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DirecTV could drop The Weather Channel as talks stall

By Kyle Johnson,

The Weather Channel might soon disappear from satellite provider DirecTV as the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement and the current deal is up Tuesday, Jan. 14.

One problem for The Weather Channel in the dispute is that DirecTV just launched their own weather channel called Weather Nation, which offers "round-the-clock hard weather news, free of any interruptions from reality TV," Variety reports.

The last bit is a dig towards The Weather Channel, which has been adding reality-type shows to its lineup, including Hurricane Hunters, Prospectors and Highway Thru Hell.

To combat the possibility of being dropped by the No. 1 satellite provider and its 20 million U.S. customers, The Weather Channel has begun asking the public intervene, according to Deadline.

In its press release, the network alleges, "For DIRECTV to take us off their lineup would be deeply irresponsible to its customers who not only count on The Weather Channel on a day-to-day basis, but depend on us before, during and after severe weather events."

The network wants viewers to light up their senators and representatives' phone lines as well as the satcaster's in an attempt to convince DirecTV that dropping The Weather Channel would be a bad idea.

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