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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wxguy, Jul 19, 2012.
any idea why YAUWS took his stuff offline? To me, they were the only decent TV Apps.
I read all this and I still don't understand why you pulled the most popular weather apps?
Now the Apps have been removed from the DirecTV App line up.
Just talked to a retention CSR and she confirmed the removal, but indicated new TVApps should be ready any day now and available for download.
She is escalating my issue and said I would be contacted via email with more answers. She was very courteous.
Huskie is probably taking the high road right now and not saying anything.
Yup, they pulled the NOAA Apps and my 5 Day Local Weather App still says "Invalid City".
What I meant was they are no longer on the Apps menu, to select. Before they were there and we got the gray box when we selected them.
Do a "search" for Radar and that still comes up on tvapps.directv.com, but when you click on it, you get the IE Webpage error.
Same here. If I'm presistent, I can bring up the forecast app after a few attempts.
I still have some of them but several are missing
Just these were removed:
NOAA Weather Radar ver 1.2
NOAA Weather Forecast ver 1.2
At precisely 3:26:12 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, TV apps won't load at all.
They're working now.
That's a real shame, those were the only good apps and they were more convenient than having to start my computer just to check the weather.
I don't understand the reasoning behind taking them down. Well I do. Huskie is obviously unhappy with DirecTV and perhaps justifiably so however, DirecTV doesn't really appear to be the one that is being harmed by taking the apps down. It's you and I...the ones who used them. I think it's safe to say DirecTV doesn't really care, which from what little has been shared may be the root of the problem.
But I don't actually know what went on between them so I don't want to speak too far out of turn.
I agree. I could start up my computer or load my phone program to directly access my radar data. This NOAA Apps were direct images from the local radar, not the (over) processed images from the weather channel. It was just very convenient to pop it over the screen, at least on those occasions when the apps would actually load. Seems to go through spells of getting broken fairly easily.
The work being done by this independent programmer was noteworthy, in spite of being ignored or disrespected by Directv. His history showed several programs he wrote that were cutting edge that the company decided to not implement. Even worse, the stuff with authorship by Directv seems to be getting dumped on by the company, so who knows where these are going.
If one of the other providers put the local radar on a channel, we'd probably sign up with them.
I'm fortunate in that where I am at I can pick up both the Tampa and Orlando OTA channels and that provides me with access to two dedicated 24-hour weather channels that have the radar on the screen over 90% of the time. Channel 10.2, WTSP Weather Now in Tampa and Channel 9.2 WFTV Severe Weather Center 9 are both full-time weather channels that I can resort to on the HR20 or the R22 w/AM21.
But I can't get a zip-code specific forecast on-demand from those sources. I have to sit and wait for it to rotate through all the cities in the area and can end up waiting several minutes for the forecast in my city.
Bottom line...even with those OTA weather channels I sill miss the YAUWS apps.
I get two OTA weather channels too, but they are animated blotches compared to the precise radar images found with the NOAA app. To me, there is absolutely no comparison. The old TVApp ruled our household, even for my 6 and 8 year old kids who are infatuated about storms approaching.
I agree on the clarity, although the animation is nice so you can tell if the storm is moving toward you.
Here in Florida, a storm front could be moving in any direction. In NE Ohio where I come from it was almost always moving West to East. Not so here.
D* really needs to provide a good wx radar app - It's almost important enough to be called a public safety issue.
Ideally, they also need a way to let viewers know if the NWS issues a severe wx alert for my county.
Aren't there better services on the internet? This isn't a rhetorical question, as I don't know that there are, nor where to find them off hand. But I can't agree that DIRECTV® needs to provide it.