You may know by now that I am a big fan of cutting the cord to slash your cable bill. So when a big cable company came out with a new feature that would allow consumers to have greater control over which channels they pay for and which ones they could dump, I sat up and took notice. But apparently some other cable giants took notice as well.
A few weeks ago, Verizon took the bold step of changing how it offers TV channels over its FiOS service. Instead of paying one price for hundreds of channels you don't watch, with Custom HD you can pay a lower price for 35 core channels and then can add "genre packs" with more channels for $10 a month. Click here for the full details.
While Custom HD still doesn't give you full control of the channels you're buying, it's a big step in the right direction of competing with Netflix and other on-demand streaming options. So, naturally, someone in the cable industry has to complain.
The company complaining at the moment is ESPN. It's claiming Verizon's Custom HD breaches their contract. Fox and NBCUniversal are also feeling out that argument against Verizon's plan.
No one is quite sure what contract terms Verizon is breaking, because no one outside of Verizon and ESPN can see the contracts, but a good guess is that Verizon promised ESPN it would get a certain amount of exposure. Since ESPN isn't included in the core bundle, only the genre packs, it doesn't have a guaranteed audience anymore.
It will be interesting to see if Verizon decides to fight this or changes its core TV channel lineup. In the meantime, you could be watching sports, local news, and primetime TV free in HD for a one-time payment that's less than two months of Custom HD, or one month of regular cable. Click here to learn how you can save big with my Komando Indoor Amplified HD Antenna.