Radio and TV Talk 

Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

DirecTV signs up SEC Network, final major satellite/cable provider to pick it up

  • 11:39 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
SEC network logo

The SEC Network, when it debuts August 14, will be available on all major satellite and cable providers in Atlanta, now that DirecTV has signed on.

The other providers that will carry the new network include AT&T U-verse, Comcast and Dish. Charter is close to finalizing a deal and expects to have the network ready to go soon. UPDATE on Aug. 6: Charter finalized their deal today.

The channel, owned by ESPN, will air its first football game on Thursday, August 28. The first University of Georgia game will air against Troy Sept. 20.

Nationwide, the network will be available in 87 million [More]

The Weather Channel back on DirecTV April 9 after three-month dispute

  • 3:19 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

DirecTV will return The Weather Channel to the air after a caustic three-month dispute, with the Atlanta-based network agreeing to some concessions.

The Weather Channel is expected to return onto Channel 362 sometime on Wednesday, April 9. A spokeswoman didn’t have the exact time but someone inside the company heard it would be at around 11 a.m.

Off air for 20 million DirecTV customers since mid January, the Weather Channel said it will cut back its reality programs by half on weekdays and allow DirecTV customers to watch the network’s live programming on multiple devices as long as they can prove they [More]

Weather Channel/DirecTV sniping continues as third week of blackout arrives

  • 8:55 pm Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Here’s quick summary of how the Weather Channel blackout from DirecTV is playing out in recent days with no resolution in sight:

- Last Friday, Mike White, the CEO of DirecTV, responded to the Weather Channel salvos with a letter to the public. In it, he said DirecTV research shows the Weather Channel is the fourth place their viewers go to check out weather behind local news and Web/smartphone options. He also believes the Weather Channel is only worth one-quarter of the amount they’re asking.  He also repeated that many viewers felt the network had wandered away from its core [More]

The Weather Channel fears losing DirecTV subscribers

  • 4:06 pm Saturday, January 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Atlanta-based Weather Channel went on the offensive early this morning asking the public to contact Congress if DirecTV decides to drop the channel from its service on January 14.

Why Congress? The Weather Channel is citing this as a “public safety issue” during extreme weather situations.

(Then again, we are now in a world where weather information is readily available on the Weather Channel app and in multiple places on the Web.)

Here’s info the Weather Channel’s press release:

Viewers who are interested in getting involved are encouraged to visit Here, consumers can submit a letter to their Congressional representative and can [More]