ANNOUNCEMENT: effective March 31, 2021, Webs/Vistaprint is discontinuing free website service, and this site will no longer be viewable or editable. Because of this, I have moved the STAR database to Google Sheets, and all future submissions and other edits will be done there.
Welcome to the WeatherSTAR database! This is the place to find information on STAR units.
WeatherSTAR (STAR is an acronym for Satellite Transponder Addressable Receiver) is technology used by The Weather Channel to produce localized weather forecasts, better known as Local On The 8s, for cable TV systems across the US. The hardware is a computer unit that is installed at cable TV headends nationwide. These units receive, generate, and insert local forecasts and other weather information, including weather advisories and warnings, into TWC's national programming, as well as on TWC's sister channel, Weatherscan.
The database was originally maintained by Aaron (socool775) and the site was on a different host provider, ZoomShare. In 2013, ZoomShare had discontinued its free website host service, and rather than having to pay $6.95 a month to continue maintaining the database, Aaron offered me to take over, which I immediately accepted, since I've submitted most units to the database anyway. Afterwards, I rebuilt the database using a new host provider, Webs, using the submissions that I had previously backed up from Aaron's site.
Feel free to check out the units that are currently in registry. Click on any link below.
If you spot typos and errors, or would like to submit info for a new STAR, please feel free to email me at: [email protected]
When submitting a new unit, please provide a city name and cable headend name, and if available, your local weather ID number as well as a link to a snapshot picture or a video clip from YouTube, DailyMotion, etc. Any submissions are welcome.
IntelliSTAR 2 XD -- Hammond, IN (Comcast Xfinity)
Weatherscan -- Portland, OR (cable provider corrected to Ziply Fiber; was previously Frontier FiOS)
Weatherscan -- Seattle, WA (cable provider corrected to Ziply Fiber; was previously Frontier FiOS)
Other site updates
As of April 2020, Frontier FiOS in Portland and Seattle have been acquired by Ziply Fiber, and as a result, the cable providers of the Weatherscan units for said cities have had their provider names changed to Ziply. Frontier FiOS in Fort Wayne, IN was NOT included in Ziply's acquisition.
As of June 2019, The Weather Channel has returned to the Verizon FiOS lineups since the channel was dropped from the provider in 2015. I am accepting any new FiOS IS2 XD unit submissions as well as any now-discontinued IS1 and Weatherscan units that were in commission prior to the 2015 FiOS removal.
As of November 2017, there have been reports that Comcast has or will discontinue Weatherscan from its Xfinity channel lineups in many of their markets, in addition to the other markets that were affected back in 2014. All Xfinity Weatherscan submissions will remain in the database for archival purposes, and I will gladly accept any new submissions for Weatherscan units that have also been dropped from other Comcast markets.
As of 2016, Charter Spectrum has officially acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, following approval from federal regulators. As a result, all submissions on this site, including the now-retired IntelliSTARs, whose providers were Time Warner or Bright House have been changed to Charter.
On November 16, 2015, The Weather Channel has officially discontinued the IntelliSTAR (IS1), as they have ordered all cable headends who still had the units to replace them with either the IntelliSTAR 2 XD or the IntelliSTAR 2 Jr. Despite the IntelliSTAR now being retired, in order to keep its legacy alive, I've decided to continue accepting IS1 submissions, including those that have already been retired and replaced with an IS2 XD or Jr. Also, the IntelliSTAR 2 tab has been renamed to "IntelliSTAR 2 XD", and any new IS2 XD submissions will be added there along with the previous IS2 submissions, as the XD is capable of outputting in both HD and SD. I am also still taking IS2 Jr submissions as well.
This website is NOT officially affiliated with The Weather Channel or its parent company, Entertainment Studios. It is only just a fan site maintained by a fan of The Weather Channel.