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Al Jazeera vs. One America News

Al Jazeera vs. One America News

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Contributor jbarryp
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I'm a news junkie, especially now as we enter the presidential primary/election season.  I watch all national news channels but have no desire, need or interest in Al Jezeera.  One American News is available but I have to change programming (and therefore pay extra) to get it.  This makes no sense.  

 

I am requesting that everyone petition Verizon to make Al Jezeera an optional extra charge choice and provide One America News in a standard package.  In short swap them.  

 

I'm an American - born and bred, a veteran, a deeply patriotic, flag-waving American with no need, intertest or desire to have middle-eastern, muslim controled news programs broadcasted into my home.  If I need to know something about anything that area of the world is doing or what they think, I'll get it from CNN, MSNBC, FOX or One America News. 

 

Verizon, in a day when you advertise programming the channels we want to watch, I ask that you do the right thing.

 

Oo-rah!

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@jbarryp wrote:

I'm a news junkie, especially now as we enter the presidential primary/election season.  I watch all national news channels but have no desire, need or interest in Al Jezeera.  One American News is available but I have to change programming (and therefore pay extra) to get it.  This makes no sense.  

 

I am requesting that everyone petition Verizon to make Al Jezeera an optional extra charge choice and provide One America News in a standard package.  In short swap them.  

 

I'm an American - born and bred, a veteran, a deeply patriotic, flag-waving American with no need, intertest or desire to have middle-eastern, muslim controled news programs broadcasted into my home.  If I need to know something about anything that area of the world is doing or what they think, I'll get it from CNN, MSNBC, FOX or One America News. 

 

Verizon, in a day when you advertise programming the channels we want to watch, I ask that you do the right thing.

 

Oo-rah!


If you don't like the channel then simply don't watch it.

What channels are carried in the channel packages aren't necessarily just a pick and choose on Verizon's part. There are contracts with the network providers which determine where they go.

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Thanks but I can't agree.  I believe Verizon is large enough, economically powerful enough and certainly can be politically influencial enough to replace One America News with Al Jazeera without fear of violating some packaging contract. And, simply not to watch this programming does not provide the solution of providing an American News outlet in place of Al Jazeera.  Or, how about giving subscribers the choice?  Verizon's current advertising even touts the customer's ability to select and pay for the stations they want.  So subtract this one and add the other.

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@jbarryp wrote:

Thanks but I can't agree.  I believe Verizon is large enough, economically powerful enough and certainly can be politically influencial enough to replace One America News with Al Jazeera without fear of violating some packaging contract. And, simply not to watch this programming does not provide the solution of providing an American News outlet in place of Al Jazeera.  Or, how about giving subscribers the choice?  Verizon's current advertising even touts the customer's ability to select and pay for the stations they want.  So subtract this one and add the other.


So what you are saying is they can just ignore a contract that they have with a provider because they feel like it?

That doesn't make any sense.

They are already in deep heat from ESPN and another network for not carrying sports channels in their basic channel package which is now custom hd.....which ESPN is saying was in their contract to do so.

They do have contracts with other providers which force them to carry channels in certain tiers and not in others. Going against it will trigger lawsuits and channels being dropped. I don't think they want to do that. Cost to carry the channels per subscriber also plays a factor with what goes where. 

The new custom hd package doesn't allow one to pick and choose channels, just channel packs. A la carte is still a ways away and won't exactly be cost effective.

If one wants a channel that isn't offered in the channel pack then upgrading to a non custom one that has it is the only way for now.

Do I think they should offer better news programming in the news and info pack in custom hd? of course, but they are going to do whatever they do for whatever reasons be it contracts, pricing, etc..

 

If you really want to get your word through though and you have every right to do so, I'd write a letter to the CEO of Verizon if you can find the mailing address. Unless it lands in the right hands, it won't go anywhere. Since these are peer to peer forums nothing would ever come from it here and changing channel packs won't do anything either so going to the right desk would be the thing to do in my opinion. It still may never go anywhere, but at least it would go somewhere rather then nowhere.

 

 

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I need to add one more thing.

Verizon sold off CA, FL and TX to Frontier so Verizon will only be in the northeast at some point in 2016.

Those who are going to Frontier I'm sure will see channel shifts and well as price changes. What they will be is yet TBD.

 

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