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Local forecasts on The Weather Channel

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Kevin, May 8, 2002.

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  1. Guest

    Oh please, in fact my family's cable bill is about $40 a month, and the Dish bill is about $120 a month.
    I'm just an objective person who cares most about picture quality.
    If Dish was delivering a high bitrate picture to me, then I'd be bashing my cable company, but as things are, my cable company is delivering the superior picture.
    If you'd have read some of my posts from years ago, you'd see that I have bashed my old cable company on picture quality a lot to.
    My old cable company used to have real bad picture quality, but then it was bought by a different company.
    My family tried free digital cable for a month, and when the new cable company came to install it, they said that the an analog cable picture this bad isn't acceptable, and they rewired the whole analog cable part and the picture quality on analog cable has been has been very very close to broadcast quality ever since then.
    The cable guys said that the problem with the old cable had to do something with ground water or something.
    My family only had digital cable only for 1 month, and it did have better picture quality than Dish, but not as good as analog cable.
    It also didn't have some of the exclusive channels that Dish has, and the digital cable boxes didn't have S-video outputs.
    The ONLY reason my family has Dish is because of the EXCLUSIVE channels that Directv and Digital Cable don't have.
     
  2. Guest

    I live in the suburbs of Philly.
    My source of the info is just the word on dbstalk, dbsforums, avsforums, alt.dbs.echostar, and also the percentage of people I know who have cable vs dbs, and also how many dbs dishes I see when I'm driving around the neighborhood or town.
     
  3. Nick

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    Good enough!

    Great to have you (and your input) here. :)


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  4. jegrant

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    I can't believe that the Weather Channel is that great!

    Maybe it's just because I live in weather-obsessed Central Indiana, but I have found that my local stations, particularly the SkyTrak Weather Network (a separate channel operated by my NBC affiliate) are much better than anything the Weather Channel can provide. I think live and local TV, Radio, and Weather Radio are the way to go.

    The only use I have for Dish's Instant Weather is to get my forecast, and lately, I haven't been doing that often. My local NBC affiliate (WTHR.com) has now implemented a "Personal Forecast" that plots a weather forecast for my house and emails it to me twice daily, plus maintains it on a web page I can visit any time.
     
  5. Kenster

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    Jack White, if your cable is $40 a month and your sat bill is $120, are you really making a fair comparison?: Basic (maybe digital) cable vs. Dish with a zillion add on premium packages? Are you counting your pay-per-view bill, also?
    Compare basic to basic. Here in Houston TW Digital is $40 a month with no add ons. Direct TV Total Choice with locals (no premiums) is $37. If you're making a comparison, let's talk apples and apples.
     
  6. Guest

    I wasn't meaning to imply that cable is cheaper, I was just responding to someone who said I owned stock in cable or that I worked for a cable company. The cable bill vs sat bill thing wa just to show that that's the farthest thing from the truth, and that if anything, my family helps out Echostar more with the high sat bill.
     
  7. STXJim

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    Actually the last 'big' one was Marilyn in Sept of '95. She really ripped up St. Croix and St. Thomas but I was lucky. At that time I lived on Tortola and the fifteen miles between us spared us from the brunt of the storm.
    I've lived in the Virgins since '93 and have experienced eight hurricanes here.
    Luis - Sept '95
    Marilyn - also Sept '95
    Bertha - Jul '96
    Hortense - Sept '96
    Erika - Sept '97
    Georges - Sept '98
    Lenny - Nov '99 and
    Debby - Aug '00
    After Hurricane Georges in Sept '98 we were without power for almost two months. When we were energized our transformer exploded sending a surge into our house that melted my surge protectors and destroyed my electronic components. I still don't understand how my refrigerator survived.
    Before moving here I lived on the coast of North Carolina for over twenty years. I can't begin to remember how many hurricanes I went through there. At least there we had the option to evacuate inland. I never wanted to leave my home though.
    These things really suck but I guess you got to pay some kind of price wherever you live.:)
     
  8. James_F

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    We got caught in that one during our honeymoon on St. John. It wasn't too much fun. The only funny part was that my wife's name is Marilyn, so I guess she ruined our honeymoon.
     
  9. STXJim

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    James,
    Many moons ago when we lived in NC my wife and I went to Barbados for our annivarsary.
    A Tropical Storm moved through while we were there.
    What a wash out....
    I didn't mind at all. The waves were great! I surf and that was part or the reason we went there.:)
    I think that Terri read two books sitting in a car while I was in the water.:(
    We still enjoied the heck out of our wonderful dinners together every night.
    BTW...That's a great picture of Karl Malone!:D :D :D
    DUH!!!:eek:
     
  10. Kman

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    Just curious, is that local Skytrak Weather channel picked up from your dish or do you have cable also? Here in eastern PA we have the Accu Weather channel, but right now is not picked up by Direct TV.
     
  11. Scott Greczkowski

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    I dont see a localized Weather Channel coming for eaither provider. The closest we may see would be a regional service such as IntelliCast.

    Local forcasts are put in using a special computer (The WeatherStar) which is installed in each cable companies headend. When I installed the two for our cable company they were running on Comodore Amiga computers. (This was 15 years ago) :)

    What we may see that I am sure both companies will fight is something the cable companies now must do, and that is provide EAS service on ALL CHANNELS.

    If a emergency condition is signaled for your area on cable all channels show the EAS information.

    If this requirement is made I wonder how DBS will handle it.
     
  12. HarryD

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    Eric,

    AFAIK, your local forecast is driven by a small computer AT THE CABLE Company. When it's time for the local forecast, a signal is sent to these computers who then send out what you see on your cable channel.
     
  13. Kman

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    When we get the current regional local weather from TWC, why couldn't the local detailed weather be sent to each area based on what zip code is entered in the DBS receiver? Is getting local detail weather an issue w/ Direct TV because of a capital cost involved? I doubt it would be because the technology does not exist. :shrug:

    As far as EAS, I also think the EAS system should be mandated by the FCC or whatever governs DBS providers. Again, DBS as a media provider should be held accountable to at least provide EAS messaging in an event of an emergency to it's subscribers.

    Instead of "I want my MTV" the slogan should be "I want my EAS". And of course, local detailed weather would help.
     
  14. Nick

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    Yeah! And I want my DBS to make breakfast, do the 'dishes' and vacuum the floor.

    Who do I see about that?

    The Nickster :smoking:
     
  15. Kman

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    the personal adds in your local paper
     
  16. James_F

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    Don't you people know the best homerun hitter in baseball? :rolleyes:

    Jose Offerman
     
  17. STXJim

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    James,
    I was pulling someone else's leg...remember.
    You didn't get it.
    I guess the jokes on you now.:D

    Harry, Great avatar...
    Where did you find it?:)
     
  18. James_F

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    Oh, I got it...

    Jose Offerman???? That's the big joke!
     
  19. Nick

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    You mean Henry 'Hank' Aaron, don't you?

    "I was there for #715" Link

    Nickster :smoking:
     
  20. scooper

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    Who lives in Philadelphia !!! :D
     
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