Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 5:52 PM GMT on January 14, 2014

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As most of you know Direct TV and The Weather Channel are in a contract dispute and has resulted in Direct TV dropping TWC's programming.

Doc Masters has made that the subject matter of his blog and one of his statements troubles me.

The loss in revenue from DIRECTV's 20 million subscribers would be a major funding blow to The Weather Channel, and would also negatively affect the financial situation of the Weather Underground.

I am a fan and avid follower of WU and anything that would negatively affect the site I enjoy is dismaying to me.

As for Doc selling WU, I defended his right to do so and still firmly believe in that right, however I worried and am even more so worried that his choice will negatively impact the site we have enjoyed and still do.

Even so, I feel Direct TV is doing the right thing in not making their subscribers pay more for what is more and more a network that provides less weather information and instead panders to the reality viewing audience and it leads to the QOD:

Do you back TWC or Direct TV in this contract standoff?

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16. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:14 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
ricderr has created a new entry.
15. airman45
7:32 PM GMT on January 22, 2014
I have no idea. Don't get either one here. Big help, huh?
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14. Alleyoops
3:09 AM GMT on January 22, 2014
This is one time I am with Direct TV on this. Just how much of a profit does one need to make on ones' customers/viewers to constitute raising rates. These days we have the Internet and access to all kinds of weather apps for our mobile phones down to our home computers. So really, the Weather Channel is shooting themselves in the foot on this one.
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13. ricderr
3:25 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
That's why I support a pay per channel system


a great idea
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12. ricderr
3:24 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
TOWC. The Occasional Weather Channel.


best name yet....LOL
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11. Naga5000
12:14 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Quoting 10. theshepherd:
Do you back TWC or Direct TV in this contract standoff?

I back the freedom for DTV having the right to tell TWC to take a hike.



I don't understand this. How is this freedom? Real freedom would be giving the consumer the option, not dictating to the consumer.

That's why I support a pay per channel system. Don't want TWC, don't pay for it, but let me choose what it is I want. Then "real" freedom will come into play. Unpopular channels would be weeded from the market.
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10. theshepherd
12:11 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Do you back TWC or Direct TV in this contract standoff?

I back the freedom for DTV having the right to tell TWC to take a hike.

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9. ihave27windows
12:50 AM GMT on January 15, 2014
I agree with you Ric. TWC should change their name to TOWC. The Occasional Weather Channel.

It totally blows, and I never even put it on that channel!

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8. ricderr
8:22 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
thanks for the input....i enjoy reading other points of view
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7. RobDaHood
6:59 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
DirecTV.
They gave me back what I wanted on that channel...weather.
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6. nrtiwlnvragn
6:46 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
DirecTV, it's their network they can choose which content to carry. If their subscribers don't like it, thats their problem then.
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5. Patrap
6:08 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
DTV, what dat be ?

Us wundergrounder's are not swayed by no stinking DTV, nor TWC.

We roll on like we always have, full tilt into weather/climate knowledge and communicating threats.

wav here,click



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4. Dakster
6:07 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
I think that they are both going to lose in the end. The weather channel should have a weather only channel and a reality weather channel. Much in the way other channels are broken up - if it was really that important.

I like the idea of an ala carte system too. I have to get a much bigger cable package to get a couple of channels my wife and kids like. It is the only reason for the more expensive package.

If TWC gets .13 per subscriber then let the subscibers speak. Would you pay .01 more or .14 for TWC?

Problem is that DTV may be running out of bandwidth or channels - even though they have put more sats in orbit and went to spot broadcasting to increase the overall number of channels they can carry.

TO be honest, I rarely watch TWC any more for the weather. Use my smart phone and computer for it. But alot of people do not. I do watch some of their "specials" though, like Tipping Points. Even if I don't agree with it all, I like to know what is being said on both sides of that debate.
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3. Naga5000
6:01 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
Quoting 2. ncstorm:
Everything upsets you Naga..have a snicker :)

Wow..another qreat blog..thats two in a row for me..

I am a customer of DTV and yes I support their decision to drop TWC. I don't think its about the money though..its the 40% of the 20 million customers who complain to DTV about the lack of weather news.


It's only upsetting because it's a direct statement on the state of society. If I take away that nagging feeling of empathy, everything is grand.
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2. ncstorm
6:00 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
Everything upsets you Naga..have a snickers :)

Wow..another qreat blog..thats two in a row for me..

I am a customer of DTV and yes I support their decision to drop TWC. I don't think its about the money though..its the 40% of the 20 million customers who complain to DTV about the lack of weather news.
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1. Naga5000
5:58 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
I never back the cable companies. They increase the rates they charge the consumer much higher than rates the channels ask per subscriber. According to the variety article, TWC wanting an increase of one cent per subscriber, the average carrier fee for TWC is $0.13 per subscriber.

Honestly, I would much prefer an "a la carte" system where subscribers can purchase the channels they want and not pay for what they do not want.

The mess that is Dr. Master's Blog today of TWC haters, science deniers (attacking TWC for their pro science pro AGW view), and just plain uninformed as to how the process works, is very upsetting to me.

TWC may not be able to function as a channel much longer, the real culprit here however, is most likely their programming and nothing else.
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