DirecTV Whips Up 'Hurricane Sandy' Channel

Satellite Operator Pulls in Feeds from Local TV Stations for 24-Hour Channel

DirecTV has launched a dedicated 24-hour "Hurricane Sandy Information" channel with live broadcasts from local TV stations in markets affected by the massive storm.

The DirecTV-produced information channel will begin broadcasting live coverage from local stations at 9 a.m. Eastern Monday on viewer channels 325 and 349. The operator plans to provide continuous coverage until the hurricane has “diminished in strength.”

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sandy is expected to generate “life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds, plus heavy Appalachian snows.” The storm has disrupted transportation networks in the Northeast, with Amtrak, commuter rails and the New York City subway shutting down service ahead of landfall.

DirecTV will manually switch to a local station in the affected market as Hurricane Sandy progresses. The information channel will broadcast coverage from the following markets: New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Baltimore; and Norfolk, Va.

DirecTV will simulcast local news and information coverage from various stations in affected markets. The company also will provide information about potential evacuations, closures, event cancellations and any additional critical information as needed. Hurricane preparation information will be delivered in graphical form from the American Red Cross along with information from other emergency organizations.