A am livid. I AM LIVID. I can’t remember the last time I was so offended. Yes, I’m taking personal offense to DirecTV pulling The Weather Channel from their lineup. They clearly have no idea what that iconic channel means to the public.
I first heard about the potential of the channel being pulled last week and I tweeted this picture of my five year old watching The Weather Channel. It doesn’t matter what this kid is doing, the second I turn this channel on he is right up against the screen, totally enthralled with whatever is on. He is obsessed with tornadoes. He absolutely loves tornado season (yes, I realize it’s catastrophic but it fascinates him) and he’s gone so far as to asking me to YouTube various tornadoes that have been caught on camera. He does fear them, I would never tell him it’s possible for them to strike anywhere because the kid would never go outside again but he just loves the weather.
When I saw Jim Cantore (LOVE) make a plea to get support for TWC to prevent DirecTV from taking them off the airways I immediately took action. I posted that picture of Josh and Twitter went nuts. DirecTV themselves contacted me saying they were “Still talking and it was a possibility they would not be pulled” and assured me even if it was pulled they have their own channel to replace it. I replied “Does said channel have Jim Cantore? I think not.” and never heard from them again.
I did however hear from The Dish Network. They asked me for my business. I seriously considered it and the ONLY thing that has kept me from begging my husband to switch is NFL Sunday Ticket. DirecTV is LUCKY I have to have football in my life or I’d be long gone.
You should have read the things people were saying to me. Some were asking for more details on how they could help because they were unaware of this travesty and others were determined to fight me on my mission. Someone had the nerve to tell me they have too many shows on there. I pointed out that not only is every show weather related but they’re great learning shows and there is not only “Weather on the 8′s” but if there is a major event they will suspend all programming and will focus on the event unfolding. This person’s reply was that “There is always a major weather event, this is a big country”. Um, NO. No, there isn’t. I was so dumbfounded by their ignorance I ended up being snippy and told them I will remain loyal to TWC because not only do I find it valuable, my son absolutely adores it.
The day after the campaign I woke up and immediately checked my phone. I need to stop doing that, I’ve been getting nothing but bad news this week. The first thing I saw an an email from my husband who knows how Josh and I feel about TWC saying that DirecTV has dropped them. Just like that. Gone. No “We’re still negotiating”, they were gone.
I was dreading telling my son but this afternoon he asked me to tune in because he wanted to see what the weather was like. Then I had to break the news – “The people who put the satellite dish in took The Weather Channel away”.
That crushed me. Before I said that he was jumping all over the couch, happy as could be. He immediately stopped what he was doing and gave a heartfelt “WHY?” and then I told him that they’re super mean people who clearly are selfish and want their own channel to get more viewers and have absolutely no respect for a channel that has been in our household since long before he was born. His reply was typical of a five year old kid – “Awww!”
That’s right buddy. I hear you. It’s the worst.
In a desperate attempt to see if maybe they haven’t pulled it yet I pulled up my favorites list and in place of my beloved channel I saw “WNHD”. I felt sick. I had at least hoped DirecTV would have given us a little time to say our goodbyes. Gone, it’s just gone. I thank God for the internet, they can’t take that away from me. Josh and I sat together at the computer and we checked out Weather.com’s Top 100 Photos of 2013, most of the events remembered.
I’m sure my lone voice won’t do much in the way of bringing TWC back into my home but I will stand by this channel until the end of time. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this channel means to me, if you’ve read a word of this post you’ll clearly see that. I went to the DirecTV support section to make my voice heard and I was truly offended at the way they simply dismissed the channel. I don’t even want to rebuke their claims because my blood pressure couldn’t handle it.
If there is even the slightest chance our voices will bring TWC back to DirecTV I say we raise them. Tweet @WeatherChannel and @Directv to voice your opinion and feel free to contact customer support. I’m sure they will simply blow you off because clearly money matters more than service but maybe if enough of us raise our voices some of us might actually be heard.