From what I could find out from web searches, The Tennis Channel wants to increase its penetration by moving from sports tiers to digital basic, which for Verizon means moving it from Ultimate HD to Extreme HD. Multichannel News reports that negotiations resumed with Verizon today (Sunday).
This is the first time I can remember a channel being removed due to a carriage dispute since I got FiOS in May 2009. I feel pretty confident that they'll get a new deal done though. I got an e-mail from Verizon this morning letting me know about TTC being "temporarily" unavailable.
I hope this is only temporary. It seems to be more than a "coincidence" that this happened right in the middle of the US Open!
If Verizon doesn't fix this, then I will leave them. I watch tennis all the time, so this is a HUGE problem with my continued use of Verizon.
I cannot believe Verizon Mgmt would choose this weekend of all weekends to try to renegotiate their contract with the tennis channel! It is the primary reason we switched to Fios in the first place. Biggest tennis weekend of the year and we have no coverage we all pay for!!! You are going to lose a million customers over this stupidity! We are calling AT and T first thing Tuesday.
I am with all the others who are EXTREMELY disappointed not only in the disruption of service of TTC but the timing as well. Customer service, in general, has dropped off everywhere and I am tired of it. I pay a lot for TV service each month and this is a channel that should be included. They are purposefully playing games because this is prime time for TTC with the US Open. Verizon better bring it back by the end of the day tomorrow (when CBS's day-time coverage concludes) or I will likely look into getting Cox or DirecTV.
I am severely disappointed in Verizon. How ridiculous to cut the tennis channel in the middle of the USOPEN. I am about to quite FIOS because your "ultimate hd" channel line up does not include the best tennis or the best soccer in HD. I'm sure I'm not the only one either.
i am upset about the tennis channel situation too. The only reason i picked FIOS when i moved here was because it was offered on their line up. I can not afford to upgrade to the higher package its listed under now. I currently have the extreme package, but i see tennis listed under the 90 dollar a month package.
I sent COMCAST a message asking how much tennis channel is on their line up.
The timing of the expiration was no mistake, but set by Tennis Channel as a way to put more pressure on providers to renew during US Open coverage. At least there are reports that Verizon is negotiating. Cablevision refuses to even talk to the channel at this point.