The Weather Channel
popo79941
Enthusiast - Level 2

I hate AccuWeather.......how come customers did not have a choice or a vote to keep The Weather Channel???? AccuWeather stinks, there are no REAL stories nor do the show any weather people out in the field......this is the worst, I watch the weather channel everyday. I might just think about changing my service to someone who has The Weather Channel!!! I hate this.....ugh !

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Minnelli
Enthusiast - Level 1

This is completely ridiculous. As a shareholder and life-time customer this is unthinkable. I just resigned a 2 year deal with Verizon and now they pull this. Add The Weather Channel back. Restart negotiations. Pay whatever it takes. This is a critical channel to have in the lineup. I hate Comcast but I will switch to them unless we get the channel back and yes you will eat the penalties. 

Superman0115
Enthusiast - Level 1

I feel for all the subscribers currently under contract. Verizon has been after me for months to renew my subscriptions. I'm currently going month to month. I'm looking at my options to move from another carrier. Good luck everyone. Bye to Verizon.

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olivercat
Enthusiast - Level 1

As retirees, cable TV is a luxury.   Taking away something as vital as The Weather Channel makes it useless.  I was upset last summer when they started dropping channels such as Clue without notice, but this one is ludicrous.

We can go to dish and just watch local weather if we're not getting this back.   We counted on TWC to keep us up to date on storms around the country.    Accuweather is a joke, the Weatherbug is full of glitches and can only be gotten on one of our sets.   (All of the widgets are a joke, but this one is downright terrible.)

I want to keep my phone and internet, but I'll be switching to Comcast or Direct TV if I decide to keep cable.  I checked with customer service and can keep the phone/internet bundle without an early termination fee.

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joker211
Contributor - Level 1

olivercat

Just currios if you do that.  Won't you lose the 3 bundle and then be paying much more?  So you be punishing yourself and not Fios

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Deltau
Enthusiast - Level 1

This (Weather Channel) may be the only live information programming that is unbiased or without a particular political agenda. The "Accuweather" programming is superficial and a watered-down interpretation of taxpayer paid for National Weather Service information. Surprising that Verizon would compromise its technical stature by transmitting such low quality audio and video. Recommend that the executive team get focussed on generating profit via valuable content rather than by cutting quality and cost!

wanda13
Enthusiast - Level 1

are you serious?  I'm a outdoors man by trade, meaning i make a living working outside.  I use the weather channel daily and plan my work upon the weather.  If its raining in the Richmond area, i can go to the tidewater area to work and vise versa.  Now this crap that verizon has on wont allow me to effectively plan my work load, causing an effect of decreased pay causing me not to be able to pay verizon over 200.00 per month for cable.  I've never been a fan of direct TV, but if they still carry the weather channel i might be forced to switched.  Very disappointed in verizon, they did not even send a notice that it was ending.  truly verizon does not care.....      

Forecastdude1
Enthusiast - Level 2

It's amazing to me that we sign a contract with Verizon for a programming tier and pay a botload of money for all the stations in that tier.  Verizon can drop the Weather Channel and be in breach of contract IMO but a customer can't drop service without paying the contract penalty.  It seems contracts are one sided and only benefit Verizon.  

Lack of hotspots vs cable alliance, core channels being dropped (Weather Channel), less free on-demand content that Xfinity, no cloud based DVR or immediate plans to implement one.  Lets see how much money we can get out of existing customers and not update or pay content providers anymore.

Seems like we pay more each 2 year term and get less in return.  So tired of the phone "tree" and getting employess who read from a script or worse yet on-line chat is horrible in resolving problems.  I thought Xfinity was bad but Fios has become just as bad or worse and is NOT keepng up wtih what the competition is offering.  

Bye Bye Fios unless things change within the next 18 months and you have some deals for long time customers rather than an upsell every 2 years and then drop key core channels.  Why don't you try dropping the NFL or Baseball networks and see what kind of comments you get?  Sad but it's all about revenue for Verizon and the heck with caring about customers!

cjcook2
Enthusiast - Level 3

BRING BACK THE WEATHER CHANNEL!!!!!  (AND WEATHERSCAN)

I am angry and disappointed that Verizon would drop the absolute best  channel for weather reporting, forcasting, and keeping people informed about severe weather/storms. Accuweather is nothing but a poor imitation of the very early TWC from the 1980's.

Verizon should post a credit to every customer for this month's bill, and reduce all future bills until TWC is restored. We are PAYING for TWC, but NOT GETTING TWC.

There are other ways to cut costs other than dropping an essential service like TWC. (Verizon - contact me if you seriously want to hear a few suggestions from a customer - you have my contact info without me having to put it in a public place). And yes, TWC has become an essential service. They are the only ones with the expertise, know-how, and equipment to report LIVE from any weather situation.

Seatiger
Enthusiast - Level 1

Bring back the weather channel

CRobGauth
Community Leader
Community Leader

Intersting article:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-11/accuweather-s-new-24-hour-tv-channel-just-has-the-...

One takeaway:

Reports that TWC ratings have dropped 20%. This means less people are watching. Yet they probably wanted as much or more money than the previous contract.

gs0b
Community Leader
Community Leader

@CRobGauth wrote:
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Reports that TWC ratings have dropped 20%. This means less people are watching. Yet they probably wanted as much or more money than the previous contract.


I never watched TWC as it has become reality TV central and not a useful weather resource for me.  I find their web site and app much more useful.  That, and I find local weather web sites and the National Weather Service very good, if not better.

I suppose we won't hear too much from folks like me who don't care about TWC going away, but I'm guessing there are a lot more of us than the people who watched it.

That's why I suggest the best way for TWC fans to express their displeasure with Verizon is to switch TV providers.  That is perhaps the only message that will get through to Verizon management.

Enjoy.

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cbrowndc
Enthusiast - Level 2

Please consider those of us who do not have ready and constant access to the internet or apps.  There are some of us who rely on the television and specifically The Weather Channel to get updates on the local and national level.

PPM2
Enthusiast - Level 2

I don't have a cell phone, so I relied on the Weather Channel every time a big storm was approaching (we had a lot of blizzards this winter.)

avemaria92
Contributor - Level 1

@cbrowndc wrote:

Please consider those of us who do not have ready and constant access to the internet or apps.  There are some of us who rely on the television and specifically The Weather Channel to get updates on the local and national level.


I really don't think we have to justify why we watch the network.. they're giving us a service we pay for.. we only have to say that 'we want it'.. that's it..  and if they want to accept many of us as acceptable losses.. well so be it..  we have other options..

Customer2357
Newbie
Glad it's gone sick of all the non weather content and junk they play. Also no local weather in HD is ridiculous. AccuWeather is great, no nonsense weather. Please keep,it this way and pass on the savings to your customers.....
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uncle2000mike
Enthusiast - Level 3

You must be kidding. Accuweather has no local forecast unless you want to wait 15 minutes. The weather channel had the forecast on the bottom of the screen. I could live without the local on the 8's on the HD channel even though I want it also. That is a small price to pay to keep the weather channel. Verizon will not lower our rates no matter what you think.

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packyderm1
Enthusiast - Level 1

While I have mostly stopped watching the Weather Channel because of it's non-weather programming and overhyping every little winter cold front with some stupid storm name, Accuweather seems to be a pretty poor replacement.

If the Verizon's reasoning can be believed, they say that the weather information on the Weather Channel can easily be replaced by other sources.  It's the Accuweather format that they switched to that can be most easily replaced.  At least with the Weather Channel, you could get some live looks at weather around the country and maybe even some explanation about the science behind the weather, which you don't get in an app on your phone.  All the Accuweather channel seems to do is just have people read the graphics that are already on the screen... "High of 55, low of 34", which is exactly the information that is easily accesed via other sources. Accuweather's format also seems to be just a bunch of disjointed, pre-recorded clips.  And as much as they tell us that Accuweather is hyper-local, all I seem to see most of the time in the way over-sized graphics around the video is forcasts for other cities that I couldn't care less about.

I think what I will miss the most is the Weatherscan.  It was convenient to be able to quickly pop over to channel 49 and get a view of the local radar to see what was going on, or about to.  Now there's nothing there and the weather bug app is a poor replacement.

While the Weather Channel has gone downhill and I don't watch it nearly as much as I used to, it's still better than Accuweather's channel.  Weather Nation would have been a better replacement.

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hallrk
Contributor - Level 2

I have to agree with most in saying Accu Weather is awful. I watched some yeaseterday just to give it a try. Not well done at all. Although the weather girl that was on at that time had nice big...................

The weather widget isn't good either. It takes too long to load up and does not give you very good information. I just sort of lucked up and found the radar. I tried to find it agian this morning without any luck. This is no replacement at all for Weatherscan. Weatherscan was what I watched the most. It was very helpful in helping guide me through the week in weather. Good local forecast that was informative and yet concise. Also a good radar that showed the movement of pecipitation through your area.  I really hadn't watched the Weather Channel on 619 very much. They had drifted into the reality show world and wasn't what they used to be. But Weather Scan was a part of them and I really am going to miss that. In the end not a good decision by Verizon to pull this channel. I suspect it will lead to others to jump ship when their contracts are up like mine is in June. 

Redhorse121
Enthusiast - Level 2

There's about 499 posts at this point.  Not one that I have read is positive, not one!! 

I AGREE WITH ALL OF THEM.  To remove TWC was such a poor decision.  Who in their "executive" offices made that choice?  I wonder?  It was made for purely financial reasons I am sure.  The contract expired and they didn't want to pay more.  So they just blew it off and put some generic crap in it's place.  BUT, we are paying the same monthly services aren't we, of course we are.

I am outraged!!

Hey Verizon, wake up!  Listen to your costomers!!!

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limousineone
Newbie
I will drop Verizon if the Weather Channel is not brought back online.
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AJWhite
Enthusiast - Level 1

Dropping the Weather Channel is unacceptable.  We just got through (I hope) a terrible winter in D.C. I woke up every day to the Weather Channel to see what the disruptions in my schedule would be.  I have a beach house. There is no substitute for the Weather Channel for hurricane coverage.  During hurricane season, nothing competes with the Weather Channel.  I now must dis-entangle myself from Verizon.  In the meantime, I am discouraging everyone I know from signing on with Verizon Fios.  Big mistake to have done so.