WeatherNation TV

WeatherNation TV
WeatherNation logo.png
WeatherNation TV logo, used since October 27, 2011; since February 28, 2015, the network has used an alternate version, omitting the blue rounded square from the main emblem.
Launched October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27)
Owned by WeatherNation TV, Inc.
(Performance One Media)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV; widescreen)
Slogan "(Real) Weather. Pure and Simple."
"Weather. It's What We Do."
Country United States / Jamaica / Turks & Caicos
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Centennial, Colorado
Website weathernationtv.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Available on television stations in some markets via digital subchannels See list of affiliates
Satellite
DirecTV 361 (HD/SD)
Dish Network 215 (HD/SD)
Digicel Play 514 (SD)
Cable
OTA affiliates available on certain U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
(availability is at the discretion of the station and provider)
National feed available on select U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
IPTV
Southern Fibernet Channel 143-13
Streaming media
WeatherNationTV.com LIVE Live stream
Digital Media Receiver Roku Apple TV
Xbox 360 App available through Xbox 360 Applications
Available as an app on certain Smart TV models See manufacturer for details

WeatherNation TV (branded on-air as simply WeatherNation) is an American broadcast, digital streaming, cable and satellite television network that is owned by WeatherNation TV, Inc, a subsidiary of Performance One Media. The network broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news, including periodic coverage of severe and tropical weather events, as well as local weather segments. The network's studio facilities, along with its headquarters and master control facilities are located in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Colorado. It's also the first U.S. weather channel that can be watched online and with no registration to any cable/satellite/IPTV providers.

Previous company

AerisWeather LLC, originally WeatherNation, LLC then Broadcast Weather, is owned by Paul Douglas and Todd Frostad and is based in Excelsior, Minnesota.[1]

Paul Douglas first had the idea for outsourced weather production in 1979 but shelved it due to the expected high cost, mostly for satellite feeds ($5 to $7 million a month). With his lay off from WCCO-TV in 2008, Douglas started WeatherNation as broadband's availability decreased the costs. Douglas was CEO and Todd Frostad, formerly of Digital River and a commercial real estate businessman, was president and co-owner. The company hired 5 other meteorologists.[2] One of the company's first client was the St. Cloud Times[3] who signed on during the summer of 2009. Another was KARE in launching its Weather Now subchannel. By November 2009, the company had about two dozen clients with some being Spanish stations. WeatherNation also signed on Independent News Network which uses the company for five of its Spanish language client stations.[2]

On May 20, 2010, the company launched The Weather Cast, a channel developed for Dish Network with the intent to replace The Weather Channel on the satellite provider. Dish, which had been negotiating with the channel on a new carriage agreement, had planned to drop The Weather Channel as a result of a dispute over a planned increase in retransmission consent payments and the provider's dissatisfaction with the channel's decreased reliance on weather forecasts in favor of reality, documentary and other entertainment programming.[1] Weather Cast existed for four days, ceasing operations on May 24, when The Weather Channel reached a multi-year agreement with Dish Network.[4]

The company sold its WeatherNation trademarks and brand to Performance One Media in 2010 and changed its name to Broadcast Weather. Broadcast Weather also was contracted to produce the WeatherNation programming.[5]

History

Performance One Media in 2010 acquired the WeatherNation trademarks and brand from the original WeatherNation (now Broadcast Weather), a centralized weather service for local stations and web sites. Broadcast Weather also was hired to provide weather news programming for WeatherNation channel. In March 2011, WeatherNation TV, Inc. and National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) reached a long-term carriage agreement for a national channel for a second quarter 2011 roll out.[5]

WeatherNation would gain its first broadcast television outlet by October 24, 2011, WHDT in Stuart, Florida as its primary affiliation.[6] WIYC in Montgomery, Alabama also started carrying WeatherNation that same month.[7] Further expansion of its broadcast affiliate body continued in January 2012, when WeatherNation added affiliates in Minneapolis, Minnesota (KARE-TV);[8] Little Rock, Arkansas (KMYA-DT); Fort Smith, Arkansas (KFDF-CA); and Springfield, Missouri (KFFS-CA).[9]

Many of WeatherNation TV's initial over-the-air affiliates were low-power and full-power stations that were not affiliated with one of the major broadcast television networks. However, from 2012 to 2014, the network announced piecemeal agreements with two major broadcasting groups to carry WeatherNation on the subchannels of network-affiliated stations (including one which expanded upon an existing affiliation agreement with such a station). During 2013 and 2014, the network expanded its distribution agreement with the Gannett Company, owner of Minneapolis affiliate KARE-TV, to add the network on the subchannels of its stations in cities such as Atlanta (WXIA-TV), Denver (KUSA) and Washington, D.C. (WUSA).[10][11][12] On October 27, 2014, WeatherNation TV signed an affiliation agreement with the Sinclair Broadcast Group to carry its programming on a subchannel of the company's flagship station, WBFF in Baltimore.[13] Beginning in November 2014, additional Sinclair owned or managed stations signed affiliation agreements with the network in markets such as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mobile, Alabama and Bakersfield, California.

On January 14, 2014, WeatherNation launched on DirecTV channel 361 as part of a carriage dispute between the The Weather Channel and DirecTV.[14] In April 2014, the companies announced a long term agreement for the carriage of WeatherNation TV on the DirecTV platform.

On April 21, 2015, Dish Network announced that it had reached an agreement to add WeatherNation onto its lineup, making it available on channel 215.[15]

Availability

Broadcast television

As of January 2015, WeatherNation TV has current or pending affiliation agreements with 35 television stations in 33 media markets encompassing 21 states and the District of Columbia. WeatherNation is carried primarily on digital subchannels of broadcast television stations, and is carried on the digital tiers of select cable providers at the discretion of a local affiliate of the network in most markets. Most of its affiliates are full-power television stations, however WeatherNation is carried on low-power stations – mainly through translators of full-power stations that carry the network – in some areas. The national feed's carriage on certain cable and satellite providers is WeatherNation's sole method of distribution in markets where an over-the-air affiliate is not present.

WeatherNation affiliates, specifically those that operate a news department, have the option of breaking away from the network's programming to carry regularly scheduled programming from the station's primary feed – particularly, programs carried by the station's primary network affiliation – on the subchannel in order to accommodate breaking news or severe weather coverage, or telecasts of locally produced or syndicated sports events on the primary channel (depending on WeatherNation's subchannel placement and the station's carriage of additional subchannel services, especially those affiliated with a major network such as The CW or MyNetworkTV).

Although WeatherNation TV maintains a high-definition feed, its broadcast affiliates carry the network in 480i standard-definition in its default 16:9 widescreen format in order to preserve bandwidth to transmit the station's primary channel in high-definition; the HD feed is generally exclusive to certain pay television providers at their preference.

Pay television

WeatherNation TV's national feed began to be carried on satellite provider DirecTV on channel 361 on December 16, 2013; the provider reached a temporary carriage agreement with the network while it was renegotiating its contract with The Weather Channel (which was carried on channel 362).[16] After DirecTV dropped The Weather Channel on January 14, 2014 due to the reasons behind Dish Network's planned removal of the channel in May 2010, the provider replaced The Weather Channel on channel 362 with WeatherNation,[17] which lasted until The Weather Channel and DirecTV struck a new carriage agreement on April 8, 2014 that restored TWC on channel 362; however, WeatherNation TV continues to be carried on channel 361 as a result of a long-term carriage agreement it signed with DirecTV on April 2, one week prior to The Weather Channel agreement.[18]

On April 21, 2015, WeatherNation reached an agreement with Dish Network to be offered to its customers as a six-week preview, and then added to Dish's America's Top 120 programming packages.

The programming is divided into five parts. Early Outlook airs from 3-6am ET, Morning Edition from 6am-12pm ET, Today from 12pm to 6pm ET, Evening Edition from 6pm-12am ET, and Late Evening from 12-3am ET.

References

  1. ^ a b Huttner, Paul (May 21, 2010). "Paul Douglas launches new national weather channel from the Twin Cities". Updraft. Minnesota Public Radio. MPR News. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Brooks Suzukamo, Leslie (November 28, 2009). "Ex-WCCO Meteorologist Paul Douglas wants to bring the nation's TV stations more weather". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Digital First Media. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kaiser, Emily (March 30, 2009). "Paul Douglas is back! In St. Cloud, at least". City Pages. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Gibbons, Kent; Spangler, Todd (May 24, 2010). "Weather Channel Gets Dish Deal Done, Avoiding Drop". Multichannel News. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "WeatherNation TV Cuts Distribution Deal with NCTC". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. March 30, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "WHDT Drops RTV For Weather Nation". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. October 27, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "WIYC 48 Drops The Country Network". Montgomery TV and Radio. October 6, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gannett's KARE 11, WeatherNation Partner for 24/7 Twin Cities Weather Coverage". MarketWatch. January 23, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "WeatherNation Continues to Add More Affiliates". Yahoo Finance. January 23, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gannett's WXIA Atlanta To Air WeatherNation". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "WeatherNation Launches On KUSA Denver". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "WUSA Enhances Its First Alert Weather With WeatherNation TV in Washington, D.C.". Yahoo! Finance. April 8, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ray Frager (October 27, 2014). "New weather channel launches". Maryland Daily Record. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Reynolds, Mike (January 14, 2014). "The Weather Channel Now Dark on DirecTV". Multichannel News. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ Mike Farrell (April 23, 2015). "Dish Network Launches WeatherNation". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ Joe Flint (December 25, 2013). "DirecTV issues veiled threat in talks with Weather Channel". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ Todd Spangler (January 13, 2014). "Weather Channel Pulled from DirecTV". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ "DirecTV Signs Multi-Year Deal with WeatherNation". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 

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