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Local Forecast / Re: TWC Songs you've heard in other places
« on: October 05, 2019, 10:24:45 PM »
I just heard "Jessica" by Allman Brothers Band on Live PD moments ago as they were at a bar questioning a patron who was trespassed. I could be wrong, but that's where I heard it.

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Local Forecast / Re: TWC Songs you've heard in other places
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:46:42 AM »
Just heard "Miles of Blue (Blue Miles)" by Joe Sample on The Oasis 103.7 HD2 in DFW.

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Local Forecast / Re: TWC Songs you've heard in other places
« on: February 09, 2019, 10:37:57 PM »
For the past month or so as I walked by the Hampton Inn in my neighborhood, they've been playing smooth jazz music through their lobby and outdoor sound system.

A few weeks ago, they played "Desvelado" by Bernie Williams. And just this morning, they played "Come Go With Me" by Norman Brown.

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TWC and your Cable Company / Re: No Headline Scroll?
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:10:28 AM »
And the ticker bar disappeared. The only tickers active were the local ads on the new "LOT8s" and the severe weather scrolls. Otherwise, no national.

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TWC and your Cable Company / No Headline Scroll?
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:47:49 PM »
Something I noticed on The Weather Channel as of late. The line above the local conditions/forecasts which usually scrolls news headlines regarding weather events is blank. I know that severe weather alerts can overlap it when events arise and as of this month since the LOT8s changeup, the local ads via our headend scroll on there too. Is it a technical glitch or was it an intentional modification altogether?

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The only reason I like narration on the local forecasts from 2000 on was that it was useful for the visually impaired--more so with IntelliStars and IS2s.

The only drawback is that it does cut into the background music.

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General Discussion / WeatherCon 2018
« on: May 13, 2018, 01:47:20 AM »
In late April, I've attended the 3rd annual WeatherCon hosted by WFAA-TV and WBAP News/Talk Radio near Dallas Love Field. Got to see some storm chasers, WFAA and WBAP personnel, an  old civil defense siren up for display, as well as a few panels. But the main highlight was this: a Q&A panel with WFAA's Pete Delkus and WBAP's Brad Barton. (Pardon the shakiness, but here's the vid in its entirety all caught on my smartphone).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC8spOutkFw

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Local Forecast / Re: TWC Songs you've heard in other places
« on: May 13, 2018, 01:42:10 AM »
As I made a restroom stop at a Holiday Inn Express here in Irving, I heard "Samba Says" and "Los Cabos Serenade" both by Steve Glotzer in the background on a loop.

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Ahh... "Autumn Dance" in its higher quality that I remembered back in late 1999. Thanks for sharing!!

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Since TWC is no longer partly owned by NBCUniversal, I wonder who they go to for local stories and reporters now? Obviously in the past, we'd always see stories, video footage, feeds, etc. solely from NBC stations.  I'm just curious how this works now that it doesn't just have to be NBC.

As I'm watching severe weather coverage, it looks like they're still utilizing sky cam footage from DFW area KXAS NBC 5.

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If it does return to FiOS services, it'll more than likely be areas served by Frontier Communications, including those acquired from Verizon in California, Florida, and Texas 2 years ago.

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Weatherscan Discussion / Re: Weatherscan Topic
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:41:14 PM »
Even though I’m in college now 100 miles away, I still like to keep up with what’s going on with the cable system at home and I saw their meeting agenda a couple of days ago included a “Weather Channel Renewal” section and assumed that any renewal of their TWC affiliation agreement would include the forced removal of Weatherscan. This is apparently not the case. The agreement (negotiated through the NCTC) actually extends carriage of both TWC and Weatherscan from the original cut-off date of February 28, 2019 to February 28, 2022. Also, by entering this agreement a year early, allows them to save money on buying the channels wholesale. Seems like my theory is correct in that TWC isn’t forcing anything and they’re just letting cable companies decide when to get rid of it based on viewership numbers, bandwidth concerns, overhead costs, etc. This may change in the future, but it does appear Weatherscan will live in Frankfort for a few more years.
I think in your case in Frankfort, Weatherscan has more decent views due to it being in a lower channel number (19) and being in a lower tier. Most Comcast markets required one of the highest digital packages and had the channel in the 100s or higher; that alone (but also other reasons) didn't draw a lot of viewership.
Back when my market was served by Comcast, Weatherscan was (until Time Warner Cable's takeover in September 2006) also on a lower tier here in Dallas/Fort Worth. Albeit on channel 99, but anyone with standard analog cable could still receive it.

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Much as I miss Weatherscan (since 2006), I'm agreeing with the majority. We must also take into account local stations showing their own 24/7 local weather forecasts on a secondary channel where available (e.g. WFAA-TV's 8.2 shows their own weather updates, with national segments provided by [Sighs] AccuWeather).

Maybe it was the soothing music in the background that kept us watching Weatherscan until its very end. Though I can probably do the same thing with The Weather Channel app and a jazz playlist via Spotify (or whichever streaming medium y'all prefer) in the background, and I would still get the similar experience.

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Some of you may have heard of comedian and mogul Byron Allen and his Entertainment Studios company, some of you haven't. Today, Allen has announced his intent to purchase The Weather Channel.

At least the channel itself will soon be off the hands of the NBCUniversal/Blackstone/Bain consortium. Will we see some improvements like the return of live 24/7 weather?

Link to Article

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WeatherSTAR Tech Support / Glitching on Grapevine-Irving-Lewisville IS2XD
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:24:40 AM »
In the past couple days, I notice that the IntelliStar 2 XD glitches on the Now/Current Conditions screen as the LOT8s begin (it would glitch to the national feed screen). Aside from that and the times that the voiceover doesn't finish the text forecast, everything else is alright.

Provider: Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable)
Channel: 37 / 211
STAR type: IS2 XD
Local weather ID: unknown
Cities served: Grapevine, Irving, Lewisville

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