Weather Channel shutdown averted, for now

Dish Network’s contract with The Weather Channel was supposed to expire at midnight, based on reports. But it’s still on the air! Dish had planned to replace TWC with an alternative service called Weather Cast. “There are no movies, no wake-up shows and no stories about storms,” Dish said in a news release. “Further, because its program schedule is all forecasting, it means that the Weather Cast has more time to focus on local weather.” Apparently the two parties are still in negotiations.

I wanted to get in some QT with TWC in case suddenly goes away in the next few days, so I’ve been dutifully watching “Day Planner” on channel 1912 in New York for about 17 minutes. I haven’t deliberately turned on The Weather Channel since I was in high school, but I’m having a pretty good time! One of the anchorwomen is named “Betty Davis.” And how else would I have learned about Fine Particulates? I’d never investigate Fine Particulates on Weather.com. You can never be too careful.

Does anyone ever watch The Weather Channel anymore? Would you watch if it didn’t air nighttime movies and original shows like Storm Chasers, Florida Fog, and (!?!) Lightning Mom?

Earlier: The Weather Channel to show movies? Hail no!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • Kate

    I don’t watch it as much as I would find my father doing so (so I am guessing a lot of men in their sixties do that), but I do flip for Local on the 8s!

    • Laura

      My dad does the same thing! He turns it on then leaves for a couple hours and if my mom is watching something else he has a hissy fit. Although he has been complaining ALOT since NBC took over.

  • mb

    Me too Kate, but it drives me crazy that the ‘local on the 8′s’ isn’t always on time due to those shows and movies that I just find annoying. I’d like them to just stick with the weather, including more on local weather, but also include international weather forecasts. Leave the movies and storm disaster programs out and focus on doing a better job on their supposed specialty.

    • Blake

      Completely agree!

  • Pillbox

    In the way that MTV is mostly no longer music videos..
    And Headline News is mostly no longer news..
    The Weather Channel is mostly no longer weather.
    It’s especially sad, to me, but that is what they call progress in the business.
    My only comment would be to your headline writer: it makes it seem like the channel itself is shutting down! Duh!

  • mark

    Hey Dish Network – what’s next on the chopping block – The History Channel, The Discovery Channel – my vote is TBS – because it’s NOT FUNNY at all.

    • Monday

      Did we read the same thing? They are not “chopping” The Weather Channel, they are *replacing* it with Weather Cast…

  • Sarah

    I always look forward to Jim Cantore being in the path of a hurricane.

  • Madd

    Lightning Mom? I agree that the programming is ridiculous. I just wanted to see what the weather was, but nooooo, they just had to have “100 Greatest Weather Moments” on instead.

  • Aly

    My husband and I always joke that if we see Jim Cantore in our town we better get the heck out in a hurry – something really bad must be on the way!

  • Bugs

    If it’s current weather I watch it – movies, shows, economic news, and (especially Al Roker – name-dropping suck-up) I turn the channel. But the new Weather Cast keeps interrupting with self promotional ads about how they are better and faster with local weather – except the local weather instructions don’t work…so I don’t watch the new channel at all……

  • texaspanhandle

    We watch coverage of severe weather. Usually a good warning of what’s coming at us

  • emiller

    Vaguely aware of the spill? So you don’t follow any news huh? Pathetic that you are so flippant about something so devastating. Shame on you….

  • Randy

    Honestly, I think teepee weather is a thing of the past. I’m so sick of the personality driven “spots” and the frequent and redundant advertising that interrupts what used to be an informational view of the weather and our world.

    I remember what the broadcast style of The Weather Channel used to be when it started, I could watch it all morning and evening because it had real weather value.

    Now… I find myself chasing the weather as if it’s a carrot on a string and only after yet another commercial break I may receive the information in a 30 second word blast if I’m not too chocked by the graphic spectacle to get it.

    Just seems like every attempt at providing weather information has to be juxtaposed to a technical on-screen on-camera failure and weather man/woman bling…

    For now it seems the weather telling value is in an iPhone/iPad app or other mobile device because there’s ain’t a lot of room for cruft…

  • Brenda

    The Weather Channel use to be a “Weather Channel”. Now you have to wait until they get ready to show it to you. I am more interested in the weather at the moment not what happened 10 years ago.

  • gakski

    Haven’t watched TWC since they stopped the “Action Radar Sites”!!!

  • cursos gratuitos ingles

    I’ll immediately snatch your rss as I can’t in finding your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me recognize so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

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