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PLEASE READ: Plugin Will cease to work Nov 15 (6 posts)

  1. mattbta
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    It looks like weather.com will cease to offer free forecast feeds as of November 15. I had a look at the ‘offerings’ proposed in the email I received below, but I’m not paying $20/month for weather data. Looks like I’ll have to find a new provider for weather information and re-write the plugin to use that…or let it die.

    Dear Registrant:

    We are writing to you because our records indicate that you are a registered user of the weather.com® XML Data Feed (http://xoap.weather.com.)

    As a valued subscriber, we want to let you know that our data feed service offerings are changing. Beginning the week of October 10th, 2011, we will be launching a new subscription service, The Weather Channel® API.

    The Weather Channel® API is a subscription offering created by The Weather Channel specifically to provide developers with access to an easy to use weather data feed that they can use to power commercial applications across a variety of technology platforms.

    Key Features include:
    • access to the most comprehensive global forecast set available anywhere
    • white label solution (no logo; no links)
    • weather data provided by weather.com®
    • data may be accessed in either XML or JSON format
    • leverages a world class cloud-based Infrastructure
    • product support for the world wide web, the mobile web, downloadable web / PC applications, and downloadable mobile phone / smart phone applications
    • multi-language support for English, Spanish, French, German, & Portuguese
    What this means to you:
    In order to have access to an XML data feed from The Weather Channel, you will need to subscribe to The Weather Channel® API. This letter serves as formal notice to you that your access to the weather.com® XML Data Feed will terminate at midnight Eastern time on November 15, 2011. To evaluate The Weather Channel® API as an alternative to the weather.com® XML Data Feed, please go to http://portal.theweatherchannel.com.

    If you have questions concerning this notice, you can call The Weather Channel at (770) 226-2329 or e-mail us at theweatherchannelapi@weather.com.

    We look forward to continuing our relationship with you.

    Best Regards,

    Scott H. Zucker
    Director, Revenue Management & Optimization
    The Weather Channel, LLC
    Phone: (770) 226-2329
    Facsimile: (770) 226-2966
    E-mail: theweatherchannelapi@weather.com
    Web: http://portal.theweatherchannel.com

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  2. neononcon
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It seems as though it already stopped working. This is sad. It was the best weather plugin out there. Thanks to you for always keeping it updated and answering questions. Please try to rework it for another provider, don't let your hard work go to waste.

  3. nishwrites
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey Matt,

    Can we buy the feed from Weather.com and continue to use this service? IS this possible? Please let me know

    T&R,
    Nishanth

  4. Enis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I agree with 'neononcon'. I hope you will rewrite the plugin so we can continue to use it.

    @nishwrites, yes you can buy and it will continue on working with the plugin (until mattbta rewrites the plugin).

  5. mattbta
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Actually, I did more investigation and they are making a push to target commercial sites with their new API and it is significantly more costly than $20/month.

    I'm not sure if it would continue to function if one were to subscribe. It is possible though as the error message I got back from the service was invalid license key.

    My difficulty here is that I've yet to find a good free alternative that supports international non US based cities.

  6. justinhilles
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can we switch it to use the free yahoo weather reports feed, seems like it has all the same stuff?

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