Removing OAN and AWE is a mistake for Verizon
boo204
Enthusiast - Level 1

Are we really back to removing what we don't agree with? As an adult in life we learn to avoid things we don't like or agree with. It's like telling the child that has an issue with sharing a toy that they should just smash it as a way to solve their issues with sharing! In my opinion it would be a huge mistake for Verizon to remove OAN. When I see that you're thinking of removing AWE (also owned by Herring networks) i have to believe it's an attack on Larry Herring and that is just wrong! 

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Fallsniagara
Enthusiast - Level 1

Why should I pay for channels that have never been watched

SMS12
Enthusiast - Level 1

We all pay for channels we don't watch! I don't watch any non-English channels because I can't understand the language, CNN or MSNBC to mention a few, but I still have to pay for them!

Evgl3345
Enthusiast - Level 1

Long time verizon customer. Fed up with Verizon removing channels I watch, adding low quality content channels and keeping channels I don't watch. I want choice of channels.  Will be dropping Fios TV.

needwater
Enthusiast - Level 1

Verizon going woke . Going cancel all my personal accounts and business accounts

mjb61
Enthusiast - Level 1

Agree, phony move by Verizon, I am considering dropping them!

SMS12
Enthusiast - Level 1

I agree! If I can't watch a channel I like, and I find CNN and MSNBC offensive for their fake news reporting, cancel them also. Sound crazy? Bring back OAN and AWE and people can just not watch channels they don't like. I am also thinking about getting rid of Verizon now and going elsewhere when my contract is up. My bill keeps going higher and I am losing channels I watch all the time. Either bring them back, give me a reasonable discount every month or let me pick two channels I want that I don't have!

LAS2
Enthusiast - Level 3

Verizon, if you’re going to remove channels I watch without compensation, how about reimbursing me the cost for streaming OANN?

BrillRB
Enthusiast - Level 1

Everyone has a right to watch or not watch. That's how this should work - Fewer viewers means Verizon drops the channel period. - Free speech hurts feelings and gets folks mad at times but our individual goal should not be to try and punish the other side because their opinion is different from ours. Rather exercise our rights by not watching. 

Take a more silent approach, lower your blood pressure, and let's hope that Charma does not turn your negative thoughts back onto you for trying to punish others for what you do not like. It reflects poorly on your ability to manage you're out of control behavior and it may just save your life. 

itsGeo
Enthusiast - Level 1

This strictly about politics!  Nothing else, bring back OAN

lovesthesun
Enthusiast - Level 2

YOU ARE TOTALLY CORRECT!!!.....REMOVAL OF OAN IS JUST ANOTHER MOVEMENT TO THE LEFT OF ALL INFO AGENCIES AND CHANNELS....I AM SURPRIZED THAT VERIZON IS DOING THIS....ITS SO CLEAR IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH " NEGOTIATIONS " VERIZON HAD WITH OAN.....NEXT??? THEY WILL TRY TO REMOVE ALL THE FOX CHANNELS!!!

LAS2
Enthusiast - Level 3

Verizon has become so powerful that it can afford to lose customers they don’t agree with or care about.

Misagre
Enthusiast - Level 2

You are correct! Verizon is talking about dropping FOX News Channel t!oo! Newsmax renewed their contract with Verizon. Newsmax is middle road. I believe that is why they added Greta Van Susteran to the line up. Verizon is responding to Democrat Congressional pressure!

LAS2
Enthusiast - Level 3

Verizon was able to negotiate an agreement with Fox News and Newsmax.

But regarding OANN, this statement was released by Verizon. “… These negotiations were focused on economics, as they always are, but OAN failed to agree to fair terms," Verizon said in a statement provided to Ars last night.“ 

If Robert Herring offered both OANN and AWE for free, where is the lack of “fair terms”? It appears that Robert Herring was very generous, and Verizon was going to drop them no matter what. Verizon could clarify this if they wanted to, rather than putting out a canned statement.

AFMIII4
Enthusiast - Level 2

I called Verizon, not even a week ago, and the rep. I spoke with had no idea about the removal of OAN. She put me on hold to look into my claim. When she came back she told me she saw nothing about removing OAN from the line up.  Now today it is confirmed they don't want far right news. If they can carry CNN and MSNBC, who are minions of the left and their ratings are low and dropping, why can't they carry a conservative REAL news station. Verizon subscribers aren't just the leftists.  It is censorship!  We are not paying to be censored.  This is not a free social media site with the thought police silencing conservative thought.  We are paying Verizon to watch what we want not what they want for us. Fox and Newsmax are not comparable to the real news on OAN. 

American81010
Enthusiast - Level 1

I suspect the revenue sharing by Verizon more of an issue than Herring becoming more greedy. Look forward to hearing a statement from Herring/OAN. This definitely won't sit well for many Verizon customers.

kloozoh1
Enthusiast - Level 1

OAN's Pearson Sharp says that Verizon is capitulating to the FCC's Congressional Oversight Committee [DNC controlled] who want the cable carriers to ban ALL conservative news outlets. FCC's charter says it should assure that there's a full spectrum of views on TV but,  with the current regime, the FCC's funding is in jeopardy unless they look the other way [just like the DOJ/FBI].

On the other hand, Robert Herring [OANN CEO] may be using this contract deadline [7/30/22] as an opportunity to move to the "pay-per-view" arena [like Paramount+, Disney+, HuLu, etc.] since OANN can now be streamed live for a $5/mo. subscription.

I don't think we'll ever get a straight answer from either party.

Misagre
Enthusiast - Level 2

Last night (7/30/2022), Mr. Herring said that OAN offered Verizon to carry the Network free of charge but Verizon refused the offer. You are right, Verizon caved to Democrat (Demonrats) Congressional pressure.

GEak
Enthusiast - Level 2

Bring Back OAN.  

We do not blame you for carrying MSNBC.  All sides should be herd.  

lovesthesun
Enthusiast - Level 2

IF THAT IS TRUE...WHY ARE THEY REMOVING OAN??? WHATS NEXT....FOX NEWS??

lacticacidtrip
Specialist - Level 1

I am a news junkie. Meaning, I watch more news than is healthy for any one person to watch. I enjoy getting my news from all sources, then deciding what to think for myself. So when I saw that Verizon is thinking of making one of my regular news sources a premium channel, it’s making me rethink just how much I really need to keep paying for my junk-channel packed package. After all, I am currently paying for the Extreme package plus the non-voluntary added sports fees, plus 3 streaming services. So I decided to look through my channel line-up to see what I actually watch. I was VERY surprised with my findings.

Including SD and HD channels separately, we get just shy of 400 channels total. Of these, we watch approximately ¼ of them regularly, and 2/3 of them NEVER. So how about instead of cutting my news sources, I trade you most of my sports channels, kid’s channels, music channels, shopping channels, women’s channels, cooking channels, and Spanish-language channels, and I keep all of the news channels?

Yes, I know that for $20 less per month, Verizon can pick my channel line-up for me. But back when “Your Fios TV” was known as “a la carte” that meant picking from 7 channel packages that always excluded channels we really like, or pay more than I’m paying now to keep them. Since now they won’t even tell you which channels are included till you go to checkout, I’d wager things haven’t changed.

ma22oys
Enthusiast - Level 2

yea when my forces 2 year contract is up early 2023, I am going to the internet and the competition to get my programming and dropping Verizon. The cost is getting ridiculous and the services continue to be decreased and the censorship from Verizon is the final straw.