He probably was only reading a verbatim script dictated by the same NBC executives who wrongly put all of the non-weather stuff on the TWC. I'm guessing this is the case, because the same message has been sent out via a lot of other people and through other delivery systems. I would say this is a case of "don't shoot the messenger (Cantore, et al)" when it's the message-senders (NBC's exec's) who have the problem.To even think about putting that notion out there shows how arrogant and out of touch with reality they are.
What the %$@#^% was Cantore smoking when he thought that up?
Yes, it's laughable.To even think about putting that notion out there shows how arrogant and out of touch with reality they are.
Hmmm...Comcast? Isn't it cozy how Comcast, a content carrier, is now owned by NBC Universal, a content provider? I still can't believe that the FCC approved that.At least one cable co (whom i won`t name here, don`t wanna name-drop ) seems to like trying to "mudsling" the sat tv guys...
Darn new-fangled technology.I'd like to see somebody at some local TV station load up the Weatherstar 4000 simulator on that old neglected XP box in the corner, loop it 24 hours/7 days and feed one of their ATSC substreams from it; maybe even park a local music or NOAA station on the audio tracks.
The weather channel used to be like this.Darn new-fangled technology.
When my family moved to Logansport, Indiana, in 1972, we experienced cable TV for the first time. The local cable TV operator had a weather channel. In their offices, they had a small panel with analog dial-type instruments for temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and barometric pressure. A black-and-white camera continuously panned from dial to dial to dial. There was no audio.
Ah, those were the days.
In my local market, one of the TV stations uses their -2 ATSC channel for local weather. The station's TV weather readers record a 5-minute weather broadcast that is looped continuously interspersed with local ads and local weather radar. The recordings are updated periodically and they may go live during severe weather. On their -3 channel, they run local weather radar continuously. All of this is much more useful than The Weather Channel.
The weather channel used to be like this.You know what Darth_vader'd like to see?
I'd like to see somebody at some local TV station load up the Weatherstar 4000 simulator* on that old neglected XP box in the corner, loop it 24 hours/7 days and feed one of their ATSC substreams from it; maybe even park a local music or NOAA station on the audio tracks. Hey, it'd be providing more of a public service than can be said about the latter-day Weather-Related Movie Channel.
Yes, it's laughable.
The Weather Channel is the last place I'd turn to for up-to-date information about severe weather impacting my area.
I think DirecTV hit the nail on the head in their press release when they knocked TWC for the hours and hours of reality TV programming they've been running instead of reporting on the weather conditions and forecast. TWC's endorsement of the "storm chaser" phenomenon put their own people in harm's way and almost got Mike Bettes and his "chase crew" killed last spring. Then, there's this business of TWC taking it upon themselves to name winter storms which is also a joke. An old friend of mine dubbed TWC as "The Ad Channel" twenty years ago when it became apparent that airing sponsor's commercials was more important than informing people about the weather. Frankly, I've seen enough of Jim Cantore with his arms wrapped around a light pole to keep from getting blown away by hurricane-force winds. Good riddance, TWC.
In the interest of full disclosure, I've been a DirecTV customer for many years and I've endured their occasional battles with content providers. DirecTV always claims that they are trying to hold the line on costs and if they pay the content providers more then they'll have to pass those costs onto their customers. So, DirecTV and the content providers occasionally draw lines in the sand, make self-centered press releases, and act like spoiled children for a few days, a few weeks, a few months. Then, they settle.
Hmmm...Comcast? Isn't it cozy how Comcast, a content carrier, is now owned by NBC Universal, a content provider? I still can't believe that the FCC approved that.