Cable television companies are in a fight for their lives. Much like every other form of content publishing and delivery in the 21st century, cable television providers are are teetering on the brink of irrelevancy as the Internet proves to become the One True Cable. The question these linear programming providers should be asking themselves is: “How do we best serve our customers? What services can we provide that Internet cannot?” Apparently Verizon’s answer is to cancel unique, niche programming you don’t often see online.
Verizon has announced that they will stop broadcasting FUNimation Channel "on, or after March 15." This move comes mere months after the news Verizon will be scaling back Fios fiber optic network expansion in lieu of building out it’s wireless business.
The FUNimation Channel has been one of the few TV channels we actually use here at the GUO homestead. The Mrs. has called it her source of Saturday morning cartoons. While there are a number of great online destinations for getting anime streaming online, very few offer the English dubbed versions of the shows like FUNimation Channel did. At a time when we have already spent a great deal of thought discussing the possibility of ‘cutting the cord’, this announcement may very well prove to be the final straw. When one third of your programming is canceled, that bill is pretty hard to justify.