I have a small interest in the EAS and thought I would post a topic asking some questions. If you have Cable or Sattelite (or any other TV service besides antenna) do they have an EAS system? If so what does it look like and what do they activate it for?
We recently switched TV service from Cox Cable to AT&T U-Verse. With Cox it was a plain black screen with white text stating what was going on, with voice heard. They activated it for Tests, Amber Alerts, Tornado Warnings and I assume would for national emergencies. Thats it.
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With AT&T U-Verse, theirs is a small banner across the bottom of the screen with a EAS Tone heard, and you can dismiss the alert by pressing the Exit button on your remote. I think this it pretty useful becasue during a Tornado Warning, I would rather listen to the weather people on a local news station than the EAS.
AT&T Activates the EAS for:
(as far as I know) Just about everything including watches!!
Since we have had their service (about a week) it has been activated for a weekly test and a Tornado Watch!! Never seen an EAS activated for a Watch but theirs did. I don't care though since Im a EAS fan.
But I'm just curious to see what other cable provider's EAS looks like and what they activate it for.