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Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by tsmacro, May 20, 2010.
The weatherman who was on Good Morning America 26 years ago started TWC. I forget his name.
So does local newscasts repeat their stories every half hour in the same order. It's cost effective but STUPI!D!
The Weather Channel was the brainchild of former WLS-TV Chicago chief meteorologist and Good Morning America forecaster John Coleman, who took his idea to Landmark's then-chief Frank Batten.
A major part of the plan for the new network was that it would be able to provide localized weather information to its viewers. This was done through WeatherSTAR units located at each cable company's headend. These WeatherSTARs were able to insert local conditions, forecasts, and warnings over the national feed.
On 30 July 1981, The Weather Channel, Inc. was founded in Norfolk, Virginia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_The_Weather_Channel
I remember it being added as one of the first satellite channels on my then hometown cable system. The lineup was 12 VHF channels, mostly local broadcast with one distant station brought in via microwave link from a town close enough to receive it's signal. True "community antenna" cable. Then the system added "cable" channels 14-22 requiring special tuners. Eventually we had both movie channels, TBS and CNN. TWC replaced a locally generated weather channel that was a set of weather meters set up in an arc with a camera panning back and forth to show the dials. Advertisements were taped to the walls between the dials.
Nearly 30 years of weather ... a lot has changed, and while TWC isn't a channel I spend time watching it is a channel I expect to be there. I have been disappointed when I've turned there and they were not doing the weather.
If TWC remains on DISH I'll probably still turn there first ... then turn to The Weather Cast when TWC isn't airing weather.
I'm curious what will happen to the two channel plan for The Weather Cast if TWC sticks around. Will NASA get bumped (again)? I don't see TWC or Travel moving. ION could move (again) as well as Veria. Or the second channel could be forgotten.
LOL! :lol: I remember those days! A couple dozen channels, a new movie service called HBO, and a black and white camera panning past a clock, barometer, thermometer, and a wind gauge. We thought we were in heaven to have so many channels, and we could check weather 24/7 whenever we wanted! Talk about high tech! Unbelievable! :eek2:
I remember when HBO came on at 3:00 in the afternoon when they first started they did not broadcast during the day at first.
I use Weather bug on my computer more than watching the Weather Channel.
I remember when we first installed cable TV in Huntington, LI, NY (late 1960s). We thought we were in heaven with clear signals of the seven New York VHF channels (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13), 2 VHF (3, 8) and 1 UHF (30) channels from Connecticut, and 1 UHF (21) channel from Long Island. Channel 6, was weather dials most of time, except for some local high school games, community access programming (Town of Huntington Town Council Meetings) and New York Ranger Hockey/New York Knicks basketball from Madison Square Garden. Funny, in those days, there was more variet y on the 12 channels, then there is on with over 200 hundred satellite channels today.
Should we rename this thread "I remember when......."?
As long as we're talking about the weather (channels).
Yeah sure love the weather channel showing the movie Dead Calm instead of ACTUAL WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am surprised Accuweather does not have a weather channel. I think that would be a good option for Dish instead of trying to start their own.
I'm on the fence trying to decide between DTV and dish. This could seal the deal for me. I love the weather channel besides the crap movies they show. Is there anywhere I can preview weathercast channel?
Here is a link to a Youtube of Weathercast. It will give you a good idea of what it is about.
The Weather Cast has a website !!!
(Domain created January 15th, 2010.)
TV weather is much less important today than when TWC launched. In severe weather I go straight to the internet. Better radar and warnings are updated straight from the issuer. Besides my DISH will probably be out due to rain fade.
I presumed and hoped as much, just wanted to hear you say it.
They do It is on subchannel in many markets (ie Allentown,pa channel 69)
A weather radio - with a good antenna if you are far from the transmitters - is an even better backup since your computer probably will be useless when the power and/or your internet service goes down due to storms.
I have a Radio Shack scanner I use to listen to railroad activity and the local police and fire. This unit also picks up the weather really well, it runs on batteries and does not require a functioning internet.
One of the reasons I dumped cable for satellite was the annoying emergency broadcast "service" that would cut into whatever I was watching to give me information I didn't need. It would even break in if I was watching programming recorded on my DVR. It would also interrupt recordings in progress so a movie I was trying to record on HBO for example might be broken into several segments with five or so minutes missing between each. Arggh!
The alerts could be trigged by weather happening far from me in a different state - or it could happen when they tested the system, which seemed to occur a lot. Any time a thunder storm was within a couple of hundred miles of me, the alerts would come in. During the spring this would happen every day or two and sometimes several times a day.
The most annoying part was it would interrupt whatever I was currently viewing and switch me over to The Weather Channel - where they were usually running yet another block of commercials. Several times I was watching actual local weather news on a local station when the alert came in and switched me to TWC's advertising or some other blather I wasn't interested in.
I hope Dish never invents something this useless and annoying.
I've tried the SD version of Weather Cast on channel 213. Interactive did not work. I still cannot get the interactive local weather on Weather Cast HD 213.
I have a VIP612 with a phone line connected.
I went to Dish channel 100 and there I was able to get the interactive feature to work once I navigated through the menu.
The interactive feature is supposed to work on channel 213 right ?
Just hit select a few times while tuned in to channel 213 HD for local information is what I understand.
Or is channel 100 the only location for interactive ?