Verizon to Drop Chiller


Verizon is the latest major pay TV provider to decide to drop the NBC-owned horror-themed Chiller channel from all its systems, effective October 1.

The telco follows Dish, which removed the channel in February of this year, and Charter, which dropped it in late April.

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“We recognize this decision will disappoint some of our customers and we apologize for the inconvenience,” a Verizon spokesman told the TV Answer Man today. “We’re always doing our best to strike a balance between providing the best TV experience while keeping prices as low as possible, which is why we’re always adding or removing channels from the FiOS TV lineup. Unfortunately, in this case we have decided not to renew Chiller.”

The move is another blow for the Chiller channel which has now lost access to almost 36 million homes in less than eight months. (Dish has slightly less than 14 million; Charter has slightly less than 17 million; and Verizon has slightly less than 5 million.).

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In addition, Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, still does not carry Chiller, although it owns the channel. (After Verizon’s removal, DIRECTV and U-verse will be Chiller’s two biggest carriers.)

The TV Answer Man has asked NBC for a comment and will report back here when we receive one.

(Pictured above: All Cheerleaders Die, a movie that plays occasionally on the Chiller channel.)

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9 comments on “Verizon to Drop Chiller”

  1. I did not see any other news sites carrying this alleged story, so in all honesty, you made it up without even including a link to the source.

  2. Our household enjoyed the movies, cult-classics and zany originals that aired. A steady diet of weak sensationalized hauntings and boring non-“drama”tic reality shows do not represent a median dissection of the paying public viewers’ choices. Its like cattle being herded down different chutes. Which of the comparable channels that FIOS offers as luke-warm substitutes will you watch?- Destination America? Investigation Discovery? FX? or AMC? This is a schematic process of elimination for future profits. SyFY might be close – (I would hate to get attached in case it goes by the wayside like FEARNET and now CHILLER) If this is not the forum for this, I apologize. I needed to vent.

  3. What ticks me off is that Chiller killed off Fearnet which was in many ways a much better horror themed channel that showed non stop horror movies. Yet Chiller only showed horror movies on the weekend and would show endless repeats of non-horror themed garbage like worlds most dangerous videos and fear factor. This removal also comes at the time when a horror themed channel should be taking off–in october!! The channel is being mismanaged into the ground. Unfortunately now that it’s off fios i dont think horror buffs will get a replacement channel anytime soon.

  4. Just another reason to cut the cord. I enjoyed Chiller and never was notified it was being dropped. Verizon probably doesn’t like to hear customers complain! I’ll pay for Shudder on my HD TV and bypass Fios crappy decision making.

  5. Verizon sucks – take away a channel and no, there was no notification. I chatted with them tonight and they said the were going to announce it. My area it was supposed to be Oct 16th but as of today, it’s gone.

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