Customers will soon be able to purchase Verizon's FiOS TV cable service with channel packs that are relevant to their interests. The Verizon package covers base channels and two channel packs of the customer's choice, but provides no Internet service.
Verizon does not seem to offer a plan with more than two channel packs, as simply purchasing a comprehensive cable plan would be cheaper at that point. We contacted Verizon to find out exactly how many channels it will include in the base and additional channel packs.
The base package will include at least 35 channels, while the packs will include anywhere between 10 and 17 channels. While the service is not exactly picking and choosing only the channels you want, it's arguably a step in the right direction.
After all, it seems silly to make users pay for sports channels if their eyes glaze over every time a ballgame starts, or five different kids' channels if they live alone. The price, however, might raise a few eyebrows.
Vue also requires a separate Internet connection, plus a PlayStation console, to boot. There's also the question of how much money users will really save.
The big difference is that the base channel and additional channel packs will not require a contract, but it's not as though Verizon is offering them at a discount. Depending on how the channel packs perform, Verizon may offer even more granular channel options in the near future.
In the meantime, expect competitors to follow suit sooner rather than later.