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Will Dish Jump On The WeatherNation Bandwagon With Direct?


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#26 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:15 AM

DISH renewed their contract with TWC on May 24th, 2010, dropping The Weather Case (former WeatherNation) in the process.

I would not expect to see WeatherNation until at least May ... depending on how many years the "multi-year" contract with TWC lasts and what happens with DirecTV before then.
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:49 AM

I will speculate that they will Keep TWC and use it in the advertising to try to get the people that are unhappy with DTV for dropping the TWC.

So far I am liking the new programming. It was really irritating to think you were going to see the weather and get a "Highway to Hell" program instead.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:10 AM

DISH renewed their contract with TWC on May 24th, 2010, dropping The Weather Case (former WeatherNation) in the process.

I would not expect to see WeatherNation until at least May ...

No sure why it couldn't be added now.  Channels 213 and 215 are both vacant.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:20 PM

I will speculate that they will Keep TWC and use it in the advertising to try to get the people that are unhappy with DTV for dropping the TWC.
So far I am liking the new programming. It was really irritating to think you were going to see the weather and get a "Highway to Hell" program instead.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

Remember that Dish has dropped TWC before.

 

If the contract is up this year, TWC is still off DirecTV and TWC keeps playing their games, I'm not so sure they won't be gone from Dish too.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:37 PM

I hope Dish drops them too. TWC has become worthless with all the shows and less & less weather coverage. Kinda like MTV for weather! :nono2:


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:08 PM

No sure why it couldn't be added now.  Channels 213 and 215 are both vacant.


I believe there is a contract issue ... if I were running TWC I certainly would have put an "exclusive weather channel" clause in the contract as part of the 2010 renewal. If TWC ever gets back on DirecTV they will probably want the same. I am not in favor of such exclusive channels. There are plenty of news channels and sports channels. I would not want them limited to one of each genre.

BTW: 213 is still uplinked as "TWC2 -The Weather Channel 2", 215 is Al Jazeera America (News).
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:22 PM

I hope Dish drops them too. TWC has become worthless with all the shows and less & less weather coverage. Kinda like MTV for weather! :nono2:


Not drop The Weather Channel. But I do agree on your viewpoint on how The Weather Cannel has changed.

I do like then there is a big weather event The Weather Channel stays with weather coverage.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:58 AM

If they (TWC) would ditch all the reality shows, they would have a decent product again. If not, and WeatherNation stays 24/7 weather coverage, I would rather have them instead.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:09 PM

I totally agree with the above.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 02:23 PM

A lot of direct people voiced the same.

 

I say enough reality. [ I counted 36 shows on their site.] I also rather not wake up with Al.  [ too pompous for my tastes]

 

When I tune it in I expect weather. 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:42 PM

A lot of direct people voiced the same.

I say enough reality. [ I counted 36 shows on their site.] I also rather not wake up with Al. [ too pompous for my tastes]

When I tune it in I expect weather.


That is what is wrong with network TV. Wayyyyyyyyyy too many reality shows. I rarely for that reason look at network TV.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

No word from Dish?

 

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:26 PM

No word expected until May ... May 2014 or May 2015 or May 2016 or ... but not likely until a May.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:30 PM

Awww, C'mon, they could toss WN on as a teaser.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:28 PM

Awww, C'mon, they could toss WN on as a teaser.


I do not believe that they can ... as already discussed in this thread.

I would not complain if WeatherNation showed up on 213 tomorrow - but as stated, I do not expect to see anything until whichever May that the contract with TWC expires.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:54 AM

 

Set against Atlanta’s skyline and overlooking its Centennial Olympic Park, AccuWeather has placed a massive promotional billboard – smack dab on the home turf of its competitor The Weather Channel (headquartered in Atlanta).

 

It reads: “AccuWeather Channel.  All Weather, All the Time. Coming Soon.”

 

Them fighting words.

 

(It’s no coincidence, I don’t think, AccuWeather is flaunting this billboard at precisely the time some 3,000 meteorologists are in town for this week’s American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting.)

 

The Weather Channel is regrouping after being dropped by DirecTV following a carriage dispute.  From its launch in the 1980s up until recent weeks, it had operated with little or no competition.  That’s changed suddenly.  The start-up Denver-based Weather Nation now occupies its old slot on DirecTV.

 

Sensing The Weather Channel is down, AccuWeather appears to be publicly stating it’s ready to pounce.  Its weather channel will launch in the third quarter this year.

 

Stay tuned…

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:05 PM

I agree in part the weather channel did have a lot of shows the last couple of years.  But I can not agree the channel that replaced them is way better.  I have to tune to that channel to receive local weather.  I then must hit the red button sometimes two to three times for the feature to work.  All I can get is a multiple day forecast no weather map,  and i would imagine if there was a weather alert I would not have that feature as well, to me it is like when they replaced sirius with sony for the music channels, that was like going from a caddy to a yugo with a blown engine.  it was nice to hit the active button and get my local, not saying the weather channel could not have been better, I'm just saying it had much more user friendly features.  One feature that neither give is the weather map in motion which would be nice.  by the way my direct tv bill went up not down in price, so don't tell me how CEO White ( probably a seven figure income) is watching out for me the consumer.  Been with direct tv since 2002, but I may have to give Dish a try.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:19 PM

I agree in part the weather channel did have a lot of shows the last couple of years. But I can not agree the channel that replaced them is way better. I have to tune to that channel to receive local weather. I then must hit the red button sometimes two to three times for the feature to work. All I can get is a multiple day forecast no weather map, and i would imagine if there was a weather alert I would not have that feature as well, to me it is like when they replaced sirius with sony for the music channels, that was like going from a caddy to a yugo with a blown engine. it was nice to hit the active button and get my local, not saying the weather channel could not have been better, I'm just saying it had much more user friendly features. One feature that neither give is the weather map in motion which would be nice. by the way my direct tv bill went up not down in price, so don't tell me how CEO White ( probably a seven figure income) is watching out for me the consumer. Been with direct tv since 2002, but I may have to give Dish a try.


I believe you will see the weather app
Come back in the next month or so.

And that bill went up because of sports and other things. It just didn't go up as much with the lack of the wether channel. Do you think any carrier went down? Nope none.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

I agree in part the weather channel did have a lot of shows the last couple of years.  But I can not agree the channel that replaced them is way better.  I have to tune to that channel to receive local weather.  I then must hit the red button sometimes two to three times for the feature to work.  All I can get is a multiple day forecast no weather map,  and i would imagine if there was a weather alert I would not have that feature as well, to me it is like when they replaced sirius with sony for the music channels, that was like going from a caddy to a yugo with a blown engine.  it was nice to hit the active button and get my local, not saying the weather channel could not have been better, I'm just saying it had much more user friendly features.  One feature that neither give is the weather map in motion which would be nice.  by the way my direct tv bill went up not down in price, so don't tell me how CEO White ( probably a seven figure income) is watching out for me the consumer.  Been with direct tv since 2002, but I may have to give Dish a try.


Your primary complaint seems to be the apps, not the channel. Perhaps your ire should be directed at DirecTV and their receiver/app design?

The benefit of WeatherNation is not needing the app to see the weather. Sure, I like the TWC apps on the Hopper ... especially because I can use one of them to get the weather regardless of what channel I am watching. An app like that is a step toward not needing the channel. But the channel is there for a deeper explanation of regional and national weather ... something that was missing on TWC during their long reality show blocks. Even the twice hourly "weather on the 8's" is useless in the reality show hours as the information goes by too quick.

It would be great to have both ... a weather channel that shows weather 24x7 as well as an app for those who can't wait or don't want to change video channels. Systems with TWC instead of WN are missing 24x7 weather.
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 06:20 PM

You'd think by now, some kind of hint or whiff of a notion of what Chucky is thinking would have trickled down.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:16 PM

Why? Contract isn't up then nothing for him to do yet.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:16 AM

And that bill went up because of sports and other things.

It was an interesting slight of hand for DIRECTV to raise their general rates somewhat less than the competition to much cheering from the fanboys only to tack on a sports fee for quite a few.

Nonetheless, I prefer the more transparent approach to billing for what you're getting that DIRECTV is taking. I've just got to figure out why they charge the WHDS inclusive Advanced Receiver Fee to new accounts with only an HD DVR.
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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:40 AM

They don't want any new accounts to not have Whole Home Service. It's now standard with advanced equipment. What's so hard to figure in that?

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:15 PM

Because it shouldn't be forced on people.  Especially in the instance like if a person only has one HD-DVR in their home, and no other receivers.  Why should they have to pay for Whole Home DVR service?

 

Of course I still believe that there never should have been a charge for it in the first place.  They were getting I thnk $6/month for DVR service back then, which is now up to $10 a month.  That should be more than enough to cover R&D costs on upkeep and adding new features to their DVR service.


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