remember that DIRECTV does not have the right to broadcast any channel without an agreement. The Weather Channel allowed that agreement to expire and we see no evidence that either side made any attempt to allow for broadcast during negotiations.
DIRECTV keeps channels on the air all the time while negotiating, except when the people on the other side of the table don't let them.
There are going to be people on both sides of this argument. DIRECTV currently claims that so far they've had only minimal complaints and an unusual number of compliments for this move. True? Not? Who knows.
Out of curiosity, what is it that your relatives and friends don't like about WeatherNation? Is it the lack of a "weather on the 8s" function? I know they're working on it.
Again for me , it it's not even necessarily a matter of WHO pulled the station. It does seem like it was DTV, but no one knows. My point is about the utter disregard of customers when ANY STATION gets pulled DURING negotiations. If TWC pulled the station , then sure, they are to "blame" here. It happens all the time, I realize. Content owners do this constantly. That doesn't "seem" to have happened here, but maybe it did. The point I am trying hard to make above all of the DTV defenders here is that while negotiating contracts it is despicable for EITHER SIDE to pull the station. I know whoever does it , does it because they think it gives them leverage, but all they are doing is screwing the customer. I bet anything that pulling a station makes no difference at all in whatever contact is finally signed (or not signed). Renew TWC, or don't, but both sides have to realize that they are making customers mad - again despite the echo champer in online forums ...
Edit: Sorry, forgot to answer your question. My relatives know and like the people themselves, Jim Cantore, et al, as well as the weather-on-the-8s'.. My friends just like the station in general, they think the new one looks cheesy. I think the new station is OK actually to be honest.
Edited by don s, 16 January 2014 - 01:28 PM.