Bloomberg is reporting that Dish Network is going to dump The Weather Channel in favor of a weather service that they will produce themselves. I say Bravo. It's about time someone stood up and told these dumb networks that wander all over the place with their programming instead of programming what their mission says they do. (I'm looking at you MTV.)
You know...on second thought.... Why don't they move it over to a spot beam channel in each market, install something like the NBC WeatherPlus system was using, and make a weather channel for each DMA? Locate it at one of the local stations in each DMA, and feed it out the same way they do the SDTV locals.
That way, they'd have "local" conditions and forecasts. And, they could even "force tune" your receivers to that particular channel for EAS and weather warnings.
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Post by wallywombat on May 22, 2010 20:37:08 GMT -7
Checked the channel out earlier today. It is actually a interactive channel in that you can press a button on your remote andbring up some local weather info such as current conditions and forecasts. It even has some regional radar images. Definitely better than the weather channel.
Post by wallywombat on May 24, 2010 7:28:18 GMT -7
It is on channel 213... But from things I have read today it sounds like it was a short lived channel as that DISH and TWC have come to a new agreement and TWC is going to ultimately provide more local stuff for DISH.
The LA Times is reporting that Dish never followed through on the threat to drop TWC, but yes part of the concession was that TWC will be providing a second channel that will just be local weather. (Sounds like Weatherscan that local cable has to me.) The regular TWC feed is on ch 214, so this other thing might have already been up before this nonsense happened, which is actually a pretty good idea.