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March 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Verizon's FiOS TV service has dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with the just-launched AccuWeather Network, seeking to cut programming costs, Verizon said on Tuesday. "This was a decision to opt-out and not carry the Weather Channel," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. In late 2013 and early 2014, DirecTV temporarily dropped the Weather Channel in a carriage dispute over the channel's costs and programming. DirecTV said the channel had abandoned some of its core weather programs that were popular with subscribers for reality shows to boost TV ratings.
NEWS
February 5, 2009
CITY COUNCIL has a prime opportunity to provide Philadelphians with the long-sought and well-deserved ability to choose another cable TV provider - one with a proven record of solid performance and service. And Verizon is eager for prompt Council action so we can begin to offer Philadelphians a superior choice for their cable service. And choice is good. Residents will be able to change providers that offer subpar service. Choice will lead to better value as competitors fight for customers through pricing and special offers.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon Communications Inc. is boosting Internet speeds in its FiOS service tiers and will double the fastest download speed to 300 megabits a second. The fastest upload jumps to 65 megabits a second from 35 megabits. Bandwidth-hogging video and the proliferation of home devices is driving Internet consumption, the company said. The faster speeds — which take effect in June — allow the FiOS network to move data more quickly. The average home now has seven Internet-connected devices using a wired or WiFi Internet connection and by 2015 the average home is projected to have between nine and 15 Internet-connected devices.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
With sports-channel costs soaring, Verizon Communication Inc.'s FiOS TV service says it will surcharge almost five million customers $2.42 a month for regional sports networks and this week launched its first non-sports cable-TV package. FiOS Select HD costs $49.99 a month versus $64.99 for a FiOS package with ESPN and other sports channels. DirecTV, the nation's second-largest pay-TV operator after Comcast Corp., also is implementing sports-related surcharges. The actions come amid a national debate over sports entertainment, which is now estimated to account for half the programming costs in the typical cable- and satellite-TV bill.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez and Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia residents could see a pay-TV slugfest. Verizon Communications Inc. has quietly negotiated a deal with city officials to offer FiOS in Philadelphia, a market dominated by cable giant Comcast Corp., which is headquartered in Center City. In a surprise move, City Councilman Darrell Clarke introduced a bill yesterday to award a 15-year cable franchise to Verizon. He offered it on behalf of Mayor Nutter, who took office in January and appears to have fast-tracked the talks.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Gus Gadonas saw the Verizon lineman stringing fiber-optic FiOS wires through his neighborhood in East Pikeland Township, Chester County. He ordered the new FiOS high-speed Internet service right away. Last year, Verizon Communications Inc. ran a special $100 rebate for customers who added FiOS TV. Gadonas leaped at that offer, too. The Internet was super-fast, he said, and the TV service was an alternative to Comcast. "The only complaint is that I don't think their on-demand product is up to snuff with Comcast," said Gadonas.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon Communications Inc. has launched FiOS TV and Internet in three neighborhoods in the city - Chestnut Hill, South Philadelphia and North Philadelphia, near Girard College. Elizabeth "Jane" Kilduff, in Chestnut Hill, is one of the company's first new customers. She signed up for Verizon's "triple play" at a promotional price of $79 a month for six months and $109 for the next 18 months. She estimates she will save $4,000 in the two years when compared with her previous service with Comcast for cable TV and Verizon for phone and Internet service.
NEWS
January 23, 2009 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon won an important City Council committee vote yesterday - with full Council approval likely - in its bid to compete with Comcast for customers in Philadelphia. Full approval, which could come in two weeks, means that most Philadelphians will eventually have an option besides Comcast, the cable giant with about 1.8 million subscribers in the city, the Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey, and northern Delaware. The Committee on Public Property and Public Works yesterday recommended approval of a 15-year franchise agreement that would allow Verizon to build a citywide $1 billion fiber-optic network within seven years.
NEWS
January 18, 2012
Just in time for the Australian Open, Verizon's FiOS TV service says it reached an agreement with the Tennis Channel. The 24-hour channel had been blacked out since early September while Verizon and Tennis Channel negotiated terms. The Tennis Channel is available to FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the the Ultimate HD and premiums sports packages.    - Bob Fernandez  
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