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Weather Channel cuts reality shows in DirecTV deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV with a significant compromise that affects all of its viewers: it promises to focus more on the weather.

After a three-month dispute with DirecTV that saw the channel dropped to some 20 million U.S. viewers, the two sides came to a new deal that will restore service on Wednesday.

The biggest change to its programming will affect all Weather Channel viewers, not just DirecTV subscribers. It said it will reduce its reality programming by half on weekdays. That means fewer airings of TV shows like "Coast Guard Alaska" and "Hurricane Hunters."

David Kenny, the CEO of channel parent Weather Company, apologized for the disruption and vowed to reward viewers with more weather-focused news.

The deal will also allow DirecTV customers to have instant access to local weather information and to watch Weather Channel programming on mobile devices if they provide their subscriber information.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

DirecTV chief content officer Dan York acknowledged the dropping of the channel was "frustrating" for consumers, but added "their patience was ultimately rewarded with a better deal and a better product."

DirecTV will also keep running WeatherNation, the channel it first picked up to replace The Weather Channel when the dispute started. It announced a multiyear deal with WeatherNation TV Inc. last week.

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eugenejones05 April 09 2014 at 11:38 PM

it's about damn time. glad to see the weather channel back on directtv, other companies did not lose the weather channel...I look forward to watching the weather news again...

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LORRAINE April 09 2014 at 6:36 PM

Oh my gosh , I m so glad its back and I know a WHOOOOOOOOOOLLE lot of people who missed it as much as I did , its kinda funny if you think about it , everybody was taking about how much they missed The Weather Cannel . Who'd a thought , people get hooked on soap operas but the Weather Channel ??

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coinguy804 April 10 2014 at 5:51 AM

I never watch the weather channel ever anymore, the local weather being prempted by reality shows that suck but are cheap to produce FORGETABOUTIT

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punky39 April 10 2014 at 5:52 AM

Thank you DirecTV, and I am not a fan of DirecTV. Now when you go to the weather channel ,you might be able to get some weather reports quickly.

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Mario April 10 2014 at 5:57 AM

Thank you Direct TV for playing hardball with the Weather Channel. I simply want weather news!

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slmognet66 April 09 2014 at 6:35 PM

I bet the same dude that came up with the idea of reality shows on the Weather Channel is also the same dude that thought up giving winter storms a name. Both ideas are terrible. Keep doing what you do best Weather Channel....that is how you succeed.

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wishbonemkt April 10 2014 at 6:00 AM

About time,Weather Nation is about weather,thats what the Weather channel used to be about instead of trying to reivent the wheel and be all things to all people I hate the Sam Champain thing get rid of him!!!!!!

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crr1100 wishbonemkt April 10 2014 at 6:42 AM

I'm with you on the Sam Champion thing. I feel bad for Mike and Maria, they got stuck with 2 losers

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pmsalomons April 09 2014 at 6:31 PM

Reality TV has its place but it has become way too overdone in general...we are awash in reality TV shows and I would not miss them at all...

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Dick April 10 2014 at 6:06 AM

Hooray for Direct TV. The weather channel should be about the weather, not reality programs of which we already see too many of now. Thanks Direct TV.

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elizetc April 09 2014 at 6:30 PM

Thank goodness the weather channel is back. Weather nation was terrible. Tried to get into it, but was never the same. So happy to have you back, Weather Channel!!!!

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