IntelliStar 2 HD
|IntelliStar 2 HD|
The IntelliStar 2's Current Conditions Screen as of February 11, 2015
The IntelliStar 2's current conditions screen, seen from 2010 to 2013.
|Manufacturer:||The Weather Channel (Internally Custom Built)|
|Software:||Internally built high-level C# / F# software|
|OS:||Windows XP Embedded Standard|
|Render Engine:||Vizrt Engine|
|Release Date:||July 2010|
|Status:||Unknown - Official data on decommission status unavailable due to no confirmed sources|
|Format:||1080i High Definition|
|Succeeded By:||IntelliStar 2 XD & IntelliStar 2 Jr.|
The IntelliStar 2 HD (Known internally as "I2 HD" or colloquially just referred to as the "I2") was the high-definition successor to the IntelliStar. Like previous iterations of the WeatherStar system, the unit is installed at each cable provider's headend. This system was the first one to output in 1080i high-definition.
In November 2015, it was rumored that IntelliStar 2 HD units would be phased out and replaced with the IntelliStar 2 XD during quarter one of 2016. As the graphics on the IntelliStar 2 HD are the same as the IntelliStar 2 XD, it is impossible to determine a final decommission date.
The IntelliStar 2 HD follows the design of the IntelliStar, as the system is custom designed and built rack-mount PC. The I2 HD runs on Windows XP Embedded Standard, and the software running the back end operation of the unit is a combination of high level software written in C# / F# by The Weather Channel. Graphical creation and rendering was created using software from Vizrt, mainly Viz Artist for design and Viz Engine for rendering. Attempts were originally made to outsource hardware creation for the unit, but was moved internal after the outsourcing company failed to produce results.
Hardware used in the IntelliStar 2 HD
- Intel Core i7-930 Processor
- CORSAIR DOMINATOR 9GB DDR3 SDRAM
- EVGA E758-A ATX Motherboard
- EVGA GTX 470 GPU
- Cooler Master 850W SilentPro Modular PSU
- In-house created Thunderstorm and Mistral cards, and the Micro-burst daughter board for digital video processing
The IntelliStar 2 HD's graphical layout for the "Local on the 8s" segments features the product that is being shown at that time (see Current Products) in a main window on the left two-thirds of the screen, with The Weather Channel and "Local on the 8s" logos above it, attached to a box showing the name of the city and the current time. Below the main window and ad crawl is a small, rundown-like list of products currently being shown and expected to be shown (up to four products are listed); this list includes a progress bar that represents the length of the segment, filling the longer a product has been displayed. Next to the list is an icon related to the product being shown in the main window (for example, a thermometer for current conditions or a radarscope for radar loops).
The Lower Display Line displays the current weather conditions and the forecast for the next five days for up to four cities in the area (including the local observation site) on the LDL; the accompanying sidebar shows additional products displayed within a "dial" at the center right, with a similar rundown list appearing below it (the rundown appearing on the top right of the sidebar is available to all providers and is not covered by the IntelliStar 2-generated sidebar). Since The Weather Channel began displaying weather data full-time on November 12, 2013, the Lower Display Line appears throughout during all programming (having been removed during commercials and long-form programming on all STARs previously; it continues to disappear entirely during local advertising breaks on many cable systems), while the sidebar is removed during commercial breaks.
|July 2010||The IntelliStar 2 HD exits beta stage and debuts its first two units in Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee.|
|August 2010||Vocal Local is activated, featuring an audio track narrated by TWC meteorologist/storm tracker Jim Cantore.|
|November 12, 2013||
|April 1, 2014||The time and temperature begins to rotate on the LDL.|
|July 24, 2014||Traffic returns to the LDL for many major cities after nearly a three-year hiatus.|
|October 21, 2014||
|November 6, 2014||National sponsors reappear on the Local Forecast segment after almost a year of absence. Unlike the original sponsors, each sponsor gets its own unique background with the sponsor logo in the lower-right corner.|
|January 10, 2015||The radar segment receives an update making the names of cities have white boxes around them.|
|April 3, 2018||
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