Emergency alerts coming to streaming services?

It’s the new trend people are getting rid of their cable and replacing it with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But by doing that, they're missing out on emergency messages.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 5:16 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 5:17 PM

It’s the new trend people are getting rid of their cable and replacing it with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

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But by doing that, they're missing out on emergency messages.

It is pretty much habit among many people.

You grab that coveted snack and find your favorite movie or TV show, not on cable but a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu.

"I use those more than anything because they have got TV shows and movies on those. I really don't need cable if I’ve got Netflix or something like that," said Corey Nelms, an ETSU student.

Corey Nelms is a student at ETSU he says cable is pretty much a thing the past, but what about those special alert message warning people about inclement weather, missing children or other emergencies.

State representative John Holsclaw says the streaming services should carry those alerts too.

"With the technology we have today these warning systems, we can get that information out to the people in time to take shelter or be informed to do certain actions, we need to incorporate that into those streaming services so they are still informed like they used to be with the local networks," Holsclaw said.

While Tennessee state representative John Holsclaw says he's still researching this possibility.

He thinks it’s necessary since so many people are "cutting the cable cord" and choosing to go with streaming services.

"They are watching movies without commercials and those kind of stuff so we need to look at way to incorporate these streaming warnings because it’s imperative that we keep the people safe and informed," Holsclaw said.

Nelms agrees, saying emergency alerts would be a good thing for streaming media.

"Just in case somebody may not have a cell phone or something like that, they could be watching television or something like that and an emergency pop up. I think it is important for somebody to know if it’s an amber alert or an emergency weather alert," Nelms said.

"I think it is a good idea, for me I would prefer that it comes on my phone directly," Kingsley Fasesi, an ETSU student.

U.S. Republican Congressman Phil Roe says while he hasn't given much thought to the topic, there is a need for these alerts on streaming services.

"People use these services and I have a Netflix account and it is certainly another way to inform people. For instance, you are saying an amber alert, tornado alert, flooding or snow storm or whatever," Roe said.

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