The Weather Channel is beloved by many Americans, and the quarterly charts of 2020 are here to prove it. Located on the 58th place out of over 1000 US TV channels, TWC brings Americans across the states with hourly, daily, and weekly weather updates. If weather is important for your line of work, or you just like to keep in touch with the weather situation across the United States, their customizable streaming app will be perfect for you.
The application for Firestick and other Fire TV devices is available under the same name in the Appstore and is quite easy to set up. Keep on reading to get a full rundown of The Weather Channel app and learn how to install it on your streaming device in a few quick steps.
Top Features of The Weather Channel App on Firestick
Much like the other pay-TV channels in North America, the streaming app follows the TV Everywhere intuitive interface. You will be able to quickly scroll through the app sorted into three straightforward menus: Live, My Weather, and Settings.
With the TWC app, you can watch a 1080p live stream of the TV channel with the same name at any hour of the day. You can access it by visiting the Live tab on the app’s home screen. On top of that, here you can access recent on-site weather reports from the most well-known US meteorologists, such as Jim Cantore, Kelly Cass, Stephanie Abrams, Alex Wilson, Mike Bettes, Reynolds Wolf, and Tevis Wooten.
While watching the live channel is important to get an overview of the current weather in the whole 50 states, we particularly enjoy the My Weather section of the app. Here is where TWC is stepping up its game, offering you a detailed report on the weather locally, including weekly updates, wind direction and speed, and a radar view of your area.
If you have a special event coming up and you need to know what the weather is like on a particular day, you can easily select it from this menu. This will open up a new page with hourly weather estimates so that you know exactly what to expect. Do not worry; if there are any severe weather alerts in your area, the app will give you a heads up to stay inside.
In order to get access to the My Weather feature, you will need to set up your Location in the last menu available, Settings. You can either type in your city or zip code, and the app will let you select your location. In the same menu, you will see the option to turn on and off CC (closed captioning). We like that subtitles are available for people that need them, but you can easily turn them off here if they feel distracting.
Overall, we find that The Weather Channel application is easy to navigate and has all the necessary features for a helpful weather assistant. All you need to get access to this streaming platform is a US TV subscription and your Firestick device.
In case you do not already have a TV subscription and you are not interested in getting one, stick around to the end for a few great streaming alternatives that include TWC.
Firestick Installation Guide for The Weather Channel
The good news is that the TWC app is available on the official Amazon Appstore, so it will be quite easy to download and install. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- On your home screen, look in the upper left corner for the Search button represented by a magnifying glass;
- Highlight the Search bar and either type in The Weather Channel or use your Alexa with the voice search the app;
- From the search suggestions that appear on screen, you will want to click on the one that says exactly The Weather Channel;
- The Firestick platform will redirect you to a page with search results. Under the category Apps & Games, select the logo.
- After the app’s page opens up for extra details, you can click on Get to download and install it.
If you want to set up the app right now, you can click on the Open button that appears after TWC is installed. At a later date, you will easily find The Weather Channels and all the other apps you have installed on your Firestick by accessing Your Apps & Channels from your home screen. The menu will provide you with a complete list that you can edit for easy access in the future.
There is also a remote shortcut that you can use to access the same list. Press the Home button to open a new menu on your screen. Select the Apps sub-menu to scroll through all of your apps and find The Weather Channel.
How to Log Into The Weather Channel App on your Firestick
As we previously mentioned, you need an active TV subscription in the United States to activate this TV Everywhere app. If you do not have one, the TWC app for Firestick will only show you a 10-minute preview of the TV channel and then cut the stream. If you are not a big fan of cable, just move on to the next section of the article to check out other available solutions to streaming The Weather Channel.
That being said, let’s get into how to activate your TWC app on Firestick. We recommend you get a device with a browser as well, such as your smartphone or a computer.
- Open The Weather Channel from your Apps & Channels menu on the home screen;
- Slide over to the Settings menu and look for the Sign In button. The application will give you an activation code that you need to insert on your second device;
- On your phone or computer, go to weathergroup.com/activate-device to choose your TV provider to introduce the activation code;
- After selecting your provider, the website will ask for your code. Type it in and click on the Activate button;
- The Weather Group website will send you to your TV provider’s website, where you need to log in with your account credentials. By following the steps on the screen, you will complete the device activation, and the app will automatically log you in as well.
Alternatives to Streaming The Weather Channel on Firestick
Some of you might have bought a Firestick device to completely detach from a cable subscription. This, however, does not mean you cannot still watch TV through your streaming platform.
The Weather Channel is available on a variety of apps so that you can find an alternative to the TV Everywhere platform. However, you need to keep in mind that because these services include hundreds of other channels, the subscription can end up on the pricey side.
AT&T TV Now
This streaming app is available on Fire TV devices, and it offers a variety of packages that include TWC:
- Choice – Includes over 85 TV channels and is priced at $110 per month;
- XTRA – Offers you over 105 TV channels and costs $124 per month;
- Ultimate – With this subscription plan, you can stream over 125 channels, which round up to $135 per month;
- Premier – The most expensive package in their roster, Premier provides you with access to over 140 TV channels at the total price of $183 per month.
While DVRing might not be particularly useful for The Weather Channel, this is an important feature for streaming live content. AT&T TV Now offers you 500 hours of cloud storage for all of your favorite shows. On top of that, you can watch TWC at the same time as two other channels. We recommend checking out their website for additional information.
A less pricey option is the FuboTV streaming app, which offers two packages that include The Weather Channel: Family and Ultra. With the first plan, you get access to TWC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, as well as 50 hours of cloud storage for DVR. The Family plan will cost you $64.99 per month.
You can pay an extra $20 per month to get access to a larger selection of channels. Regardless of which plan you choose, the FuboTV streaming platform allows you to watch up to three channels at once.
Last but not least, you can look into the FrndlyTV packages that are much cheaper but include a limited number of TV channels. If your only interest is to watch TWC, then the basic $5.99 per month plan will work perfectly for you.
With this app, you will get access to another 14 channels like Game Show Network, UPtv, PixL, and Hallmark. If you liked the idea of watching multiple channels at the same time and DVRing TV shows, then you can look into their Premium package that sells for $9.99 per month.
All in all, The Weather Channel is a valuable resource for any American, and their streaming app makes it easy to check the weather locally as well. The user-friendly interface and detailed weather reports make it a must-have for your Firestick streaming device.
Today, we walked you through the installation process, as well as showed you how to activate your account in just a few minutes.
If you cannot activate the TWC app but still want full access to the live stream, you can try out other subscriptions such as AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, and FrndlyTV.