Television networks, cable outlets, and local stations stalked Hurricane Ike over the weekend using an array of technical devices from the time it threatened to produce havoc in the Gulf coast to its weakening as a tropical storm late Saturday. Satellite provider DirecTV added KHOU in Houston to its list of free channels. The station had dropped its regular programming to devote its full (and commercial-free) attention to Hurricane Ike. One reporter for the Weather Channel, apparently trying to mimic Dan Rather's famous hurricane coverage was seen being thrust onto a residential fence by the hurricane force. Rather himself, who currently provides special reports for HDNet, was nowhere in sight.