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March 10, 2015

Verizon drops Weather Channel

Cable provider cites media environment as reason

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Verizon is dropping the Weather Channel in favor of AccuWeather.

Verizon has announced that it is dropping the Weather Channel, which will no longer be available for Verizon FiOS customers. Verizon said customers’ needs had evolved beyond what the channel could offer.

“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 said in a statement. Instead of the Weather Channel, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather Network will be featured, along with a free mobile app.

The company that owns the Weather Channel said it was “disappointed” with Verizon's decision.

“Without warning late yesterday, March 9, Verizon FiOS dropped the Weather Channel from their lineup while our companies continued to be in active conversations regarding a contract renewal,” said a statement from the Weather Company, which owns the Weather Channel. “During a winter with record-breaking storms and severe weather, the Weather Channel responded with non-stop live coverage, including the ongoing presence of our crews reporting live from hard-hit communities. This coverage resulted in the Weather Channel being the only major cable network to grow in February.”

The Weather Company said it had reached agreement with other providers, including Time Warner Cable.

AccuWeather did not immediately respond to a request for comment.