|Launched||March 10, 2015|
|Slogan||All Weather, All the Time|
|Broadcast area||Nationwide (available in select markets)|
|Headquarters||State College, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Replaced||The Weather Channel (Verizon FiOS)|
|Sister channel(s)||The Local AccuWeather Channel|
The AccuWeather Network is an American cable television network that is owned by AccuWeather. The network broadcasts pre-recorded national and regional weather forecasts, analysis of ongoing weather events, and weather-related news, along with local weather segments for mostly the Northeastern United States. The network's studio and master control facilities are based at AccuWeather's headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania.
AccuWeather, which for many years had distributed its forecast content to participating broadcast television stations around the United States, launched its first 24-hour television venture in 2007, with the launch of The Local AccuWeather Channel (now AccuWeather Channel), a network distributed via the digital subchannels of various commercial (and in one case, non-commercial) stations, primarily featuring pre-recorded local, regional, and national forecast segments.
On January 13, 2014, AccuWeather announced that it would launch a new national weather channel, tentatively named "AccuWeather Channel", in the third quarter of that year. The channel aimed to focus its programming on forecasts and other weather information, designed as an alternative to The Weather Channel, which, since its purchase by NBCUniversal, Bain Capital, and The Blackstone Group in 2008, shifted towards a mix of forecasts and reality series which had a tenuous or limited connection to weather.
Plans to form a competing network began to be developed by AccuWeather in 2013; however, the company did not intend to publicly announce the launch until later the following year, with founder and president Dr. Joel N. Myers citing the decision to announce the launch earlier based on the limited "availability of quality forecasts on TV", and a then-ongoing carriage dispute between The Weather Channel and satellite provider DirecTV to make notice of the new service. Barry Lee Myers, chief executive officer of AccuWeather, cited the company's decision to start the new channel as it had already offered "coverage in virtually every other medium" and, because of its existing digital presence, created a channel that would have the "look and feel of a digital device". AccuWeather Network was announced as a multi-platform service that would be streamed on the internet and mobile websites of AccuWeather and on its affiliate partners (which did not occur upon its initial launch), in addition to cable and satellite distribution. The channel's launch was eventually delayed until the channel was able to secure carriage on pay television providers.
The network was launched on March 10, 2015, with Verizon Fios as the first provider to offer the new network; Verizon Fios began carrying AccuWeather Network on channels 119 (in standard definition) and 619 (in high definition) after the provider's carriage agreement with The Weather Channel (which was replaced by AccuWeather Network in its respective channel slots) and its sister network Weatherscan (itself initially replaced on the provider by a widget featuring forecast content sourced from WeatherBug) expired without a renewal. Ironically, Verizon's decision to replace The Weather Channel with AccuWeather Network was despite its claim that the former's removal was a long-term business decision based on the increasing consumer availability of weather information on digital media (via the Internet and mobile devices), although the need for weather coverage without filler programming to pad periods when no significant weather was occurring was also cited.
AccuWeather Network provides national, regional, and local weather forecast segments as well as specialty forecasts and weather-related feature segments. Segments providing forecasts, meteorological analysis on weather conditions around the United States, and severe weather information are presented by on-camera personalities and meteorologists employed by AccuWeather to provide forecasts for the company's website and the AccuWeather Channel broadcast service.
AccuWeather Network also displays continuous weather information on a "L"-shaped ticker placed at the lower and left-sides of the TV screen, which is visible even during commercial breaks. The left top third of the ticker displays current weather conditions with sky condition and both actual and RealFeel™ (or apparent) temperature displayed at all times; while the bottom two-thirds of that area cycles between additional observations (wind speed/direction, humidity, visibility, and ultraviolet indexes) and six-hour forecasts for each city. The bottom of the ticker displays descriptive 24-hour forecasts as well as five-day forecasts (showing the forecasted sky conditions and temperatures) for individual cities below a rundown bar containing segments and forecast locations.
Regional feeds of the network were launched for FiOS customers in the Northeast on September 10, 2015. One feed covers FiOS customers in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. The other feed covers customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
Local forecasts aired on AccuWeather Network (similar in format to The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s") are generated by a computer unit installed at the provider's headend, which inserts data over the channel's national feed. The localized segments provide current weather observations, and high and low temperatures observed since 12:00 a.m. local time for a given city; MinuteCast™ forecasts, incremental forecasts (pioneered by AccuWeather, Inc.) for the next hour; at-a-glance forecasts for the current day and the day after; extended forecasts (which, in addition to the traditional seven-day outlooks, includes 10-, 15-, 25-, 30- and 45-day forecasts, longer-term forecasts also pioneered by AccuWeather); almanacs (showing temperature averages and extremes for the current date, and recorded precipitation for the past 24 hours, historical maximum precipitation for the date, and month-to-date and departure from average precipitation in the area); and computer models showing forecasted sky conditions and temperatures in the surrounding metropolitan area and region for the succeeding 24- to 36-hour period.
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