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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HoneysMom
Enthusiast - Level 2

I mailed a letter to

Verizon Corporate HQ, 140 West St., New York, NY 10007

On March 10th my husband and I awoke to an ugly surprise The Weather Channel is no longer part of our Fios package. I’m 61 and handicapped. I used electrical medical equipment. I need to keep apprized of the weather at all times. If a power outage is expected I need to evacuate.

My husband works outdoors, he watches the weather channel each night and again in the morning to prepare for work. It helps him plan his outfit and what gear he will need during the day. The TWC’s radar in motion helps him plan his day around the weather. On stormy days he will call home and have me check the radar.

Whether you believe in climate change or not, it is a fact that the US is having more frequent and more severe storms then in recent history. This winter had multiple snow storms on Long Island. The snow that fell in January is just starting to melt now in the middle of March. Soon we will be entering hurricane season, Long Island is still recovering from hurricane Sandy which happened in 2012. This is not the time to get rid of the premium weather channel.

As far as using a Smartphone or computer to receive weather forecasts. Many people including my husband do not have these items. If he does need to use a Smartphone for weather, we would be better off switching back to Cablevision (optimum) then we would have local wifi included. That would make going online out in the field cheaper and faster. Why is Verizon pushing customers over to Cablevision?

I want The Weather Channel back!

jzstephens
Enthusiast - Level 1

I agree, I will be looking to switch providers.

tns2
Community Leader
Community Leader

Better do some research.  Other providers have dropped TWC, usually temporarily but some permanently.  The biggest temporary drop was DirecTv which got them to cut back on reality shows before they came back.

greybeard57
Enthusiast - Level 1

Very disappointed to see that TWC was replaced by Accuweather. The new station is boring and irrelevant to local forecasting. When my subscription expires in April 16 you can be assured I will no longer be a Verizon customer if The Weather Channel is not back.

Fjordstone
Enthusiast - Level 2

Aside from agreeing about the named weather systems being stupid, I will REALLY miss The Weather Channel and Jim Cantore. AccuWeather sucks. Verizon should at least give us a discount for giving us a bargain-basement weather service!

IloveTWC
Enthusiast - Level 2

I could not agree more.   I will be cancelling my service if the Weather Channel is not restored.  AccuWeather is horrible. I do not like their app, website, or their channel. 

MARKECMD
Enthusiast - Level 1

Count me in as another customer absolutely fuming that TWC was dropped! I too will be switching to another provider (can you say Xfinity) if this is not rectified.

ike71
Contributor - Level 1

How about all Weather Channel lovers getting together and offering Veizon to pay the extra money The Weather Channel wants?

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sviscusi
Enthusiast - Level 1
How about all WeatherChannel lovers getting together and offering Veizon to pay the extra money The Weather Channel wants?
Fine, I'll pony up the extra quarter. Take it out of the $6 a month that I pay for ESPN. God knows why anyone would support removing any channel from their cable tier given the amount of money everyone pays each month. It's not as if any cable provider has ever lowered their price when they've dropped a channel.
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ErnieDinklefwat

When I want weather information immediately, I turn on WeatherScan, channel 49.  I can see radar instantly and know where the storm is headed, as long as a wide shot of the region.  I either don't have or don't have the time to consult a cell phone or a computer application.  WeatherScan includes airport information, as well -- it provides a complete service in one place that I cannot find elsewhere, online or on phone, with such convenience.

Verizon's databases can tell them how much time I spend on WeatherScan, as opposed to the other channels they offer to us, their subscribers.  Do they care to crunch those numbers or are the suits that run Verizon too focused on their bottom line?

The removal of The Weather Channel and WeatherScan make Verizon's services less important to me.  Perhaps, like others who have posted in this forum, I will take my money to someone who will give me what I can use.

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cjcook2
Enthusiast - Level 3

@ike71 wrote:

How about all Weather Channel lovers getting together and offering Veizon to pay the extra money The Weather Channel wants?


They can use the money I paid for other channels that they have since taken out of my package.

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sangs1
Specialist - Level 2

Good riddance to The Weather Channel. Nothing but nonsense "stories", Al Roker and stupidly named storms. Won't be missed in the least. Accuweather actually does weather forecasting. What a novel idea.

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Indrany
Newbie

I just started with Verizon Fios and realized they are not contracted with the Weather Channel-that would of been something to think about before I switched. The weather is the first thing I put on in the morning every day. When   Sandy hit NY and Irma hit Puerto Rico and Florida, The Weather Channel kept us up to date. I do not know much about Accuweather but it seems to repeat on a loop. Please bring The Weather Channel back.

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Thundermom
Newbie

I would NEVER have gone with FiOS if I had realized they don't carry The Weather Channel!

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Dan_Miller1
Enthusiast - Level 3

@Indrany wrote:

I just started with Verizon Fios and realized they are not contracted with the Weather Channel-that would of been something to think about before I switched. The weather is the first thing I put on in the morning every day. When   Sandy hit NY and Irma hit Puerto Rico and Florida, The Weather Channel kept us up to date. I do not know much about Accuweather but it seems to repeat on a loop. Please bring The Weather Channel back.

I had the exact same experience. But the voices of positivity here keep telling us that we have no choice but to accept it. I disagree.  But to all of us in this largest thread in the Fios Programming forum, I will say again. SPEAK UP. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. 

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tns2
Community Leader
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Speak up but not here.  Verizon really doesn't pay much attention to the boards as they are meant to be Peer to Peer.  There are only a handful of Verizon Forum Admins here.

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Dan_Miller1
Enthusiast - Level 3

@tns2 wrote:

Speak up but not here.  Verizon really doesn't pay much attention to the boards as they are meant to be Peer to Peer.  There are only a handful of Verizon Forum Admins here.


1. If not here, where? 

2. I guarantee there are more than a few VZ employees here. 

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tns2
Community Leader
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Knowing a bunch of them, I can say there aren't many Verizon employees here, except as customers.

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Chrisg750
Enthusiast - Level 2

Could really use the weather channel right about now (East coast snow storm) ... thanks Verizon =\ 

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CRobGauth
Community Leader
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Its been gone for nearly 2 years.

I doubt it will return.

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ZandorRI
Enthusiast - Level 3

Well Hurricane season is upon us and the AW channel is an utter joke.

I have family in TX that was hit recently by a F1 tornado and I had no clue until I received a text that said "We're fine, don't worry & I'll call you later" My defining moment and Breaking Straw!

During Hurricanes and Blizzards we have TWC on constantly, or at least we did.

So, a big kudos for taking away our access to watch TWC on TV. 

A channel that provides the best weather coverage. IMHO

Live and continually updated during disasters and storms.

I relied on TWC for local and distant weather forecasts.

Yes I can pull it up on my smart phone or PC, but I want to watch it when I'm cooking/eating in the kitchen, or relaxing in the Living room or bedroom. I don't want to watch it on a small screen, or laptop....get real.

My contract is up in September and with no TWC in sight of returning, neither will I.

This combined with channels being dropped and new fees being added as a way to circumvent bundled pricing is unacceptable. And again this is my opinion and conspiracy theory.

So, just how many other customers are jumping ship, IDK but I have talked with other friends/family that are also fed up & leaving when their contract ends.

End of story, I need, expect and want a weather channel that can and will provide me and my family with current accurate up to date weather nation/world wide.

We want to know when that change is happening, and if it impacts our friends/family spread across the US and abroad.

It would just be nice to know that we could flick on the tube and see what's happening at home and abroad.

NE weather changes....well like the old saying....if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes it will change.

I have already started to receive VZ retention offers, but unless TWC is back, that's nothing more then mute.

I loved my FIOS, but my family and I need the weather to be accurate, and we believe that TWC is the only option.

I really wish they would listen to their subscribers, but I believe the bottom line is "as mentioned various times earlier in this extremly long message thread" money money money.