Weatherscan

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Weatherscan
Weatherscan logo currently in use since September 2005
LaunchedMarch 31, 1999 (1999-03-31)
(as Weatherscan Local)
February 2003 (2003-02)
(as Weatherscan)
Owned byNBCUniversal
Blackstone Group
Bain Capital
Picture format480i (SDTV)
HD unavailable.
SloganAll Local, All The Time
CountryUnited States
LanguageAmerican English
Broadcast areaNational (in select areas)
Formerly calledWeatherscan Local (1999-2003)
Sister channel(s)The Weather Channel
WebsiteTWC webpage
Availability
Satellite
Dish NetworkCheck local listings for channels
Cable
Verizon FiOSChannel 49
Comcast Digital CableCheck local listings for channels
Available on some cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
 
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Weatherscan
Weatherscan logo currently in use since September 2005
LaunchedMarch 31, 1999 (1999-03-31)
(as Weatherscan Local)
February 2003 (2003-02)
(as Weatherscan)
Owned byNBCUniversal
Blackstone Group
Bain Capital
Picture format480i (SDTV)
HD unavailable.
SloganAll Local, All The Time
CountryUnited States
LanguageAmerican English
Broadcast areaNational (in select areas)
Formerly calledWeatherscan Local (1999-2003)
Sister channel(s)The Weather Channel
WebsiteTWC webpage
Availability
Satellite
Dish NetworkCheck local listings for channels
Cable
Verizon FiOSChannel 49
Comcast Digital CableCheck local listings for channels
Available on some cable systemsCheck local listings for channels

Weatherscan (originally called Weatherscan Local and known as The Weather Channel Weatherscan) is a TV channel offered by The Weather Channel. Carried on select cable systems in the United States, Weatherscan features uninterrupted local weather information in graphical format on a continuous loop. All content is produced by an IntelliStar unit at the cable company's headend and, unlike The Weather Channel, Weatherscan does not feature on-air talent of any kind.

When it debuted in 1999, Weatherscan operated five collective services for local weather information: Weatherscan Local features animated weather information with a complete local weather segment every two minutes; Weatherscan Radar featured a continuous Doppler radar loop, along with severe weather advisories when warranted; Weatherscan Plus, which debuted on April 30, 1999 featured activity-specific forecasts for golf, skiing, boating, beachgoing and business and leisure travel; Weatherscan Plus Traffic, which launched on May 31, 1999 featured the same format as Weatherscan Plus with traffic information included; Weatherscan Espanol, which launched with Weatherscan Plus Traffic, was a Spanish-language version of Weatherscan Plus allowing regional or international weather information.[1]

The IntelliStar unit used by Weatherscan is configured differently than that used by The Weather Channel, featuring different graphics, additional weather products, and runs continuously. A pre-recorded narration introduces several segments, including "Your current conditions," "The local doppler radar," and "Your local forecast." The narration is not the same as the narration on The Weather Channel's local forecasts and uses a female announcer.

Weatherscan is available in many top markets around the United States, though its availability is less than that of The Weather Channel. Many cable companies offer Weatherscan on their digital cable lineup, although a few companies provide the channel on their basic cable lineup, on which The Weather Channel is also offered. Dish Network has also added a Weatherscan feed to their service, which began in 2011.

Weatherscan's packages[edit]

Weatherscan has a variety of segments that show different information regarding the weather. Below are a list of known packages on Weatherscan and some brief information about them. Note that some Weatherscans do not carry some of these packages.

During the XL era, five different packages could be chosen.[2]

Currently available packages on Weatherscan include:

Weatherscan timeline[edit]

Note: "Domestic IntelliStar" refers to STARs that output content for The Weather Channel.

  • Weatherscan Local gets a new look. The weather icons' animation was removed (they were animated prior to this update) and are now still icons.
  • New products are added to several Weatherscan Locals nationwide, including health, airports, and the Spanish forecast, among others. Some Weatherscans have been reported to still show only the local forecast back to back.
  • An entire album of Trammell Starks music is now played instead of just Fair Weather. Some Weatherscan Local machines did not receive this update until late 2002.
  • Vocal Local Narration also debuts by TWC staff announcer Allen Jackson, but only two screens had narration at the time, for the Current Conditions, "your current conditions", and for the 36 Hour Forecast, "the forecast for your area", but sometimes an unknown announcer would read the 36 Hour Forecast.

National/Satellite feed[edit]

When Weatherscan Local debuted in 1999, there was also a national version of the channel that was used for satellite companies and smaller cable companies that could not afford Weatherscan Local. This channel featured current temperatures and the forecast for the next several days for select cities throughout the United States, as well as national and regional radar images. This channel was named simply "Weatherscan". There is uncertainty as to whether or not the national version was discontinued. However, since Weatherscan Local simplified its name to "Weatherscan" in 2003, it is likely that the national feed was discontinued during or around that time. A new Weatherscan feed launched in July 2011 for Dish Network subscribers, replacing the short-lived service The Weather Cast that had been founded as a replacement for The Weather Channel as a result of a carriage dispute in May 2010; the Weatherscan feed provides regionalized information for cities within 125 miles of a given area, and is delivered in the same manner as the Weatherscan systems on cable providers.

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