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Emergency Alert System

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by zimm7778, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I have a feeling I'm just extremely late to this but the EAS test just popped up while I was watching TV. Has this happened before? I've never, ever seen it on Directv before.
  2. Sea bass

    Sea bass Icon

    Jun 9, 2005
    I had it happen a few weeks back while watching Cinemax West.
  3. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010

    Interesting. Since most channels are CONUS, they haven't been putting them on CONUS channels in the past as you would otherwise be bombarded by rainstorms in Missouri, tornado alert in Kansas, Hurricane moving in on Florida, Flooding alerts from Wisconsin, Wild wires in Colorado, a Tsunami alert on the west coast, all the while you are sitting in your nuclear-proof log-cabin in Maine. :D

    They may have found a way to send them to zipcode areas though. Just as they send a continues stream of activations/deactivations that every receiver in America receives, they could use a hidden channel on a transponder to broadcast messages, that receivers will ONLY display if you match a certain zipcode.

    I think I remember seeing an alert on the local KCAL9 here once. That is a spotbeam local channel, so maybe it had it already incorporated in its feed.
  4. StL_Don

    StL_Don Cool Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I had one today also - chan 603 - no sound, just about 30 seconds of the message.
    This was a first for me.

    St. Louis
  5. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I'm guessing it must have happened on most or all. I was watching MLB Network and my son was watching Cartoon Network. Both went to EAS at the exact same time.
  6. PK6301

    PK6301 Legend

    May 16, 2012
    Erie, PA
    I saw it on my local NBC station around 3 pm Eastern time while they were brodcasting the olympics..I thought it was just another routine test.
  7. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Must have been test.

    Had this not been a test, you would have....

    Never mind... ;)

  8. weadjust

    weadjust AllStar

    May 9, 2008
    Tupelo, MS
    I got it today also around lunch time. It was a test from the Los Angeles County emergency broadcast system. If something bad goes down in LA at least I will know to switch to one of news channels and watch it live. It will take on hell of an earthquake to effect me in Mississippi, but thanks trying.
  9. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Had it pop up today on A&E. No sound as well, just the video.

    - Merg
  10. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    I suspect that since the last few system updates were rolled out by television market, they now have the ability to broadcast EAS messages the same way.

    An EAS message will apply to an entire TV market, so it looks like that's what they were testing.

    Now, I wonder if that message will also appear of you're watching a recorded program.
  11. LynnW

    LynnW Cool Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    I got the EAS message yesterday between 11 AM and noon on the Military channel. It was for Los Angeles and I'm in St. Louis.
  12. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Yeah I noticed the message on my DVR's recording of the Olympics on NBC4, the local affiliate in Los Angeles.

    Since their HQ is in Los Angeles, would it be possible they just inserted the Los Angeles test message to make sure it all works? If they permanently hooked it up, good luck y'all, they test around NOON once a week, and that is mandatory.
  13. jsk

    jsk Icon

    Dec 27, 2006
    Fallston, MD
    Did they play Lady Ga Ga again?
  14. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Ya know, I didn't pay close enough attention to the text to see what it said.

    - Merg
  15. Richard

    Richard Legend

    Apr 23, 2002
    South Texas
    Hopefully it is separate from the channel currently being tuned to. I don't watch anything live and don't have any use for this whatsoever. And I don't want to see it on any of my recorded shows.
  16. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    Seems they are working on a national EAS message.... wasnt that last fall when they did that big test that was an epic fail?

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