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.