The Weather Channel is planning to make a big push this fall, thanks to a deal with the Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities.
The network has already acquired a few more state colleges, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University Of Massachusetts Ambridge, but it now plans to add a handful more, including Collin College, one of the top-ranked public colleges in the state.
The news comes just a day after the network also acquired the state’s top public high school, St. Joseph’s College, and added three other schools, including Southwestern Community College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The deal includes two-hour local television coverage on stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston, WBZ-TV and WFVB-Channel 5 in Boston and WBZ in Springfield, and three-day, three-hour, seven-day streaming access to WCVB.
The channel also plans to offer a 30-day trial of its app on phones, tablets and computers.
In addition, the network is offering a 10-day free trial of WeatherTV Premium, which offers full coverage on-demand, including forecast, weather and traffic information for the entire state, as well as access to a live stream of the entire event from an Android or iOS device.
Collin students, alumni and the community are expected to be among the first to get access to the new channel.