THE WEATHER CHANNEL

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  1. Jan 14, 2014 #241 of 1333
    mhking

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    Exactly - as a customer looking in from outside, this says to me that there is no conversation to be had between DirecTV and TWC, that the deal is done.

    Now, I know better than that, but this may play out much longer than a few days or weeks even before TWC comes back.
     
  2. Jan 14, 2014 #242 of 1333
    SayWhat?

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/directv-users-lose-the-weather-channel-over-fee-dispute/

    That's just the point though, it's NOT a popular channel:

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-14/directv-drops-weather-channel-in-dispute-over-subscriber-fees

    A lot of weather folks pretty much consider it a laughing stock.
     
  3. Jan 14, 2014 #243 of 1333
    crawdad62

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    Honestly I stopped watching TWC a long time ago. Exactly for the reasons stated by DTV. It wasn't really a conscious decision. I didn't say "Well screw that. TWC has another reality show on when I'm just trying to get a forecast." It was just more after going to the channel time and time again and not finding any real weather forecasts/news I just fell out of the habit of using the channel. I got to say WeatherNation looks pretty good. I'd be happy if they (DTV) just kept them.
     
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    jimmie57

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  5. Jan 14, 2014 #245 of 1333
    MysteryMan

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    Now that the channel has gone dark and the loss of $$$ is sinking in I'm getting the impression the head honchos at The Weather Channel are hearing Connie Francis sing "Who's Sorry Now?"!
     
  6. Jan 14, 2014 #246 of 1333
    hdtvfan0001

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    Basically I like the Weather Channel, despite only viewing it occasionally.

    This is obviously a business dispute situation. There will likely be more such "disputes" as 2014 unfolds.

    Having seen things like Time Warner dropping a local network channel in one midwest city for 3 months before an agreement on price could be reached, Dish dropping several channels based on the content source asking price, and now this...I anticipate these kinds of actions will continue to happen for months and years to come. Greed has been driving the content production industry for some time.

    As long as the cycle continues for content creators to increase pricing in larger-than-inflation rates, these kinds of things will continue and at some points channels will simply be dropped because the cost of carrying them outweighs the value to the provider's subscriber base (viewership numbers).
     
  7. Jan 14, 2014 #247 of 1333
    loudo

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    It would be interesting to see what Weather Nation charges per customer, versus what Weather Channel wants per customer.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2014 #248 of 1333
    rlavinder

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    There is also no weather information on the active channel. This makes no local weather information available for your zip code. I hope Directv comes up for a replacement app or a cover over WeatherNation's Local on the 5's. That is the only thing I watched TWC for (when it worked). If Directv does the local app then I can live without TWC and all of their non weather shows.
     
  9. Jan 14, 2014 #249 of 1333
    SayWhat?

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    Of course it is, but in most of the disputes, the channel in question has some value and appeal.

    TWC does not.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2014 #250 of 1333
    mhayes70

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    Good luck with Dish. Because they do this more often than DirecTv does.
     
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    TBoneit

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    You don't want to know nor could I post here what my brother says about their naming of winter storms
    Everything would just be a long set of Bleeps

    And when it is resolved D* may do a E* and bring them back on a different channel much like E* & AMC. I presume that hit them in the advertisement revenue pocket somewhat. I wonder if it will drag on as long as that dispute did?

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  12. Jan 14, 2014 #252 of 1333
    Laxguy

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    It's great to get your reports on what's happening now. Those two faced ba****ds!
     
  13. Jan 14, 2014 #253 of 1333
    TBoneit

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    That used to be the way. Now they are pretty well matched, Not to mention that E* even has a sports channel that D* doesn't now. The fact that Charley would sign and DirecTV didn't tells me that D* is getting serious about keeping costs down.

    For the foreseeable future I predict that disputes will happen between content providers and the companies that carry them be it Cable, Fios, AT&T or satellite. Feel free to disagree, I'm open to debate on the subject. In my area (NYC Metro area) Cable has also had disputes even with the Networks. And the Network stations here are corporate owned.
     
  14. Jan 14, 2014 #254 of 1333
    mnassour

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    I know this is only annecdotal, but the TWC Facebook page has exploded this morning with criticism. There are a FEW defenders, but most of the posters are saying TWC brought this on itself.
     
  15. Jan 14, 2014 #255 of 1333
    dpeters11

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    You do realize that Dish has dropped TWC before, they dropped AMC for almost 4 months, a long standing feud with Disney. With AMC, we had DirecTV customers leave when Dish added it in HD, who then either had to go without it, or come back to DirecTV.

    I don't know if Weather Channel is telling the truth on the penny. I do know that if things really hit the fan and there's a bad storm, I'm not going to rely on satellite TV.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2014 #256 of 1333
    MysteryMan

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    Had you done some research before rushing to judgement you would have learned DISH has a much higher rate of channels going dark because of disputes than DirecTV. Enjoy!
     
  17. Jan 14, 2014 #257 of 1333
    mridan

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    I could care less that the Weather Channel was dropped. Twenty years ago it would have been a big deal. With smart phones, tablets, and computers, who cares that they were dropped.


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  18. Jan 14, 2014 #258 of 1333
    Laxguy

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    The best TV is being delivered by DIRECTV. Sometimes to keep costs from further escalation, choices have to be made. I'll bet less than a thousand people scram over this pathetic channel.

    Also, it's not just the $2.5 Million a pps equates; it's the 12 cents underneath it. So it's overpriced to begin with.
     
  19. Jan 14, 2014 #259 of 1333
    RunnerFL

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    If you believe it was only a penny a month I have some swamp land to sell...
     
  20. Jan 14, 2014 #260 of 1333
    Herdfan

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    I think you are correct in that it will come back and all this will have been about nothing.

    But I disagree about the reality show aspect. When I am ready to go to bed, I used to turn on TWC to get an update on the WEATHER. I can't do that now, so the complaining about the reality shows is not silly.
     
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