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LldLld Posts: 2

This is an essential channel for safety purposes.  It gets the emergency information well before the commercial channels.   BRING IT BACK!!!

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  • LJ1LJ1 Posts: 9
    Jun 19, 2018

    Bring it back.

  • dstoffadstoffa Posts: 988
    Jun 19, 2018

    Fill out the form to request the programming.


    I am certain these stations are not used as much as they once were (people will now use their phone apps, the internet, etc. instead of their TV for this inoformation.)  It simply may no longer cost-effective to provide the programming.


    @LJ1 wrote:

    Bring it back.


     

  • SatchSatch Posts: 3,636 helper
    Jun 19, 2018

    Agree 100% Weather Doppler Radar as a channel is no longer cost-effective programing:

     

    You can get tons of weather information for your local community online through websites and applications, such as those built into Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Just enter your zip code, save the information, bookmark it, or put it on your Start Menu for access to instant weather. I am sure that Apple provides similar weather applications, as well as tablets and smartphones.

     

    Spectrum dropped Weather Doppler Radar because NBC Universal, which owned the channel wanted too much money for a new contract. Few want another rate increase when so much weather information can be gotten for free. I just Bookmark Weather Channel's website with the zip code for my area in my browser's Bookmarks Toolbar and get the information that way.

     

    Satch

  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    Jun 19, 2018
  • LJ1LJ1 Posts: 9
    Jun 19, 2018
    Yes, please bring back the Doppler Local Weather Radar channel !!!
  • karlbeckmankarlbeckman Posts: 2,206 ✭✭✭✭
    Jun 19, 2018

    Depending on where you are located (you gave us no clue at all), the major network stations may still broadcast local weather radar on one of their video subcarriers.  Spectrum carries those feeds in markets where the local stations are not extremely greedy and refrain from raising their local programming fees to excessively high levels. 

    Generally your complaints will do more good when lodged with the local TV broadcast station management.  They are the folks getting the extra bucks that Spectrum has to charge to keep the programming on cable. 

  • LldLld Posts: 2
    Jun 19, 2018

    We are in Columbus, OH.  Today, 6/19 is the first day of digital conversion, and although most channels seem to be there as usual, the radar channel is now CSPAN3.  There is no weather on any of the network digital additions, just old reruns and movies.  We did have weather on one of them around 8 years ago but no more.  It is annoying that Spectrum never said anything about the radar going away.

  • LJ1LJ1 Posts: 9
    Jun 19, 2018

    karlbeckman, could you please expand on that? If we are in Columbus, what stations would we contact? Thanks.

  • dstoffadstoffa Posts: 988
    Jun 19, 2018

    Typically one of your local broadcast TV stations provides "Local Weather Radar" on one of their digital subchannels. 

     

    It would seem that none of the Columbus OH TV Stations is offering this type of programming:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus,_Ohio#Television

    (be sure to "Show" the stations) although a low power station in Mansfield, OH is offering it.

     

    They'd be a station to lobby if Spectrum wasn't carrying the feed, but if the station themselves have decided to offer other programming, they surely have a reason - dollars.

     

    Only one station in New York City offers a looping local weather feed:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_in_New_York_City#List_of_TV_stations

     

    One station up in Green Bay, WI offers it:  WBAY-DT2

     

     

    Which local  terrestrial TV station in your market had the local radar?  I'd start with them.

  • LJ1LJ1 Posts: 9
    Jun 19, 2018

    Thanks very much!

  • karlbeckmankarlbeckman Posts: 2,206 ✭✭✭✭
    Jun 19, 2018

    We get TWC on 41 like everyone else, but they don't run local anything.  When digital came out, both Cleveland's NBC affiliate WKYC 3-2 and ABC/Disney WEWS  5-2 used to broadcast local weather radar loops over the air, but they don't any more.  I don't think Fox 19 or CBS 8 ever jumped on that PR bandwagon.   And now I don't even have an outdoor antenna connected to my second TV set in case the cable and internet goes out - I guess I should fix that!

    As for the public safety value, you are preaching to the choir - I've been part of SkyWARN based out of the Cleveland NWS for nearly 40 years. 

     

  • dstoffadstoffa Posts: 988
    Jun 20, 2018

    The Weather Channel used to really do weather around the clock.  I remember back in the 80's they had the whole hour of programming broken down into 5 minute blocks, with no less than 6 minutes between local forecasts.

     

    Alas, just like MTV used to play music videos, The Weather Channel simply cannot survive doing strictly the weather 24/7, hence the "reality weather" shows.  I don't think I've tuned into the Weather Channel more than ten times in 20 years.  There are much better options for getting up to date weather.

     

    If you have a smart phone, download the "accuweather" app.  It will actually send you notifications if / when alerts are issued for your area.

  • SatchSatch Posts: 3,636 helper
    Jun 20, 2018

    @dstoffa wrote:

    The Weather Channel used to really do weather around the clock.  I remember back in the 80's they had the whole hour of programming broken down into 5 minute blocks, with no less than 6 minutes between local forecasts.

     

    Alas, just like MTV used to play music videos, The Weather Channel simply cannot survive doing strictly the weather 24/7, hence the "reality weather" shows.  I don't think I've tuned into the Weather Channel more than ten times in 20 years.  There are much better options for getting up to date weather.

     

    If you have a smart phone, download the "accuweather" app.  It will actually send you notifications if / when alerts are issued for your area.


    I agree,

     

    I remember vividly when The Weather Channel was all weather and the Doppler Radar subchannel was offered.  But competition from computer apps, websites, programs for Smartphones and Tablets as well, no longer make 24/7 weather a viable programing option.  To offer something like that on TV, the costs would be too high.

     

    Even back in the day for Weather Channel, you still had to wait every eight minutes or switch to the Doppler Radar channel for local weather.  Now with the weather apps, websites, available for just about any device, you can access weather when you want instantly, without the programing costs associated with maintaining a radar channel.

     

    Amazon even has Alexa.  A voice activated response system that you can plug in and activate to your Wi-Fi Internet  Similar to Cortona in Windows 10, but with no computer needed, you can set this little device on a table, and ask her literally anything that you can find online.  She will respond back to you with the needed information.  There are also optional download applications for Apple devices that allow you to customize her environment and "remember" things based on environment, cultural, educational, entertainment, social, musical, and political parameters that you can customize at any time.  She is great for weather and news information, and locations are automatically tied to your Wi-FI area, unless you ask her to search elsewhere.  No TV, No phone, not even a computer or tablet needed.  It's pretty cool!

     

    Satch

  • karlbeckmankarlbeckman Posts: 2,206 ✭✭✭✭
    Jun 20, 2018

    You can tell we are becoming dinosaurs when we can accurately remember and discuss specific cable programming formats from the 80's! 

    The Weather Channel phone app also can send localized WX alerts and warnings to your phone.  One or the other seems to be bundled on every new smartphone by whatever carrier is doing the product blitz.  And there are other free specialized smartphone apps for lightning and specific natural disasters in targeted coverage areas.  As always YMMV.

  • dstoffadstoffa Posts: 988
    Jun 21, 2018

    @karlbeckman wrote:

    You can tell we are becoming dinosaurs when we can accurately remember and discuss specific cable programming formats from the 80's!


    I remember the wired 30 channel cable box.  Fifteen buttons, a row selector, and a fine tuning knob.  30 channels would seem like nothing today, but back then, when the alternative was an antenna which would get at least three stations (and many more if you lived in a big city with a lot of independents), it was the best thing since sliced bread...  Unleast until the Betamax...

  • Julia_RJulia_R Posts: 4,186 Lead Mod
    Jun 21, 2018

    We didn't have cable until my mid teens.

     

    I remember having a Heath kit tv set my dad built in a huge wooden cabinet with the clicky dial. If you didn't get it right on the right spot you didn't get a good picture.  Bunny ears on the top of the set had to be just so...

     

    We had Channel 2, 4, 6 (PBS), 7 and 9. It was a super big deal when channel 12 (secondary PBS affiliate) became available.    Ahhh the good old days of watching Mutual of Omaha on Sunday nights. 

     

    Regards,
    Julia R.
    Spectrum-Social Media Customer Care
    Lead Moderator-Community Forums

  • James_MJames_M Posts: 2,080 ADMIN
    Jun 21, 2018

    When I was a kid, we had black and white tv that needed to warm up.  Then we got a 13" Sony trinitron and I remember the neighbors coming over to see it.    Maybe we should start a  "do you remember..."  post ?  

     

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  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    Jun 21, 2018

    This was my first cable box as a kid. I loved sliding the control back and forth as fast as humanly possible, much to the dismay of my dad.

     

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  • SatchSatch Posts: 3,636 helper
    Jun 22, 2018

    Cool nostalgia stuff! LOL!

     

    I just thought of something regarding finding local weather.  My PBS station in Brookfield, Wisconsin has a local weather sub-channel 24x7  It is called. "PBS Weather."  Search your guide for that, or just the word "Weather" to see if your division has a digital sub-channel. for weather information only.  Some Spectrum markets may have something like that which might show weather radar, especially with a 24x7 area coverage.

     

    Satch

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