The Weather Channel goes dark on DirecTV

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):

wx_channel_gone

More here:

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

DirecTV to drop The Weather Channel?

Update: Ryan Maue caught the zero hour:

Update 2:

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

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 informed.

“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.”

Source: http://insidecablenews.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/the-weather-channel-drops-off-directv/

Jeez, kool-aid to the very last:

“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.”

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Steven Bellner

I missed it. It was raining and the satellite was down.

Robert Westfall

Good riddance.

They’re still probably going to come back on – the cable companies play hardball all the time with their content suppliers. TWC will knuckle under in the end.

Third Party

TWC spends most of its time doing anything but giving the local forecast.
It’s useless.

DirecTV guide now shows WeatherNation on 361 and 362 with an Info bar highlighting the change

Wow, they actually did it. In my experience these sorts of threats seem to bluster on until the cable/satellite operator gives in (or gets a bigger tribute), and life goes on. I guess now we’ll see if life goes on without TWC.
I suspect it will. 🙂

Ben U.

Heidi Cullen, call your ….
Oh, I won’t say the nasty, although I hope one thinks it. She doesn’t even work there anymore.

Haha TWC! Global warming lies and content available elsewhere took them out. Good!

Mac the Knife

Let’s all have a moment of silence here, for the loss of The Weather Channel….. Meh, that’s enough.

Martin C

FOR THE WEATHER CHANNEL, IF you might read this.
You did it to yourselves. You have bought the ‘Global warming/climate change/global climate disruption, whether on accident, or on purpose. You have no one to blame but yourselves. I
If you would ADMIT the direction you went was a mistake, and get back to doing what you used to do so well several year ago staying with THE WEATHER, maybe you could earn respect again.
IF NOT, well then good riddance

Leon Brozyna

Kinda hard to negotiate your way back in after you’ve been replaced.

Steve Oregon

Oh my just imagine where this could lead.
What if how our national safety and preparedness fabric would be at risk if Hansen Mann Schmidt Trenberth and the rest were de-funded.
We’d all be fabric-less.

ossqss

Chaka, when the walls fell.
It just fits. Metaphorically speaking 😢
REPLY: TWC, eyes wide open! – Anthony

SIG INT Ex

Yea Ha!
Good sense triumphs over “unprecedented” FUBAR taken to Orwellian heights for just a “fist full of dollars” that could not even buy a good prostitute let alone a well constructed condom.
Murphy’s Law.

flyingtigercomics

This national mass hypnosis fear porn thingy that they’re no longer part of- it already includes Twitter and Farcebook so no loss really.

But who has the moral high ground?!?!

Konrad

Steve Oregon says:
January 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm
“Oh my just imagine where this could lead.
What if how our national safety and preparedness fabric would be at risk if Hansen Mann Schmidt Trenberth and the rest were de-funded.
We’d all be fabric-less.”
—————————————————–
I don’t know about entirely fabric-less, but there would certainly be a great reduction in supplies of “whole cloth” 😉

Jeff Alberts

It’s showing WeatherNation now on my channel 362 info.

papiertigre

“We are not looking for a large fee increase. “
Trouble is any fee increase would be more good money chasing the bad.
It’s a comfort knowing that in the future if I ever feel the need to be badgered by a monoculture bent on promoting a top down government imposed extinction agenda, there’s always Climate Progress and Joe Romm.

CodeTech

and I am shocked they have put corporate profits ahead of keeping a trusted channel that subscribers rely on every day.

Personally, I’m shocked that this guy is under the illusion that their channel was trusted, or relied upon every day.

pat

how funny. earlier today, i copied this piece but didn’t post it, but will do so now in case the website disappears as well:
13 Jan: The Weather Channel: Terrell Johnson: Global Warming ‘Pause’ Isn’t What Climate Change Skeptics Say It Is
“There are these other signs of a warming planet,” Trenberth notes, pointing out that melting has accelerated on Greenland’s ice sheet and glaciers around the world. “One doesn’t just have to use the global mean surface temperature.”
And as NCAR communications officer Bob Henson notes, “these two factors imply that what’s been seen as a global pause in warming isn’t really a worldwide phenomenon.”…
“There’s a tremendous amount of natural variability that goes on,” he (Trenberth) said.
“When human-induced climate change is influencing things in the same direction that the weather, or the natural variability, is already going – that’s when we break records,” he added. “That’s when we really see the effects standing out.”…
“It can’t continue to build up the sea level and the heat in one part of the ocean at the expense of another,” Trenberth said. “At some point all of that water wants to slop back to the east – and so we start to go into this other phase.”
That means there’s a slope in the global ocean across the Pacific that’s building up over time, he added. “And that’s what actually causes the end of these kinds of oscillations.”…
http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/no-hiatus-pause-global-warming-climate-change-heres-why-20140109

Eliza

Next one that needs to go
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/climatechange
The guy should have his degree withdrawn if he has any (meteorology)

The Iconoclast

It’s been many years since I would turn to TV to get the weather forecast. A little thing called the Internet made getting the forecast more immediate, more focused, and more detailed. You can see this reality in TWC’s programming, which has shifted toward a lot more shows and a lot fewer local weather reports.
I’m sure this reality was not lost on DirecTV, where TWC’s declining viewership and demands for more money created a situation where DirecTV said adios. I doubt TWC’s bleating and breast-beating will make any difference, as few viewers care whether DirecTV carries them or not.

NotSure

Oh no! Where will we go now for all that “important” reality programing?
…oh yeah, every other station.
Weather Nation seems to be a much better station (that is, they actually show the weather and all, ya know. It’s a low bar yet somehow TWC still couldn’t reach it) and ideally it marks the beginning of the end for the propaganda station.

pat

no apologies for being O/T – cos this must provide a laugh!
350.org: Occupy Wall Street & Climate Movement
http://350.org/occupywallstreet-and-climate-movement/
Grist: Climate activism stands with Occupy Wall Street Movement
http://grist.org/climate-change/2011-10-05-climate-activism-stands-with-occupy-wall-street-movement/
13 Jan: Marketwatch: Businesswire Press Release: Green Bond Principles Created to Help Issuers and Investors Deploy Capital for Green Projects
A consortium of investment banks today announced their support of the Green Bond Principles – Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase, BNP Paribas, Daiwa, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Mizuho Securities, Morgan Stanley, Rabobank and SEB. These Principles were developed with guidance from issuers, investors and environmental groups and serve as voluntary guidelines on recommended process for the development and issuance of Green Bonds. They encourage transparency, disclosure and integrity in the development of the Green Bond market…
It is anticipated that an independent third party will be designated to serve as a secretariat whose administrative duties will include facilitating information exchange with issuers, investors, underwriters, and other stakeholders such as non-profit environmental organizations, non-government organizations, academics and other thought leaders…
COMMENTS FROM SUPPORTING BANKS:
Bank of America
“The development of a robust and liquid market for green bonds is an important progression for debt markets,” said Suzanne Buchta, Global Co-head of Green Debt Capital Markets at BofA Merrill. “In co-authoring these principles we attempt to help standardize the product and we hope to catalyze investment into environmentally sustainable projects, something to which our firm is very committed.” …
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
“Increasing the amount of capital targeted to address pressing environmental challenges such as climate change is critical,” said Marilyn Ceci, Managing Director in the Corporate & Investment Bank at JPMorgan Chase. “JPMorgan Chase is pleased to have co-authored the Green Bond Principles, which involved strong collaboration among colleagues in our Corporate & Investment Bank and Environmental Affairs office. By providing transparency and integrity to the Green Bond market and bolstering investor confidence, we expect the Green Bond Principles will expand capital allocation to projects that provide environmental benefits.” …ETC ETC
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/correcting-and-replacing-green-bond-principles-created-to-help-issuers-and-investors-deploy-capital-for-green-projects-2014-01-13-8159210?reflink=MW_news_stmp

If the national safety fabric is jeopardized by 1 cent per customer then why didn’t TWC forgo the 1 cent per customer?
Why is it that “the sacrifices we will all have to make” involve transferring money from large populations to the few who determine the threat picture?

@njsnowfan

Direct TV doesn’t even work when there is stormy weather, satellite signal becomes all messed up in most cases.

papiertigre

TWC just like Dorothy. Carried off by a vortex.

Paul Westhaver

Schaden schaden schaden freude!!
Durch des Himmels prächt’gen Plan
🙂

NikFromNYC

“…The Weather Channel network’s industry-recognized experts like tornado expert Dr. Greg Forbes and winter weather expert Tom Niziol….”
Tom Niziol is a basic alarmist:

“…the killer heatwaves…off the charts…some modeling…not very optimistic…the new normal…fresh water loss…”

JackT

I remember when you could actually get weather forecasts from The Weather Channel. For that matter, I can also remember when you could actually see bands play music on MTV. Neither serves their core purpose anymore. Good riddance TWC.

Richards in Vancouver

So DirecTV is switching one boring weather channel for another boring weather channel. How, um, boring. The problem might simply be that the providers don’t have enough skin in the game.
Needless to say, I have an immodest proposal:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10465935/French-weathergirl-stuns-viewers-with-nude-report.html

mrmethane

Hmm. I Naked News still around? Worked for me…

RAH

Got rid of ComCast for Direct TV last summer and am happy with the change. Won’t miss The Weather Channel one bit. This trucker gets most his weather from the internet anyway. Quite frankly I am happy about it.

weatherspark.com

Tedsunday

TWC went on Facebook to rally support instead they were slammed by people angry at their lack of weather coverage. It was amazing they were attempting to defend themselves and people didn’t want to hear it. They were called out for naming winter storms and Global Warming advocacy.

Gamecock

“I am shocked they have put corporate profits ahead of keeping a trusted channel that subscribers rely on every day.”
‘The Weather Channel is asking for a “negligible” increase in what DirecTV pays to air the channel, spokeswoman Shirley Powell said.’
Chutzpah.
BWTM . . . TWC is owned by NBC is owned by Comcast. Directv and Comcast are DIRECT COMPETITORS. Don’t be surprised if Directv trims more NBC affiliated programming.

asybot

Off topic a bit (and probably late) ,just saw on NZ3 news that the Russian “ice breaker” has arrived in NZ with a comment by the Expedition Leader (Aaron Russ ???) stating “I am sure the Russian sailors are happy they are back in a warmer climate”. ( the rest of the “Expedition” are still @ Casey base, according to Russ, waiting for the ship they are on to be unloaded so they can happily return to Hobart.

Data Soong

I have DirecTV, and so I contacted them and told them I approve of their decision to eliminate TWC, since I stopped watching it years ago.
For historical perspective, Dish Network went through a very similar scenario a few years ago, including having its own alternative weather channel. After a few days, a new agreement was reached and TWC was back (and the alternative channel was gone.)

John

Let’s see, TWC provides government propaganda (“climate change”), irritatingly names winter storms (“The Denver Christmas Blizzard of 1982 means a lot more to me then Winter Storm Ralph), and all sorts of non-weather related reality shows, revamped local weather (which is worse that “local on the 8’s”), and far too many ads… the DirectTV customers should be rejoicing TWC is gone.

John

Wish I could edit that, I had a few typos. than rather than then, and remove ‘”‘.

The Weather Channel issued this statement by the CEO David Kenny after DirecTV dropped them.
“Put us back on, or the bunny gets it”
The arrogance of that guy

I stopped watching the Weather Channel a long time ago. They were not doing weather, just hysterics. I am surprised that only Direct-TV has dropped them.

tadchem

“…at a time when the volatility and frequency of weather events *seems* to be increasing?”
Weather watchers want factual data. We definitely don’t need to hear “seems” from our data sources, especially when the raw data is available.
If it is measurable, tell us the measurements. If it is not measureable, then it isn’t empirical science.

beng

Their subsequent squealing and weepy-eyed “what about the children?” told all.

techgm

The CEO of TWC says, “…they (DirecTV) have put corporate profits ahead…” Pot calling kettle black? Progressive political dogma showing?

LT

Direc needs the Whats Up With the Weather Channel, I would pay extra 🙂

LT

Sorry, I meant, “Watts Up With the Weather”

Steve Keohane

Good riddance. I’m going to have to get used to looking for weather on the television again. Could/would not bring myself to watch TWC.

Latitude

who are they kidding…..field coverage!….I don’t need to see rain drops