such as standing a person in front of the radar. (One could probably update the radar behind the person, but with the current trend of using video walls instead of green screen that is not as easy as it was.)
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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:35 PM

DirecTV is apparently planning on carrying WeatherNation ... unless the uplink is a ploy to force The Weather Channel to get their act together. DISH did that a couple of years ago and got The Weather Channel to back away from airing movies with loose connections to weather (Twister made sense, but The Avengers had weather control as a weapon). If DirecTV adds WeatherNation I hope they keep it ... regardless of what happens with TWC.

Full screen weather 24/7 with no programs about weather does not mean more live studio time. It is easy to record a couple of hours and play it on a loop. Even done live a weathercast is fairly repetitive. The forecasts don't change that much hour to hour. And they can always go live when they need to count down the minutes to landfall with a hurricane or cover a major weather event.


Wait dish single handed my stopped the weather channel from doing that? I must have missed that.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:59 PM

I finally saw Lot8's yesterday on the weather channel. Looks like the HR24-200 generates SD overlay graphics up until the last slide when they show the new HD format of the west coast animated radar. I'm not sure if non DVR's generate Lot8's or not. I didn't even know DirecTV did this, never saw it before. I thought they showed the national feed like Comcast shows on the HD version of weather channel.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:48 PM

They've been doing it since 2008 in addition to things like a severe weather alert and tone:
http://investor.dire...eleaseid=340391

At first it was only available on the SD feed, but eventually the HD feed got it too. It's available on every D, R, H and HR series receiver.

Edited by KyL416, 10 December 2013 - 08:55 PM.





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