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As of this evening, it seems to be appearing between the radar and text forecast products...but if the metro radar is active, it won't show (or it could be a combination of the metro radar and bulletin slides being active). Frankfort is still dealing with precip and had the metro radar. Bowling Green, on the other hand is showing the regional forecast map.

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TWC Today News / Re: Some changes on the Forum
« on: April 19, 2020, 05:04:31 PM »
Glad to see some movement around here for the first time in a long time! I think it's a great idea to do some sprucing up, especially with regard to the old website. I'm all for bringing back some of the older content with better organization and I also wonder how viable it would be to add some more informational content not unlike what Matt's done with TWC Classics to a redesigned "home page".

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General Discussion / Re: Corona Virus
« on: March 19, 2020, 12:17:07 PM »
Not sure when this happened, but The Weather Channel is now joining all it's cable news brethren in airing the daily White House briefings on the coronavirus.

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General Discussion / Re: Charles Abel-Lear 1980-2019
« on: November 09, 2019, 08:12:28 PM »
Deeply saddened by this horrible loss...way too young.

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Contributions / Re: HTML Intellistar 2 Simulator
« on: August 23, 2019, 04:22:37 PM »
I gotta say, I'm kind of impressed, looks pretty good...and I'm using Firefox.

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Programming and Graphics / Re: TWC New Graphics
« on: August 20, 2019, 03:14:05 PM »
Another "feature" that I find annoying is that the entire LDL is taken up by a crawl. There's a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for 1 county of the 4 that this unit "serves" (despite the cable company basically only serving one county, and it's not the one under the watch). So, no forecasts, no current conditions, not even the advertising crawl...so we can see "A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Shelby County until 9:00 PM."

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Programming and Graphics / Re: TWC New Graphics
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:41:28 AM »
If you're away from a TV, here's what they look like. With the absence of the "Local on the 8s LDL", ad crawls (black text on a white background) just run over the LDL when the LDL starts a new cycle. Seems without an ad crawl, you get a promo (white on the black/dark gray background) as shown in the first screenshot. The typeface appears to have changed from Akko to Roboto and Roboto Condensed. Frankly, I like the color scheme...the font could use work. It looks kind of...cheap.

For those who haven't seen the "new" LOT8s look. ("New" because the only thing changed is the typeface)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj2kSv6wuCg

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Programming and Graphics / Re: AMHQ OFF AIR -- TECH DIFFICULTIES
« on: April 23, 2019, 06:04:04 PM »
Looks like radar data has returned. STARs are slowly getting the data back, I see Weatherscan’s loaded about an hour of radar/satellite data.

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Programming and Graphics / Re: AMHQ OFF AIR -- TECH DIFFICULTIES
« on: April 19, 2019, 03:28:12 PM »
Weatherscan's observations and forecasts are back but still no radar information.

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Variety reporting this morning that Weather Group has been acquired from Comcast, Bain Capital and Blackstone Group by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios.

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/byron-allen-weather-channel-acquire-entertainment-studios-1202733511/

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But why? I am really sure they will come back with new icons (probably the icons used on the Intellistar).
The units have long been uninstalled and likely shipped back to Atlanta. It’s been judged by Comcast to be an unjustifiable cost and for that reason, Weatherscan won’t be coming back.

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Weatherscan Discussion / Re: Weatherscan Topic
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:19:56 AM »
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.
And that, I think, is the big takeaway. But with new owners, who knows what will happen now.

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Weatherscan Discussion / Re: Weatherscan Topic
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:51:10 AM »
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.

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When Weatherscan is gone in a certain area, it's going to be gone for good. For many cable companies, especially the big ones like Comcast and Spectrum, they're looking to save as much money as possible. Weatherscan was on the expanded or preferred tiers in most of the areas it was in and other programming deals forcing cable companies to move channels to a more penetrated tier (think FXX, FOX Business, any of the AMC channels) often decreased the value of those tiers to the point where it just wasn't worth paying for anymore. As people dropped expanded cable subscriptions or even cable altogether, it became an unjustifiable cost to keep Weatherscan running. If you've got a phone, you've got the current temperature and forecast at your fingertips for free, you don't need to spend $120 on cable every month for that. And even now, The Weather Channel itself made Weatherscan lose value even more because you can get the same (and sometimes a better) forecast on the LDL if you have cable, plus TWC can show you advertising around that weather information that pays their bills.

If you've got Weatherscan, I'll say you don't have time left. Similar to when TWC retired the legacy STAR systems a few years ago, record Weatherscan while you still have it because once it's gone, it is not going to come back.

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TWC Fan Art / Re: Evan's Art
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:41:49 PM »
It's been over 5 years since I've posted some fanart, this is kind of a "relaunch" of Weatherscan in 1080i HD that I've been tinkering with for the past couple of months. I also have a red "severe weather alert" version that's mostly but not quite done.

Though, spoiler alert, that picture in the background isn't from here, rather I took it along the Potomac in 2011.

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