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The Weather Channel goes dark on DirecTV
01-14-2014, 10:51 AM
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The Weather Channel goes dark on DirecTV

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Anthony Watts
Quote:The Weather Channel feed was switched to show WeatherNation TV
just after midnight EST January 14th. the TWC logo is there still in the
DirecTV channel lineup, but the content is WeatherNation.

See the proof, this screencap off my TV at 9:02PM PST (12:02 AM EST):
[Image: wx_channel_gone.jpg?w=640&h=370]

More here:

The explosion of ‘weather channels’ – now there’s 3

DirecTV to drop The Weather Channel?

Update: Ryan Maue caught the zero hour:
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Update 2:

The Weather Channel issued this statement by the CEO David Kenny after DirecTV dropped them.

Quote:At 12:01 this morning, The Weather Channel is no longer
available on DIRECTV, which refused to come to an agreement on a
market-based carriage deal. Following is a statement from David Kenny,
chairman and CEO of The Weather Company:

This is unprecedented for The Weather Channel. In our 32 years, we
have never had a significant disruption due to a failure to reach a
carriage agreement. We offered DIRECTV the best rate for our
programming, and I am shocked they have put corporate profits ahead of
keeping a trusted channel that subscribers rely on every day. We are not
looking for a large fee increase. We are simply looking for a fair deal
that allows our company to continue to invest in the science and
technology that enables us to keep people safe, deliver the world’s best
weather, and tell weather stories to help people be prepared and

“At a time when DIRECTV has increased customer rates by 4 percent,
they are trading safety for increased profits and replacing the
experience and expertise of The Weather Channel with a cheap startup
that does weather forecasting on a three-hour taped loop, has no field
coverage, no weather experts — certainly not any on par with The Weather
Channel network’s industry-recognized experts like tornado expert Dr.
Greg Forbes and winter weather expert Tom Niziol — and no experience in
severe weather emergencies. This is a dangerous gamble over one penny a
month that puts DIRECTV customers at risk.

“This reckless move by DIRECTV will have an impact on our role as
part of the national safety and preparedness fabric of our country at a
time when the volatility and frequency of weather events seems to be
increasing. The Weather Channel partners with humanitarian and emergency
management agencies at the local, state and federal levels. We help
people prepare before storms, stay safe during their effects, and find
help afterward. If the network is not available to viewers, the
effectiveness of these partnerships, which help make us a more weather
ready nation, are jeopardized. I am hopeful DIRECTV will come to their
senses soon and will not force its customers to change carriers to stay
safe and informed.”

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