DirecTV to drop The Weather Channel from its lineup

By: TropicalAnalystwx13 , 12:45 AM GMT on January 12, 2014

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In the summer of 2008, NBC bought The Weather Channel; since this time, we have seen a transition from an all-weather channel to one that focuses more on entertainment shows and little around-the-clock weather coverage. This has angered many of the channel's loyal customers, and a good majority of long-time viewers have moved on. Over the past few weeks, DirecTV has been in negotiation with The Weather Channel due to the high number of complaints -- today, it was announced that DirecTV plans to drop The Weather Channel in favor of WeatherNation, a channel that provides 24/7 weather coverage, on January 14.

In an attempt to remain on-air, The Weather Channel has launched "Keep The Weather Channel", an initiative for customers of DirecTV to take action and prevent the company from removing TWC. The newly-created website notes, "For over 30 years, The Weather Channel has been the most trusted resource for disseminating timely information to help prepare and protect families across the nation against weather-related emergencies. But now DIRECTV is threatening to remove this critical life-saving community resource from 20 million households. We’re working hard to reach an agreement with DIRECTV to keep The Weather Channel in its lineup. You can help!"

The Weather Channel has suggested that you contact DirecTV or your local member of Congress to express his disapproval of the removal of the channel. To explore more and take action against DirecTV, visit: http://www.keeptheweatherchannel.com/

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with DirecTV's decision to drop The Weather Channel?

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I honestly think this was a good call. The weather channels barely shows weather anymore, replacing times with fishing shows, and mining shows. I think only about one third of the weather channel is weather. Maybe this will give them some sense.
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1. Yay! New blog!

2. Yeah, I agree with DirectTV on this. TWC no longer supplies a substantial amount of weather information. Their website update was an egregious mistake on there part, and then having those shows...yuck! Sure, there's some bright spots (Stu Ostro, Dr. Forbes, Mike Bettes, Cantore), but overall the value of TWC has fallen remarkably over the years.

I like to tell my mother that if those shows are TWC's idea of people being affected by weather, then they should send me a TV crew to follow me around.
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