Verizon says FiOS customers losing Weather Channel as weather apps, websites get more popular

Features Associated Press

Verizon is dropping The Weather Channel from its FiOS TV service, saying more and more customers are getting their weather information on phone apps and online.

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Verizon says the channel's contract ran out and was not renewed for its 5.6 million customers.

But it's still offering weather channels on TV. On Tuesday it launched the new AccuWeather Network on one channel and its mobile app and has a WeatherBug "widget" on another channel.

The Weather Channel says it's disappointed that it was pulled while negotiating a contract renewal. It says Verizon doesn't want to negotiate further.

But this doesn't necessarily mean the end for the channel. It says it has recently renewed agreements with Cox and Time Warner Cable, two of the country's biggest cable providers.