New Local Weather Channel?

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The Mod Squad
#1
Anyone remember this from the beginning of the summer?
DISH Network and The Weather Channel Reach Agreement
Includes development of new full-time weather forecasting services

DISH Network L.L.C. and The Weather Channel today announced that they have reached a multi-year agreement for continued distribution of The Weather Channel on DISH Network's programming platform.

The deal provides for collaboration between both companies in developing state-of-the-art, full-time weather forecasting services designed specifically for satellite customers, including localized weather programming on DISH Network Ch. 213 (in addition to The Weather Channel's main feed on Ch. 214), interactive TV applications, as well as new Internet and mobile services. Deployment of the new services will begin this summer.

"Through this new partnership with The Weather Channel, DISH Network is giving our subscribers exactly what they've asked for and more. Not only are we developing a unique satellite service that provides localized weather 24/7, but also we'll soon deliver personalized weather reports via the Android mobile platform and the web," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network. "This agreement recognizes the importance of cross-platform video delivery, ensuring that our subscribers will have the most detailed local weather information available at their fingertips anytime, anywhere."

"DISH Network and their customers are extremely important to us, and maintaining and expanding our partnership is a high priority for our company," said Mike Kelly, CEO and President of The Weather Channel. "DISH Network will now be carrying two of our channels - The Weather Channel and a customized 24-hour, all-local weather information network - to provide even better service to their customers. We also look forward to working with DISH Network on other cross-platform and interactive initiatives, taking advantage of our leadership position in mobile and the Internet."

Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
So the new Local Weather Channel was supposed to go live this summer. There is less than 2 weeks left before the end of the summer and so far nothing. Did Dish and The Weather Channel think we forgot all about this?
 

bicker

DTVUSA Member
#3
The statement talking about deployment of the new service beginning this summer. There is, and has been, no promise that Dish Network consumers will all see Local on the 8s within any specific time-frame. Indeed, the quoted statement, above, says clearly, "The deal provides for collaboration between both companies in developing state-of-the-art, full-time weather forecasting services designed specifically for satellite customers..." Figure that there are a number of steps in the deployment of that new service. In July, they lofted a new satellite, which can surely be considered a necessary step to delivering new service.
 

Orrymain

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#4
I don't know how successful local weather channels are in the long run. Our #1 station hopped right into that market a year or more ago, and they just stopped it, switching it to something called More TV which has a lot of NBC reruns.
 

bicker

DTVUSA Member
#5
I don't believe that they were talking about local weather channels, per se, but rather just localizing the service on the Weather Channel, itself, as they do for cable companies.
 
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