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The Weather Channel Launches Campaign to Alert DIRECTV Customers of Potential Loss of Critical Programming
With crucial public safety and severe weather preparedness programming at risk of being dropped by DIRECTV, campaign asks consumers to speak out​
For Release: January 11, 2014

ATLANTA, GA - Today The Weather Channel launched a nationwide campaign to alert DIRECTV customers that they are at risk of losing access to its critical weather programming, and asking them to contact Congress about this public safety issue. The Weather Channel and DIRECTV are involved in negotiations to renew The Weather Channel's carriage agreement, but to date an agreement has not been reached. If an agreement is not reached by Tuesday, January 14 at 12:01 a.m. ET, DIRECTV viewers will lose access to the 24/7/365 national and hyperlocal weather information that The Weather Channel provides to consumers and communities across the country.

"For DIRECTV to take us off their lineup would be deeply irresponsible to its customers who not only count on The Weather Channel on a day-to-day basis, but depend on us before, during and after severe weather events. As the most trusted source of weather news and information in America, The Weather Channel is there when it matters most. If we are not available to DIRECTV's 20 million viewers, they will miss the accurate and life-saving information we have been providing for more than 30 years," said David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company, parent company of The Weather Channel. "We have offered the industry's best rate for our programming and are committed to reaching an agreement."

Starting today, The Weather Channel will begin asking DIRECTV viewers and all Weather Channel supporters to call their Representative and Senators in Washington and ask them to help keep this critical public safety resource in the DIRECTV lineup. Given the increasing frequency and severity of weather-related emergencies across the country, access to timely and accurate weather information is imperative for public safety and, therefore, an issue meriting Congressional attention.

The campaign, aimed at demonstrating the critical public safety role of The Weather Channel, will be supported by a multifaceted direct-to-consumer campaign that will include advertising on The Weather Channel, weather.com and on The Weather Channel's mobile apps. Viewers who are interested in getting involved are encouraged to visit www.keeptheweatherchannel.com. Here, consumers can submit a letter to their Congressional representative and can find a list of Congressional office numbers to call to make their voice heard. Consumers are also encouraged to use social media to get involved with the campaign by sharing the keeptheweatherchannel.com URL, tweeting @directv using the hastag #stormdirectv, and posting on DIRECTV's Facebook page.

Every day, 100 million households rely on The Weather Channel to provide critical and accurate real-time weather-related information. With more than 220 meteorologists, forecasting covers the entire United States from the national and regional level, all the way down to the hyperlocal street level. The Weather Channel also maintains two-way partnerships with public and non-profit emergency response organizations, including The American Red Cross, FEMA and NOAA, allowing for a constant flow and disbursement of critical weather-related information when it matters most.

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The Weather Company: Where the World Gets its Weather
Through The Weather Channel, weather.com, Weather Underground, Intellicast.com, and third-party publishing partners, the company provides millions of people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and data, connecting with them through television, online, mobile and tablet screens. Through WSI and Weather Central, the company delivers superior professional weather services for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. The Weather Company 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 www.weather.com/press.

For additional information:
Shirley Powell
The Weather Channel
(770) 226-2522
[email protected]
 

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Drop these clowns Directv.
I went on last night to catch the weather at 10pm, Guess what, sorry another stupid show and no weather. Useless!
 

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Drop them like a hot potato.....


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I just posted my feelings on Facebook . :righton:

Guess what Weather channel?
It wasn't in your favor.

Good old Sammy better go back to GMA! !rolling
 

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Starting today, The Weather Channel will begin asking DIRECTV viewers and all Weather Channel supporters to call their Representative and Senators in Washington and ask them to help keep this critical public safety resource in the DIRECTV lineup.
Why not, it isn't as if Congress has any important issues that it needs to deal with. :shrug:

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Dear Weather Channel PR ...

It isn't up to congress to negotiate a fair contract for you. It is up to you to offer a price DirecTV can accept and provide a product that DirecTV subscribers want. If you want your channel to be on DirecTV on Tuesday you need to talk to DirecTV.

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PCampbell said:
Anyone here like The Weather Channel?????
About 15 years ago. :smoking:
 

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The Weather Channel doesn't show weather anymore, so dropping it won't affect me anymore. There are other options now.. such as Weather Nation.
 
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