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Old 01-12-2014, 10:28 AM   #1
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DirectTV is negotiating with The Weather Channel and there is a chance DirectTV will no longer carry The Weather Channel.

DirectTV has launched an alternate weather channel on 361. As I told the rep on the phone, I can get weather from many sources, THAT is not the problem. We regularly watch many of the reality shows, Goldminers, etc, and they are not on anywhere else.

I told her that if DirectTV drops The Weather Channel we will immediately cancel our service and go to Dish or the local TV cable. If enough people will call in or go on-line and tell them that, they will do whatever is necessary to continue the service!

PLEASE call 1-800-DirectTV. You will first hear a recording that says they are still negotiating with The Weather Channel. At the end of that recording you will hear their main menu. When it asks the purpose of your call say "cancel service". You will then get an attendant.

You can also go on-line at DirectTV.com and register your comments there.

If you feel the same way I do about this, PLEASE do it NOW! Thanks!

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Old 01-12-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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Be sure to verify what obligation you have if any to DTV. I know that every time I changed a piece of equipment , they automatically extended my contract by 12 months :( . Cancellation may be costly. Just sayin.


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In case anyone was interested, here's the article about it:
DirecTV issues veiled threat in talks with Weather Channel - latimes.com

And those that want to keep TWC may be in the minority, the complaints about TWC is they have become a reality channel, yes about weather but still a reality channel and most like the other one better as it is mostly weather reporting. Me? I don't watch either of them, I check the weather on the computer or on the apps that Thom and I have on the phone.
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They won't drop them. Standard negotiating tactics. Same situation when dish was going to drop A&E. They didn't dare, too profitable for them. I wouldn't worry a bit.
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:48 AM   #5
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Would prefer DirecTv carry an actual weather channel. Agree the "Weather Channel" as become more a reality channel and so commercialized that it is hard to root out wx info. Nothing like being under a tornado warning and all they show is "It could happen tomorrow" catastrophe of the day. When there is a hurricane threat in this area they always whip up the panic level to max. Invented named winter storms for the same effect.. Other than that......

Other and better sources of weather info are available.

Sorry Joe..

And.. Jim Cantore actually attracts hurricanes and bad weather, the State of Florida should totally restrict his access.
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I don't have any satellite TV on my coach, YET, so I really don't have any personal ax to grind with this possible change.

However, I have done enough research on both DirectTV and DISH that when the time comes to have satellite installed, I think DISH would be my choice. They have a great RV Program called Pay As You Go which allows you to pay for service on a monthly need. If there are months that you don't need DISH then you can simply let them know.

That would be my choice.



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Someone posted recently about issues with that pay as you go. FWIW DTV lets you place your service on hold twice a year for upto six months. On edit. Here's the thread. Dish Network Pay-as-you-go Problems

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I'd say let them drop it. Better weather at intellicast.com and the local TV stations. I agree with it being a reality TV show occasionally hyping insignificant weather for ratings.
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We have Dish at home. The past two years they or the broadcast network, or someone has played games with programming contracts whereby certain Braves games were canceled or shown on a delayed basis. This may not be as important as TWC, but it shows we are at the mercy of whoever has to ok what is shown. Dish, of course, says they are looking out for the consumer's interest in not being held up for more money. Who knows? We can only buy what they are selling or go elsewhere. Frustrating since they hook you into a contract then change the rules.
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Originally Posted by kirk7678 View Post
I'd say let them drop it. Better weather at intellicast.com and the local TV stations. I agree with it being a reality TV show occasionally hyping insignificant weather for ratings.
The op stated they like the reality shows .

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We cancelled DirecTV early last year.

Too expensive.

TWC, although they did a good job on the weather became a full-blown propaganda outlet...I don't miss it. We went to Internet Weather Underground.

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I call The Weather Channel "The Doom & Gloom Channel". They never seem to give good weather reports. It's always the possibility of bad weather. Will not miss it.
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Let them drop it. Has not been a serious weather channel now for several years. I get my weather from a smartphone app.

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