To get Interactive Weather on DirecTV, you must first subscribe to the DirecTV satellite service and use a specific interactive receiver. You can access your current local weather as forecast on The Weather Channel, found at Channel 362. By using the "Local on the 8s" feature, or pressing the red button on the satellite remote control, you can receive the weather report for your zip code. The Interactive Weather feature is available only on the standard-definition version, not the HD version of the Weather Channel.
Things You'll Need
- DirecTV service
- DirecTV remote control
Determine if you have the proper interactive receiver by locating the receiver's model. Search the front panel of the receiver box under the DirecTV logo, the back panel of the receiver box on the far right side; or use the remote to select Menu-Settings-Info-Test. Check for model number D10 or above; R15 or above; H20 or above; or HR20 or above.
Point the remote at the satellite box. Tune to the Weather Channel at Channel 362.
Press the red button on the remote control. Allow up to several minutes for the interactive features to load.
Enter your zip code in the "City Finder" box, and press enter. Review your local weather on the welcome screen. Choose "View Radar" to watch imagery of the current regional radar pattern. Access the 3-day and 5-day forecasts by choosing one of those options. Click on "Other Features" to get up-to-date information about wind speed and humidity.
Enter a new zip code in the "City Finder" box to view weather information for a different location. Exit Interactive Weather by choosing the "Exit" button on the interactive screen, or by choosing "Menu" on the remote control.
Tips & Warnings
- Current weather conditions are updated each hour and extended forecast are updated four times a day. For customers who don't wish to enter the Interactive Weather screen, the Weather Channel offers an interactive service called "Local on the 8s," which is a local forecast that airs six times an hour at each 8-minute mark -- for example, 1:08 p.m., 1:18 p.m., 1:28 p.m.
- In cases of severe weather, an Alert Ticker will run at the bottom of the screen, carrying current weather warnings and alerts.
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