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#176 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

but it's brought to you by TWC, so if TWC goes so does the app.

Ten-four, at least initially. Another party could make a TV app that does the equivalent, content coming from Gov. weather. (?)


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:40 PM

Ten-four, at least initially. Another party could make a TV app that does the equivalent, content coming from Gov. weather. (?)

We had one before.....Some private party had designed and it was available in the "old" TVApps.....before the current HD Apps. It could be configured for your local zip code and had a 5 day forecast, from the NWS. I think it even had a real local radar image available....



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:50 PM

As someone living in Maine, TWC is pointless.

That is for sure. It is like we don't even exist, most of the time. They talk about how cold NYC is when it is 20 degrees and we are below "0" and don't even get a mention.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:03 PM

My wife pointed this out to me....Anybody else see this article?:

 

http://www.miamihera...-safety-at.html

 

The link is from the Miami Herald, but it also appeared in in our local paper...

So now it is a safety risk that Congress needs to act on.... !rolling



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:12 PM

Er, yeah, that was in their original press release, which a new poster kindly started another thread with. Outrageous to try to pull in our overworked Congress people. (cough). Still, a safety risk!! Gimme a break. Your safety is at risk if you rely solely on TWC for anything. 


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:55 PM

How interesting....The guide shows they are running the reality show "Prospectors" but instead they are running live weather interspersed with whining about DirecTv dropping them in 23 hours.   So NOW they decide to show some weather eh?


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:42 AM

Why would I watch The No Weather Channel to watch weather forecast anyway, if all their forecasting is exaggeration, and they treat every little storm like a hurricane, even if rains for a few minutes, I just rather watch my local station or smartphone weather app for actual and factual weather. #The NoWeatherChannelSucks#


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:34 AM

And don't forget TV Apps for local weather, local radar, and customizing additional locals so you can see how your parents are doing in Miami.

TV Apps Weather is done by The Weather Channel. Won't the App get dropped as well?? 

 

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:44 AM

Directv holds the trump card on this issue. Accept our terms or we're outa here. Hang in there Directv don't flinch.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:11 AM

TV Apps Weather is done by The Weather Channel. Won't the App get dropped as well?? 

 

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I'm not into silly gadgets, but aren't there dozens of those from other sources?  Like local media?  You know, people that might actually know what's going on in their own area?


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:16 AM

How interesting....The guide shows they are running the reality show "Prospectors" but instead they are running live weather interspersed with whining about DirecTv dropping them in 23 hours.   So NOW they decide to show some weather eh?

 

While it's funny from an informed perspective, it's also quite disingenuous. They figure with the current stir that people will tune in to see what they might be missing should the channel be dropped. They'd look stupid claiming The Weather Channel is literally a life and death necessity and then air an all day marathon of cheezy reality shows. 


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:25 AM

TV Apps Weather is done by The Weather Channel. Won't the App get dropped as well?? 

 

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When you press the red button on the remote while watching TWC, you get this message with your local weather, "Don't let DirecTV control the weather".  You'd think DirecTV could edit this.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:26 AM

I will miss the Weather App, more than the actual Weather Channel, but I have one on my phone I can use instead.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:01 AM

I will miss the Weather App, more than the actual Weather Channel, but I have one on my phone I can use instead.

Same, by a large factor. It could be substituted for another app.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:56 PM

Wow, this is a crazy scare tactic by the Weather channel just to make money, your local media always has the best coverage of your area and people can always use the internet to get information as well. 
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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:43 PM

Safety risk? There is something called all weather NOAA  radio (KBOU). There is also this:

 

http://www.nws.noaa....l.php?thumbs=on

 

And:

 

http://www.wundergro...d?ID=KCOLONGM53

 

I can get instant weather, without having to wait for the commercial and/or reality program to end.

 

During the recent flooding, here in Longmont, Colorado, I used the above resources, plus the City of Longmont Emergency Web Sites it what I used. I never once tuned to The Weather Channel. 

 

It is more of a safety risk that The Weather Channel exists, because people get a false sense of security that nothing is happening in their area. The flooding here, was one of those instances. It was the local city officials, and stream tracking equipment, managed by NOAA, that helped to put out teh alerts, not some talking head in Atlanta. NBC Universal should just convert Teh Weather Channel to 24x7 Weather Disaster Movies to compliment "Sharknado" on SyFy. They certainly have a large library of B" Movies. And, one night a week, they can have "WWF All Weather Smack-Down".



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:50 PM

Just wondering, if DirecTV does shut down the Weather Channel, will WeatherNation come up with an app that will replace the one DTV has now?  :confused: 

 

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:52 PM

I think they'll have a name for this dispute as well:)

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:05 PM

I couldn't watch TWC anyway during severe weather.  I get SEARCHING FOR SIGNAL 771  !rolling


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:10 PM

There's a LOT more truth to that than they want to acknowledge. 


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:43 PM

I use my antenna during a storm, not much fade.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:53 PM

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

I couldn't watch TWC anyway during severe weather.  I get SEARCHING FOR SIGNAL 771  !rolling

 

 

BINGO!  The fact that satellite TV is subject to weather-based failure makes it unsuitable and unreliable as a vehicle for delivering severe weather information lifelines.

 

To me that fact alone renders TWC's argument invalid.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:09 PM

Weather Wars

 

Needless to remind viewers that 'The Weather Channel'

is owned by NBC Universal which, in turn, is owned by

Comcast, the largest MVPD in the country (world?). Any

questions about mega-merger conflicts, anti-trust issues

and downright corporate bullying must also be addressed.

 

Those of us who remember the giant AT&T monopoly and

resulting court/AG-ordered divestiture should divine where

this is going. Don't you love it when two multi-billion dollar

mega-duopolies duke it out in the streets over our eyeballs?

 

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:40 PM

 

According to SNL Kagan, an industry consulting firm, the Weather Channel currently has an average subscription fee of 13 cents per-month, per-subscriber. DirecTV, being one of the nation's biggest pay-TV distributors with over 20 million subscribers, has a slightly lower rate, people familiar with the matter say.

 

A Weather Channel spokeswoman says it is seeking only one penny more per-month, per-subscriber and that DirecTV actually wants to cut the current fee. A DirecTV spokesman countered that the increase is "substantially more" than one cent. Typically, programming rates increase on an annual basis over the life of a contract. Even if it is just a penny for the entire contract, that still translates to a $2.4-million increase per year.

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