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Fox, NBC join ESPN protest over Verizon's 'skinny' bundle

Fox, NBC join ESPN protest over Verizon's 'skinny' bundle

A high-stakes battle is shaping up over "skinny" packages of pay-TV channels. This week, Verizon rolled out a new offering for its FiOS television service that allows customers to select smaller, customized packages of TV channels at lower price points than a typical pay-TV package. Customers can subscribe to Verizon's basic TV package that starts at $54.99 a month. It includes local broadcast stations, Food Network, HGTV, CNN and AMC. Subscribers then can opt for niche programming clusters called "channel packs." For example, Verizon offers a sports pack with ESPN, NBC Sports channel and the national Fox Sports 1 network.  There is a children's...

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