EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DIRECTV is launching a dedicated 24/7 "Tropical Storm Isaac Information" channel that will provide live broadcasts from local stations in markets affected by the tropical storm to DIRECTV viewers nationwide.
The DIRECTV-produced information channel will begin broadcasting at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT tonight and will air on viewer channels 325 and 349. DIRECTV plans to provide continuous coverage until the storm has diminished in strength.
DIRECTV will simulcast local news and information coverage from various stations in affected markets as the storm moves up from the Florida Keys through the Gulf of Mexico. DIRECTV will also provide graphical information to inform our customer base about potential evacuations, closures, event cancellations and any additional critical information as needed. Storm preparation information will be delivered in graphical form from the American Red Cross along with information from other emergency organizations.
As DIRECTV tracks the storm it will manually switch to a local station in the affected market. The information channel will broadcast coverage from the following markets:
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