While the dispute between Viacom and DirecTV may be over, restoring networks like MTV, Nickelodeon and CMT to DirecTV’s 20 million customers, the feud between Dish and AMC is still going strong into its second month.
On July 1, Dish dropped AMC and its sister networks (WE TV and IFC) from its lineup, leaving Dish’s 14 million customers without popular shows like “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” and my personal favorite “Ghost Whisperer” reruns.
So what’s going on with these guys?
“In 2008, AMC Networks and its then-parent company, Cablevision, sued Dish (DISH) for $2.5 billion for breaching its 2005 carriage contract with Voom HD, a suite of channels created by a Cablevision (CVC) subsidiary. The dispute centers on whether Dish violated the contract when it dropped Voom because, Dish claims, Voom didn’t spend enough money on programming. A trial is set for September 18th in the New York Supreme Court.
… Dish first threatened to drop AMC in May, a week after it lost an appeal in the Voom lawsuit. On July 1, when the AMC-Dish contract ended, Dish dropped the network.”
Only time will tell if these two can kiss and make up before customers get frustrated with the whole thing.
Are you a Dish network subscriber? What do you think of the whole thing? Let me know at 771-2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org!