Originally Posted by Hormoz
I'll take you up on it. I think Frontier would indeed be "insane" should they decide to drop Fios TV service. For one thing, aren't they simply rebranding Verizon's offering? More to their bottom line point, a good number of their current subscribers will simply jump ship without having to pay the ETF.
Okay, let's have some fun with this, putting our money where our mouths are (or in this case where our keystrokes are).
I bet you $20 that, on or before December 31, 2011, Frontier says something like: "we can't make any money on FiOS TV. We will no longer offer it to new subscribers, and we will discontinue it for existing subscribers by (some date not too far later)."
You win the bet even if Frontier continues FiOS TV only as a forced part of a bundle. My prediction is they'll make an announcement discontinuing it entirely. Their longer term strategy will be to simply resell DirecTV.
BTW, I re-upped for two years just a month ago, and hope Frontier keeps the Fios TV going.
I hope you're right. I think it's a very good sign that they let you re-up just a month ago. If they're reselling DirecTV, maybe it's no big deal for them to also continue reselling FiOS TV (with all the heavy lifting being done by Verizon).
Perhaps Frontier's strategy will be to effectively force bundles on people by charging so much for just TV that people will realistically be forced to take a "double bundle" or "triple bundle". I will be willing to continue my service with them if they keep bundle prices reasonable, and as long it's FiOS TV, not DirecTV, and as long as the Internet doesn't degrade any further.
The linked document didn't say anything about bundle prices.