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Questions, Comments, Suggestions / Re: Website errors and problems
« on: April 27, 2015, 06:41:50 PM »
No matter where, attempting to your TWC Classics site currently ends me up facing a 500 Internal Server Error. This has been the case since shortly after midnight.

Local Forecast / Re: IntelliStar 2 Junior Spotted on eBay
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:24:50 PM »
 I wish that I could have heard of this just before last night. :facepalm: That's a first for the Intellistar 2 Junior to show up on eBay.

General Discussion / R.I.P. Gary Owens (1936-2015)
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:46:39 PM »
TV actor and announcer Gary Owens has died at the age of 80. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/gary-owens-announcer-of-laugh-in-fame-dies-at-80-1201433731/

General Discussion / Donna Douglas Dead at 81
« on: January 02, 2015, 08:50:24 PM »
Actress Donna Douglas, known for her role as Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies", died on New Year's Day 2015. She was 81.


Everything Else TWC / Re: General TWC Discussion
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:33:49 PM »
Today is the 1 year anniversary since TWC relaunched and I can honestly say that the channel is worse off than it was a year ago due to the following reasons:

*The deduction of Live Weather Programming hours
*The increase of reality shows that mostly have nothing to do with weather
*The way they handled DirecTV removing TWC.
*The way they handled Severe Weather Coverage (Barely anyone watches the Dual-Feed)
*The decrease of forecast segments in favor of taped, fluff and non-weather segments on WCL. Some segments aired on WCL are parts of Long-Form Shows.
*Dumbing down the LOT8s.
*Dumbing down the graphics
*Numerous changes that are unnecessary (The Lab)
*TWC bragging how "Amazing" weather and science is. They spent too many times explaining the science "behind" weather instead of forecasting it.

I mostly blame CEO David Kenny for this as TWC wasn't this bad before he arrived. I hope that NBC removes him soon or sell TWC.

You forgot about the gradual sounding of the death knell on the legacy WeatherSTAR units (http://twctodayforums.com/forums/local-forecast/4000xljr-the-end-is-near/)

IntelliStar 2 Discussion / Re: Question about IntelliStar 2
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:51:35 AM »
To correct Eric, what he said about the contracts is in no way confirmed from everything I have gathered over the years. In fact, cable stations have sold me equipment and Mediacom just gave an employee an old 4000...

As for plugging it in and getting forecasts... the answer is "yes" but "no". Yes for the XL, mine is still chugging along cuing a D or M flavor on the 8s... mostly D. This has taken some reverse engineering and three brains. Older legacy units... answer is still yes but with all of my reverse engineering efforts, I haven't been able to make much progress as the equipment I would need comes with a hefty price tag. Due to that, my II, III, and Junior sit in storage.

Now, would Comcast give an IntelliStar away? Doubtful. I'm sure that TWC requests them back if there is faulty hardware, and given it's still the most heavily used system in the field today there isn't a great chance of these machines sitting in an old equipment closet. Give it five more years when the IS starts to be replaced by the IS 2 Jr (if that happens...).

For those who say it's not possible for an XL to run without AMC 11... check out my youtube. I upload videos quite often. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9XWVJjbCUzImvznI1sHSpw
If there were to be an Intellistar unit (especially used) available on eBay or through some reseller at some point, I'd laugh. Same thing goes for when another XL unit pops up for sale. :rofl2:

Local Forecast / Re: 4000/XL/Jr. - The End Is Near
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:18:48 PM »
I've also found out from Rick's Satellite Wildfeed & Backhaul Forums that there were symptoms over the past week described how soon The Weather Channel's analog feed would end. Although the analog feed would exclusively be for the commercial subscribers since the end of 2008, The Weather Channel was said to be fixed-key sometimes. One of the symptoms over the past several days included the color bars. http://rickcaylor.websitetoolbox.com/post/weather-channel-vc-2-3483212?&trail=30

Local Forecast / Re: 4000/XL/Jr. - The End Is Near
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:31:21 PM »
According to SatelliteGuys, the analog feed is no more as of yesterday afternoon.


General Discussion / Casey Kasem Dies at 82
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:11:54 PM »
Zoinks! Radio host and TV personality Casey Kasem, known for his role as Shaggy on many incarnations of "Scooby Doo" and host of Nick at Nite's Rerun/Classic TV/TV Hits Countdowns from 1989 until 1998, has died at the age of 82. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6106420/casey-kasem-dies-radio-host-voice-actor-dead-82

General Discussion / Ann B. Davis Dead at 88
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:57:12 PM »
Actress Ann B. Davis, known for her role as the Brady's housekeeper Alice Nelson on "The Brady Bunch" has died. She was 88. http://fox8.com/2014/06/01/ann-davis-dies-played-housekeeper-alice-on-brady-bunch/

Local Forecast / Re: 4000/XL/Jr. - The End Is Near
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:46:43 AM »
I've have not seen a legacy STAR since August 2005, but we shall be here today not to mourn but to celebrate the passing of the Jr, 4000, and XL.

Programming and Graphics / Re: New Graphics coming to TWC
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:31:14 PM »
Whoever is involved in posting information about the new episodes on that page does not seem to be aware that Daylight Savings Time is supposed to end overnight into Sunday morning.

General Discussion / Conrad Bain Dead at 89
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:17:57 AM »
Conrad Bain, the actor known for his role as Mr. Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes" and Dr. Arthur Harmon on "Maude", has died on Monday at the age of 89.


General Discussion / Andy Griffith Dead at 86
« on: July 03, 2012, 11:20:14 AM »
Andy Griffith, the star of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock", passes away this morning. He was 86.

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