One of the problems with cable television is the fact that you’re paying a lot of money for channels that you might not want. Not everyone wants ESPN. Not everyone wants SyFy or E! on their dials. Some people have very specific television tastes and needs, and for those people, there’s not a ton of choice. Cable networks have a vested interest in bundling, so rather than getting a sports-only package, ESPN has to come bundled alongside a lot of other ABC/Disney channels. Verizon is looking to shake up that status quo with a bunch of new FiOS ‘skinny’ television packages.
The new offering is called FiOS Custom TV, and it sounds pretty awesome. First of all, there’s no required commitment, so the two year contract is only for those that want to lock in slightly lower rates or who know they’re in it for the long haul. After 30 days, you can drop any package you don’t want without fees. The basic cost is $55 for the base package, which comes with two of seven other packages: sports, sports plus, kids, pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, and news & info. Other additional packages are $10 a month. For those looking for TV and Internet together, it’s $75 a month (before taxes and fees) for a 2-year commitment.
“This is an entirely new way to personalize TV,” said Tami Erwin, president of Verizon’s Consumer and Mass Business group, in a statement.Technorati Tags: cable, cable television, fios, fios custom tv, Home Theater, small cable channel packages, tami erwin, television, Verizon, verizon fios, verizon has smaller cable bundles