DirecTV/WeatherNation and the Hearing Impaired

By: Patrap , 9:12 PM GMT on February 28, 2014

Last weekend a article was published in the L.A. Times about New FCC Closed Captioning rules and the Closed Captioning used by WeatherNation as the Winter Weather swept thru in January.

from the article..

"Five wins and a very light power reese know" sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast.
But that was the closed caption that hearing-impaired people got during a report from the WeatherNation channel last month. What the caption was supposed to say was,

"high winds and a very light, powdery snow."

Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television and receive important news and weather reports.

Unfortunately, captions are often riddled with typos and incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is being said.

I came away from it thinking about the DirecTV TWC feudal clash awhile back and how it has trickled down to the consumers and within it the Deaf and Hearing impaired community as well.

Without a doubt, WeatherNation is a fine start up and has a future, but it is no TWC.

TWC has the scroll and Live technique to allow the proper wording needed for those it's intended for.

To have such a bad closed captioning with the severe season coming soon, it is plain to see a significant part of rural America will not have the level of Warning and clear Closed Captioning of the Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado threats to come.

Maybe the Executives at DirecTV TWC and WeatherNation could get together and work out the best deal for the Public.

Yeah,dat would be Great.

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2:13 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
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8. Patrap
2:12 AM GMT on March 14, 2014
Global Warming More Severe Than Estimated: Study

By Cody Chan, March 13th, 2014 | Science | 1 Comment

In a new research it is said faster and steeper emissions cuts are needed to keep the global warming below dangerous levels. The study is published in the Nature Climate Change journal and contradicts with most of the earlier findings.

Over the next few decades the Earth may experience about 20 percent more warming than what was projected earlier as the studies prior to this were based on recent surface temperature trends mostly.

One of the authors of the study, Drew Shindell, said it is like a yardstick for how much climate change is to be experienced if we push the system a certain amount.

Shindell is from Goddard Institute for Space Studies of NASA.

He said the amount of greenhouse gases have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels in the history of human beings. In 2013 the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has hit 400 parts per million. In last 800,000 years this level has been the highest.

Shindell used more sophisticated computer models in his study. Other climate scientists earlier had used relatively simple computer models.

Professor Reto Knutti from Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich said the new study is significant and also bridges the gap between their earlier understandings.

Knutti was not involved in the new research.

Climate researcher Myles Allen said the new study does not support lower-end projections of warming and matches with other recent estimates but with the use of different scientific approach.

Allen is from Oxford University.
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7. Patrap
4:02 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
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6. ycd0108
1:29 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
We're gonna get you for this: rody-float-featured-at-mardi-gras-parade-1.2556382
And Pamela Anderson came from my home town!
You get to keep Beiber.......
Actually you can have Ford as well (or all three and we might crowd-source some incentive $CDN)
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5. Donem
4:57 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
My take is that we can't let The Weather Channel control the weather. They are an arrogant bunch of wannabees - believing they are more important than they are and trying to get you to buy into that. They don't own the weather and don't even monopolize it like they think they do. You are aware that during a normal day, barely 200,000 DirecTV subscribers are tuned in. That's because they are no longer what they used to be. I used to have them on almost all day, but gave up watching them several years ago when those sophomoric reality shows began to appear.

Local TV stations provide much better weather alerts than any national organization can. TWC even uses local NBC affiliate feeds during severe weather. And during major weather events, TWC largely ignores the rest of the nation; not so WeatherNation. It's also quite likely TWC is showing "Ice Pilots" or "Coast Guard Alaska" when I want to know where the thunderstorms are. Or... Jim Cantore sitting on a snow pile in Boston every 10 minutes. Good bye TWC and hello with open arms WeatherNation.

The closed captioning thing isn't limited to Weather Nation. You see it on all other channels because they use voice recognition software, and they aren't perfect. You'll have to try something else if you really want to dislodge WeatherNation.
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4. Patrap
3:15 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
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3. RobDaHood
10:20 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
I really do hope that we can do better with captioning technology. Lots of times I'm up watching TV when Angie is sleeping so I turn on captioning a lot. Better than it used to be but when it's bad, it tends to be really bad!

Of course, some times it's funny.
(but...not funny for important info)
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2. Patrap
10:03 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Very cool, I had DirecTV for 27mths while in the FEMA trailer while we recovered from K.

I liked it with TWC plus they carry NASA TV as well and WeatherNation.

I posted this mostly for feedback so thanks for bringing that info too.

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1. RobDaHood
9:42 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
I've got DirecTV and after reading you post this on another blog, I switched over to WeatherNation and watched for a while.
DirecTV has two options for captioning. Standard captioning and DirecTV captions. Both seemed to work as well as they did on any other station including TWC. Another thing that they have is warnings and watches scrolling across the bottom of the screen...even during commercials.

I'm not trying to bash TWC here, but I really think the current line up is better if what you want is weather info 24/7.

Nope CC is not perfect. It's not perfect on any station. But I don't see where it is better on TWC.
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