Last month Verizon dropped Sportsman Channel from the lineup. This month, they’ve dropped Outdoor Channel! And while Verizon is silencing the voice of American sporters, it continues to amplify the voice of Al Jazeera!
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Outdoor Lifestyle Enthusiasts React to Verizon
After Cable Provider Drops Outdoor Channel
NEW YORK (October 1, 2015) – Verizon, the cable, mobile and internet provider, has dropped Outdoor Channel from its television carriage service. Verizon’s latest action against the Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks – the world’s largest aggregator and content provider for outdoor lifestyle programming – has raised the ire of outdoor enthusiasts across the country including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
This action comes on the heels of Verizon’s recent drop of Outdoor Channel sister network Sportsman Channel in early September. More than 130 million Americans engage in some form of outdoor lifestyle activity and response to these actions does not sit well within this passionate and loyal group.
“We have more than six and a half million members who make the outdoors an important part of their lives,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We are disappointed that Verizon has chosen to take these actions against Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. Working people can’t be silenced by big corporate interests, and will stand up to fight back against this unfair move by Verizon.”
“Our partners, advocates and viewers of outdoor lifestyle programming are very disappointed with Verizon’s actions in the last month,” said Jim Liberatore, CEO and President of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks. “It should concern all Americans that one company can silence the only relevant voice of an entire industry with the flip of a switch.”
As a result of Verizon’s drop of Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, the television, phone and internet provider no longer offers any of the leading networks for outdoor enthusiasts. Consequently, the alternative Verizon is touting does not offer any similar top programming.
Check local listings or visit www.OutdoorChannel.com/ChannelFinder to find the network and providers in your area.