Weather Channel on the 8's in HD

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  1. LMckin

    LMckin Godfather

    Jan 5, 2006
    D* just release a press release on Weather channel HD Local

    DIRECTV HD Customers Now Have Access to Popular Interactive Weather Features and On-Demand Content from The Weather Channel HD
    Interactive Weather Features Currently Available on DIRECTV Including 'Local On the 8s' and 'Local on Demand,' Have Generated Close To 1 Billion Household Impressions

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct 06, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- After its successful launch on the standard-definition version of The Weather Channel less than a year ago, DIRECTV's interactive weather applications, including "Local on Demand" and "Local on the 8's" have generated close to 1 billion total household impressions. Now, these same interactive features will be available on the crystal-clear feed of The Weather Channel HD(R) (TWC HD). As an additional benefit, customers can now access TWC VOD content 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week from the DIRECTV on DEMAND platform at the click of a button on their remote control.
    The popular interactive weather services include:
    Alert Ticker - For certain severe weather conditions, TWC HD viewers will see the Alert Ticker appear at the bottom of their screen. This ticker will give them information on the current weather alert(s) and provide a link to the "Local On Demand" application to get more information.
    "Local on the 8s" Application - DIRECTV viewers of The Weather Channel HD can now view the popular "Local on the 8s" segments for their specific locale. Presented six times each hour at :08, :18, :28, :38, :48 and :58 minutes past the top of the hour on The Weather Channel HD, viewers can see current conditions, details for the day's forecast, the seven-day forecast and a regional radar map automatically for their local area. This content is presented with the iconic "Local on the 8s" jazz and popular music soundtrack.
    "Local On Demand" Application - While watching TWC HD, DIRECTV viewers can access a menu of interactive weather features for their ZIP code, including current conditions, the five-day forecast, regional radar maps, weather alerts and weather for up to five other cities they can 'save' as favorites - all while continuing to watch live TWC HD programming on the same screen. Additionally, DIRECTV customers will be able to access localized weather information for more than 40,000 ZIP code locations across the United States.
    "The vital information available on The Weather Channel provides the perfect platform to offer enhanced interactive capabilities and on-demand content to our customers," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president, DIRECTV Entertainment. "It is clear in the close to 1 billion household impressions generated in less than a year that our customers find these interactive services valuable, so it made sense to extend them to The Weather Channel HD. Providing these enhanced services to the Weather Channel HD furthers our ongoing commitment to creating the most dynamic television experience available."
    "We have been thrilled with how important The Weather Channel content has become to DIRECTV HD subscribers," said Becky Powhatan, executive vice president of Distribution and Business Affairs for The Weather Channel. "Now, HD customers will have instant access to severe weather alerts and real time weather conditions in their area with 'Local On Demand' and our signature 'Local On the 8's.'"
    DIRECTV on DEMAND is available at no additional charge to customers with a networked DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR or R22 DVR. The service offers more than 5,000 titles - including the hottest movies in 1080p - 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
    DIRECTV on DEMAND is one of the easiest-to-use on-demand interfaces on television, with unique features that make navigating through titles simple and quick.
    About DIRECTV, Inc.
    DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTV), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 18.3 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution with more than 130 HD channels. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed national cable companies for nine years running) and superior technologies that include advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit
    About The Weather Channel Companies
    The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) is made up of The Weather Channel Network (TWCN), The Weather Channel Interactive (TWCi), and Weather Services International (WSI). The Weather Channel(R) is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 99 million U.S. households. TWCN also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. TWCi, which includes the site, The Weather Channel Desktop and The Weather Channel Mobile, reaches more than 40 million unique users online each month and is the most popular source of online weather, news and information according to Nielsen//NetRatings. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit

    DIRECTV, Inc.Jade Ekstedt, 310-964-3429jlekstedt@directv.comorThe Weather ChannelDavid
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
  3. homebase

    homebase Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    Very glad to see D* making this available on the HD feed.
  4. DJ Matt

    DJ Matt Cool Member

    Oct 2, 2009
    Definitely not getting the local on the 8's on the HD channel. I live in the Chicago market. I will do a reboot and see if that helps.
  5. ChrisPC

    ChrisPC Godfather

    Jun 16, 2003
    It worked here the other day, during a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. I clicked on it and it worked. It came up again, but I didn't click. Unfortunately, it froze up my HR20-700 and I had to reset. Local on the 8's worked, but in between, the video was black, and there was no audio.
  6. jimstick

    jimstick AllStar

    Feb 5, 2007
    I am not sure why, but the only way I can see the "Local on the Eights" is if I push "Enter" on the remote twice when the local on the eights comes up. Otherwise, all I see is the national local on the eights. If I push the red button, I get the same stuff that's always been there, when you push the "Active" button. Is anyone else experiencing this?


  7. lmurphy

    lmurphy Legend

    Jul 25, 2004
    Same here Jimstick.
  8. jimstick

    jimstick AllStar

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sometimes, even that doesn't work; I can't get it at all. Other times it does.

  9. MattWarner

    MattWarner Legend

    Feb 11, 2007
    Just as a reminder: it takes the application about 30-45 seconds to load before you will see the 'local' content. So, if you tune to the channel and they're already saying "and now... your local on the 8s", then you probably won't see it until the next time.

    Also, make sure you don't press 'EXIT' on the remote while on the channel at all or you won't see the local content either.

    Don't know if this might help some of you, but thought I would mention it again.
  10. DJ Matt

    DJ Matt Cool Member

    Oct 2, 2009
    Well, the other day I rebooted the box and I got my local weather on local on the 8's. However, it only did it once. Ever since then the national weather is showing on the local on the 8's. Does anyone have a solution?
  11. pkoutoul

    pkoutoul Cool Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    I can't find a list of which receivers this works on. Mine is the HR-20. When I push the red button on TWC nothing happens and I get the little "error" beep tone like you get when pressing down when you are at the bottom of a list. I am connected to the Internet and I can get apps so you would think it would work.
  12. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    Here's the way it is on my HR20, YMMV.

    I usually must wait a while after turning to the channel for the local weather to come in.

    If I push "exit" after going to the channel, I must wait a while before it works.

    It won't show up if you have the guide on the screen, and it won't work if you rewind or are playing from the buffer for some reason.
  13. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    I noticed that now the red dot bar line for the local weather appears on the top of the screen when it had been on the bottom left where i liked it better.
  14. LMckin

    LMckin Godfather

    Jan 5, 2006

    I notice that Yesterday that it used to be at the bottom and now on top.
  15. scott72

    scott72 Icon

    Feb 17, 2008
    I wonder if we're going to get local severe weather tones and alerts through this similar to cable?
  16. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004

    No, since those are placed on the cable channels at the head end by the cable company using equipment linked to the county/state Emergency Management centers. The Adelphia system I worked at in the 90s was one of the first in New Jersey (if not the country) to have this capability, IIRC.
  17. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    We are currently under a tornado watch and a box popped up on the upper right top of the screen saying that we are under an alert and to push the red button. There was no tone or alert, just the box popped up. When I hit the red button it activated the active screen, and I hit alerts and it showed we were under a tornado watch.
  18. jerrylove56

    jerrylove56 Godfather

    Jun 14, 2008
    North Alabama
    This feature has been on for a couple of months. Some type of audible alert in addition to the video alert would be a nice addition.
  19. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    First time I noticed it, but again first tornado watch we have had in a while. Yes an alert would be a great enhancement to it.
  20. MonyMony

    MonyMony Legend

    Dec 14, 2006
    It would be nice of you had the option to turn this watch/warning pop up regardless of what channel you are on. I dunno maybe it already does as I have not seen this feature in action.

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