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Will Dish Jump On The WeatherNation Bandwagon With Direct?


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#41 OFFLINE   James Long

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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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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:08 PM

And i still look at it as they wanted to charge more for the DVR service but phase it in and now they just charge all new people more for DVR service.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:36 PM

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.

Can't you troll somewhere else? If you must pepper our forum, how about being even handed? Or at least not rude. 


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:53 PM

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 .


Oh hogwash. Those fees have been there for a while now and simply equal out the RSN fees by market. There was no slight of hand and DIRECTV still raised rates less than my local cable company does even with the RSN fees.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:52 PM

How about we get back to the topic of DISH potentially carrying WeatherNation and post comments on other topics in the threads designed for DirecTV RSN fees, price increases, etc. ?
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Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:44 PM

If anything, maybe Dish keeps TWC, as a selling point over DirecTV? Not saying it's some ultra-premium content, but it is different (and in my opinion, much better when it matters) and these days that's all that matters sometimes.

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 04:25 PM

If anything, maybe Dish keeps TWC, as a selling point over DirecTV? Not saying it's some ultra-premium content, but it is different (and in my opinion, much better when it matters) and these days that's all that matters sometimes.

 

Seriously? Do you think anyone is going to choose a provider based on whether they have TWC?? Pac 12 Network, that I can totally see, but not TWC.

 

There are plenty of ways for providers to get a competitive advantage over one another by offering content the competition lacks, but TWC would be so far down the list I think you'd win more customers promoting that you have special interest channels broadcast in Vietnamese.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

I particularly like AccuWeather's web site.  Tells me all I need to know.

 

If it is going to have it's own channel, it could be a winner. [that is, if it doesn't cave in to reality tv :righton: ]


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:05 AM

Seriously? Do you think anyone is going to choose a provider based on whether they have TWC?? 

Well, I have been stopped by a few DirecTV customers saying that if TWC does not come back to DirecTV they will switch to Dish. don't know if these "few" folks will be enough for Dish to pay higher retrans fee if TWC asks for more $$$


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:43 AM

Well, the switchers won't have much of an effect on anything Dish decides to do. There could be a problem for TWC even if they want to renew at existing rates. 


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:30 PM

Well, the switchers won't have much of an effect on anything Dish decides to do. There could be a problem for TWC even if they want to renew at existing rates. 

 

 

Wonder if TWC would come in with even lower than existing rate at renewal time [ of course we'd never be privy ] cause if they lose dish, they are in trouble.

 

If they are not smart enough to re think existing programming, then at least insert a full weather report on the half  hour.


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