In March of 2015, Verizon dumped the Weather Channel from its cable television line-up; according to Verizon, that will change next week as the weather network returns. Beginning June 24, The Weather Channel will be available to Verizon Fios TV customers on channel 611, giving customers the chance to explore the cable network’s content.
“We are happy to bring Fios TV customers another trusted resource for weather information with the addition of The Weather Channel to our Fios lineup,” said Erin McPherson, Verizon’s Head of Content Strategy, Acquisitions and Programming. “Our customers are increasingly impacted by severe weather, and The Weather Channel will be a welcomed addition for our viewers,” she added.
“For nine consecutive years, The Weather Channel has been voted ‘TV news brand of the year’ and for 37 years has provided vital information to protect and save lives 24/7,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios. “I am very proud to extend our partnership with Verizon by adding The Weather Channel to the Fios TV channel lineup, as well as the renewal of the portfolio of Entertainment Studios Television networks.”
Fios TV will begin delivering The Weather Channel signal to its customers the week of June 24 on channel 611 and via the Fios TV app later this fall. The Weather Channel will be available to all except those that only get the Local TV Package.
In 2015, Verizon told subscribers, “Verizon’s agreements to carry The Weather Channel and Weather Scan have expired, and have not been renewed. In today’s environment, customers are increasingly accessing weather information not only from their TV but from a variety of online sources and apps.”