Whether you like them for their top-notch meteorologists or Jim Cantore’s exuberant thunder snow celebrations, The Weather Channel has carved out a niche in America as the station of record for everything weather. But people who rely on Verizon for their cable won’t be getting the channel any longer, according to an email sent to customers this morning.
In an email to subscribers, Verizon said that customers have trended toward using mobile apps and online sources for their weather coverage.
Dear Valued Verizon Customer,
Verizon’s agreements to carry The Weather Channel and Weather Scan have expired, and have not been renewed. In today’s environment, customers are increasingly accessing weather information not only from their TV but from a variety of online sources and apps. Verizon is therefore pleased to launch the new AccuWeather Network, which will be available on FiOS® TV on channel 119/619 (HD) and on our free FiOS Mobile App starting March 10, 2015. Verizon will also provide the FiOS TV WeatherBug “widget” application, which features hyper-local weather, on FiOS TV channel 49. WeatherBug can also be launched by pressing the “widget” button on the FiOS TV remote.
Your Verizon Team
Needless to say, customers weren’t happy.
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) March 10, 2015
FIOS got rid of The Weather Channel and replaced it with a widget. It’s like replacing NBATV with Clown Basketball Network #thanks Verizon
— Pete S (@GSPexit114) March 10, 2015
— Shane Phillips (@ShaneRantSports) March 10, 2015
— Tyler Tomasino (@TylerTomasino) March 10, 2015
And though he’s hardly an unbiased source, Cantore wasn’t a fan of the move either.
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) March 10, 2015
Although Verizon’s move could be seen as a negotiating tactic, similar to what DirecTV went through with the channel last year, but a Verizon rep told Syracuse.com that the company “is going in a different direction.”
Verizon does have a point about a plethora of weather sources being available, I’ll admit that when the first major storm hit Boston back in January, I turned on The Weather Channel for the first time in years. Much of the channel’s programming has been sensationalized — especially on Weather.com — and they play way too much reality programming for my taste. But when it comes to major weather events, The Weather Channel is still a trusted name.