Originally Posted by tylerSC
I don't know if there is any future use for Mobile DTV. But as of now, I don't think it is utilized by most consumers. I too would rather see that signal reallocated to an additional sub channel, or just put the bandwith back into improving the quality of the main HD signal. As far as weather channels, the current choice would likely be Accu-Weather or Weather Nation. As Weather Plus will probably not be returning.
Heck I doubt more than a tiny handful of consumers still use mobile DTV. The local affiliates ceased advertising it on their stations several years ago. There are NO mainstream
phones offered today in the USA that offer it. So it
for all intensive purposes is dead.
I have to chuckle at what Doug Durkee claimed more than several years ago , touting Mobile DTV as the next best thing since sliced bread...Bzzzz! Wrong. I told him that was nonsense and it would never pan out. I wish they would bag it NOW,and free up the bandwidth for other sub channels.
If a station opts for Accu Weather or WN they must pay quite a bit for broadcast rights, while using a standalone service would be very inexpensive and a better choice for a our smaller market, the fact that NBC allowed other stations to continue to use the equipment and software engine for
Weather PLUS (only asking that the affiliates stop using the name ) as a standalone product makes good economic sense. Some markets like Des Moines, IA WHO NBC 13 and Charlottesville, VA WVIR NBC29 still use it today and it works fine. The WYFF version of Weather PLUS was excellent, with a good selection of radar maps, current conditions, and other info, and unlike other local stations SuperDoppler 4 radar is updated about every 30 seconds or so which makes it the best in the market. When Weather PLUS was on
I left my 32" set on that channel 24/7. then switched to WHNS 21.2 when Weather PLUS went off the air.
I'm pretty sure that Mobile DTV uses significantly more bandwidth than did Weather PLUS as a standalone product on a subchannel so you would still gain an improved network channel picture quality. The WHNS 21.2 DT uses very little
bandwidth with its 3DRadar channel only updated every 5 minutes or so.