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post #121 of 477
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In the second quarter of this year, Weather's plans to introduce HD broadcasts from the field, a feat that's a big challenge for a national network that needs to get those HD signals back from remote locations

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...?desc=topstory
post #122 of 477
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

In the second quarter of this year, Weather's plans to introduce HD broadcasts from the field, a feat that's a big challenge for a national network that needs to get those HD signals back from remote locations

Considering how much trouble one of the major networks has with HD in bad weather, that will be quite some feat if Weather Channel can pull it off.
post #123 of 477
It just kills me that every station places a "personality" blocking 33% of the weather map and screen crawls covering another 20% and other garbage advertising covering more of the map! I hardly watch TV anymore.
post #124 of 477
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Originally Posted by Bob7145 View Post

I hardly watch TV anymore.

BS.
Why are you here ?...not a model railroading, kite flying, or furniture restoration forums.

Seriously, I'm a weather freek too, and when I need to know the weather, I goto Weatherscan. I don't have to wait for the 8s. Not sure when I'll ever care about the "crazy weather stories" in Nebraska.
post #125 of 477
I can't remember the last time I even turned on the Weather Channel to check the weather. My home page online gives me plenty of weather information every time I open my browser - and the information probably comes from the same source.

For me, the Weather Channel has about as much value as the TV Guide Channel.

There are just better and faster ways to get the information - and it's localized, too.
post #126 of 477
With many local stations having a weather sub channel, it doesn't have the draw that it once did. Maybe that is why their programming has changed to incorporate more feature stories than in the past. Still, their on-the-scene reporting during major storms is hard to beat.

I'm always puzzled why people who don't watch this or any other program have the need to tear them down. I don't watch 99% of the programs discussed in this part of the forum, but I don't need nor do I post in those threads that I don't watch them. The ME generation is still alive and well.
post #127 of 477
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Anybody know if TWC is having a remote HD broadcast truck or trucks built as well for live coverage of weather stories/storms?

Yes, they have 2 HD trucks.
post #128 of 477
Infrared sat, Water vapor map, temperature that's all I need.
post #129 of 477
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Originally Posted by William View Post

You must be from Savannah (beach)?

Nope. But it's one of our favorite places to visit. And our dog's named Tybee.

So any idea when Weather HD will go live on Comcast in Atlanta?
post #130 of 477
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Originally Posted by Tybee View Post

Nope. But it's one of our favorite places to visit. And our dog's named Tybee.

So any idea when Weather HD will go live on Comcast in Atlanta?

A contract is in place so it will be whenever Comcast decides to add it.
post #131 of 477
I now have HD Weather Channel on Blue Ridge Cable in Kunkletown, PA located in the Pocono mountains as of today 4/2/08, the bad thing about this channel is there is no programming actually in HD it's all 4:3 and here's another bad thing the local forecast doesn't even show, when they show the local forecast it all just comes up as national maps ie: radar, precip nothing local at all, so as of now your better watching the SD version. For the life of me I can't understand why they add this channel with virtually no HD content on the channel and yet they still don't have Sci-Fi HD or Discovery HD which are the 2 stations I want the most and also Science Channel HD, as you can tell I like my space shows in HD.
post #132 of 477
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Originally Posted by captaink5217 View Post

I now have HD Weather Channel on Blue Ridge Cable in Kunkletown, PA located in the Pocono mountains as of today 4/2/08, the bad thing about this channel is there is no programming actually in HD it's all 4:3 and here's another bad thing the local forecast doesn't even show, when they show the local forecast it all just comes up as national maps ie: radar, precip nothing local at all, so as of now your better watching the SD version.

I have TWC on Charter in Rochester, MN, and they have not converted their sets/cameras over to HD shots yet, but Weather on 8s is in a HD....
post #133 of 477
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Originally Posted by gjvrieze View Post

I have TWC on Charter in Rochester, MN, and they have not converted their sets/cameras over to HD shots yet, but Weather on 8s is in a HD....

I believe the studio content will begin the switch to HD starting in early June. The conversion will be done in stages throughout the summer.
post #134 of 477
I also have Blue Ridge Cable. I'm guessing that they will be switching the WeatherStar to the new HD one shortly. Just watching now and the SD channel has the national feed and not the local so maybe they are in the process of doing it now.......I can hope.

P.S As has been posted earlier, June 2nd is when The Weather Channel begins broadcasting select shows in HD
post #135 of 477
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Weather Channel Touts HD Launches

Comcast, Charter, Cox, Time Warner Additions Cited As Part Of Ambitious HD Push

By Kent Gibbons -- Multichannel News, 4/16/2008 3:53:00 PM

The Weather Channel cited several recent launches of its high-definition sister network, riding on earlier-completed affiliate agreements for the HD version.

Time Warner Cable has launched The Weather Channel HD in Albany, N.Y., and on systems in Waco, Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Time Warner launches of TWC HD will take place in Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens on April 30.

Comcast launched The Weather Channel HD in Boston and Brookline, Mass. on April 3; with plans to launch the service for HD viewers in the Northwest New Jersey system May 15.

Cox Communications launched the HD network in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La., April 15. And Charter Communications launched it in St. Louis, Mo.; in parts of Georgia that include areas in the vicinity of Atlanta and in systems in Virginia, North Carolina, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan.

The Weather Channel has nearly completed outfitting a newly constructed HD facility that houses studios that will revolutionize the look of programming on the 24/7 weather information network.

The four-story studio has an advanced lighting system, new set designs for each program and a 37-foot long projection screen to serve as a versatile high-tech backdrop for maps, graphics, video, and live shots from the field.

Rehearsals begin in May with the first of the new HD studio presentations to premiere on June 2. Upon completion of this transition to the HD studio in 2008, almost all of the programming on the network will originate in the true HD format.

The network, which plans to invest more than $60 million to produce more than 90% of its programming in HD by June 2008, will have production and transmission technology in place to provide select field coverage of severe weather in HD starting with the first day of hurricane season, June 1.

Other affiliates recently launching The Weather Channel HD or planning to soon are RCN in Chicago and Boston; Service Electric Cable TV launched in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; Blue Ridge Communications in Pennsylvania; ETC Communications Georgia and Bresnan Communications in Montana.

The Weather Channel completed HD carriage agreements this year with all of the top six TV programming distributors, it said: Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, DirecTV and dish Network. DirecTV added The Weather Channel HD on Oct. 1.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6552154.html
post #136 of 477
Does anyone have local on the 8's in HD yet?.Not the national feed but 'for your location'...like the SD WeatherStar system? Of course, this is for people with Weather HD on their cable systems only.
post #137 of 477
I just went on a tour of the new studio. It is nearly complete and is really amazing. It was designed by the same company that did the ESPNHD studios. Broadcast of live HD programming is scheduled to begin in early June. Some of the highlights include 10+ 65" Sharp Commercial LCDs, LED accent lighting, 36' wide projection screen, robotic cameras, and more!

An online tour is scheduled to launch in May. I will update this thread with the address when it becomes available.
post #138 of 477
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Originally Posted by DFul4d View Post

I just went on a tour of the new studio. It is nearly complete and is really amazing. It was designed by the same company that did the ESPNHD studios. Broadcast of live HD programming is scheduled to begin in early June. Some of the highlights include 10+ 65" Sharp Commercial LCDs, LED accent lighting, 36' wide projection screen, robotic cameras, and more!

An online tour is scheduled to launch in May. I will update this thread with the address when it becomes available.

Sounds good!
post #139 of 477
Though we had previously heard that The Weather Channel's new HD studio wouldn't open until July, it looks like things will be getting started a touch early. Based on a dedicated page on the network's website, we're told that June 2nd is the date in which it will start broadcasting from an all new "state-of-the-art, eco-friendly" high-definition studio. The channel doesn't hesitate to give props to Cisco for its help in constructing the facility, and it has even posted a slideshow and video to give viewers a look at how it all came together. Head on down to the read link if that sounds like something you'd be interested in.

http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/05/05...dio-on-june-2/
post #140 of 477
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Originally Posted by stunnerstorm View Post

Does anyone have local on the 8's in HD yet?.Not the national feed but 'for your location'...like the SD WeatherStar system? Of course, this is for people with Weather HD on their cable systems only.

yes i get ny and my local on the 8s is HD....the graphics are different than the sd graphics.
post #141 of 477
Bob Stokes wont be part of the new HD shows....he was fired for sexual harassment:

A former anchorwoman, Hillary Andrews, claims her co-anchor, Bob Stokes, repeatedly propositioned her with classy lines like, "Will you lick my swizzle stick?"

When she rebuffed his advances, Andrews charged, Stokes's "hostility and volatility became a constant" and he sought to "sabotage" her on-air performance and even resorted to insulting her during live shows.

She also claims that because Stokes was popular with viewers, TWC blew her off when she complained.

Andrews won an arbitration case three months ago, at which point TWC fired Stokes. She's now filing suit against him in state court.

"swizzle stick" lol
post #142 of 477
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The Weather Channel Uses HD Technology To Revolutionize TV Weather Presentation

Originator of 24-hour Weather on TV Now Sets New Standard for HD Weather

Atlanta (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- On June 2, The Weather Channel will launch programming from its new facility, one year in the making and equipped to broadcast in pure High Definition format. Your Weather Today, seen weekdays 7-10 a.m., and Evening Edition, seen weeknights 9 p.m.-3 a.m., are the first two studio programs to be presented in the new format. Others will be added over the next several months until all studio programs of the network's 24/7 operation will be available in HD.

The new HD programming will be transmitted in the 1080i HD format with a simulcast of the same programming for SD receivers. Striking visual differences will be immediately noticeable to viewers as the result of all-new set designs, lighting, camera angles and production techniques. An HD video screen, as wide as a tennis court, will be the centerpiece for displaying all graphics, video shots, maps, radar and reports from the field.

Ever the Trailblazer
"The Weather Channel revolutionized how weather was presented when we launched in 1982 and we are about to do that again in 2008," said Ray Ban, executive vice president of programming and meteorology at The Weather Channel.

"We are going to raise the bar with a next-generation display which translates to a more dramatic viewing experience. Just as we introduced and grew around-the-clock weather, we now take ownership of a totally new way of presenting weather. Continuing in our path as innovators, we will move viewers forward into the HD era of weather presentation," he explained.

Features of the New HD Studio
Among the advances that will distinguish the HD programming at The Weather Channel is the 37-foot-long video screen, the largest available anywhere for real-time weather presentation. On-camera meteorologists will accent their presentations with large-scale weather data images and video clips.

June 2 also marks the launch of a new generation of graphics on The Weather Channel that has been in development for over a year. "With HD, all the images are more crisp, clear and colorful with more detail," noted Gus Lalone, vice president of programming and production. A team of more than 20 graphics designers and meteorologists collaborated to create new maps, images and descriptive elements to optimize HD's capability to show more detail and clarity.

All Viewers Will See a Striking Difference
HD and SD viewers alike will realize they are being transported to a new place for viewing weather. Each program will appear distinctive due to a pinwheel arrangement in the studio design. Other features of the state-of-the-art studio are:


An anchor desk console that rotates 359 degrees.

Seven different sets, each with its own LCD HD monitor.

Nine cameras, two with special effects to swoop and circle the set overhead on a track.

Spectacular lighting created with backlighting by 850 fluorescent lights and lower bands of LED lighting to change colors.

Upon completion of the transition to the HD studio in 2008, almost all of the programming on the network will originate in the true HD format. The network will have production and transmission technology in place to provide select field coverage of severe weather in HD starting with this hurricane season. June 2 will mark the first HD shots from the field for the network. Storm Tracker Jim Cantore will provide live shots which will be uplinked from Miami Beach via the TWC HD-equipped satellite truck.

A Final Distinction
In addition to breaking new ground in the presentation of weather in HD, The Weather Channel established another important precedent by making its ground-up HD facility a "green" building. Due to its commitment to be environmentally-responsible, the company designed the facility, which adjoins the company's headquarters in Atlanta, to meet specifications for a silver level (or possibly higher) certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/05/prweb955474.htm
post #143 of 477
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

The Weather Channel Uses HD Technology To Revolutionize TV Weather Presentation

Originator of 24-hour Weather on TV Now Sets New Standard for HD Weather

Atlanta (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- On June 2, The Weather Channel will launch programming from its new facility, one year in the making and equipped to broadcast in pure High Definition format. Your Weather Today, seen weekdays 7-10 a.m., and Evening Edition, seen weeknights 9 p.m.-3 a.m., are the first two studio programs to be presented in the new format. Others will be added over the next several months until all studio programs of the network's 24/7 operation will be available in HD.

so from 10:00am until 9:00pm the studio shows wont be in HD ?
i thought all of them woudve been.
post #144 of 477
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

so from 10:00am until 9:00pm the studio shows wont be in HD ?
i thought all of them woudve been.

I need to find the article that said they would be in HD 24/7 starting June 2nd. I read it somewhere..........

The Weather Channel HD keeps expanding

by Richard Lawler, posted Apr 19th 2008 at 7:31AM

We've noticed The Weather Channel HD slowly finding its way into various communities but now the network is touting all of its recent additions and letting us know what's on the way. An all new studio opens July 2, resulting in almost all programming originating in HD, especially its famed severe weather coverage going HD from the first day of hurricane season. Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, DirecTV and Dish already have carriage agreements and have the network online at least in some areas, while RCN, Service Electric Cable, Blue Ridge, ETC and Bresnan subs should either have the channel or receive it soon. If you dig your weather coverage in HD -- and the numbers indicate you do -- it's on the way in '08.

I guess that was the one I saw...
post #145 of 477
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Originally Posted by stunnerstorm View Post

I need to find the article that said they would be in HD 24/7 starting June 2nd. I read it somewhere..........

The Weather Channel HD keeps expanding

by Richard Lawler, posted Apr 19th 2008 at 7:31AM

We've noticed The Weather Channel HD slowly finding its way into various communities but now the network is touting all of its recent additions and letting us know what's on the way. An all new studio opens July 2, resulting in almost all programming originating in HD, especially its famed severe weather coverage going HD from the first day of hurricane season. Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, DirecTV and Dish already have carriage agreements and have the network online at least in some areas, while RCN, Service Electric Cable, Blue Ridge, ETC and Bresnan subs should either have the channel or receive it soon. If you dig your weather coverage in HD -- and the numbers indicate you do -- it's on the way in '08.

I guess that was the one I saw...

he has the date wrong so maybe thats wrong too ?
post #146 of 477
What can you folks tell me about WC: Epic Conditions?

A Blu Ray was recently released and I don't have the capability to watch these broadcasts currently. I know what they entail but do you find it enjoyable? How is the picture quality? Thanks in advance.
post #147 of 477
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Originally Posted by stunnerstorm View Post

I also have Blue Ridge Cable. I'm guessing that they will be switching the WeatherStar to the new HD one shortly. Just watching now and the SD channel has the national feed and not the local so maybe they are in the process of doing it now.......I can hope.

P.S As has been posted earlier, June 2nd is when The Weather Channel begins broadcasting select shows in HD

Just found out that the WeatherStar HD system isn't available yet. The Weather Channel is excepting it to be completed soon
post #148 of 477
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

Ever the Trailblazer
"The Weather Channel revolutionized how weather was presented when we launched in 1982 and we are about to do that again in 2008," said Ray Ban, executive vice president of programming and meteorology at The Weather Channel.

Ray Ban? Really? Does he work with Bob Oakley and Susie Blue Blockers?
post #149 of 477
did we ever find out if just the 7-10am & the 9p-3a studio shows are in HD and the rest arent ? thats what an article seemed to imply.
post #150 of 477
According to this press release all studio programs will be broadcast in HD by 3Q '08. (Next week?) I know Evening Edition will be in HD next week, they were talking about it last night.

http://press.weather.com/company/hd_fact_sheet.asp
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