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Cable vs. Content: Dish Network removes AMC channels from lineup

Radford C. Jul 3, 2012 0

AMC, the network responsible for producing shows such as Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Mad Men has been exiled from Dish Network’s channel lineup after months of dispute between the network and the cable-satellite provider. AMC’s network which included channels AMC, WE TV and IFC Films were dropped this past Saturday.

DISH Network said they are no longer offering AMC Networks to its subscribers after deciding not to renew its contract “due to the channels’ high costs compared to their relatively low viewership,” according to a company statement.

Bob Toevs, a spokesman for DISH, said the company does not anticipate lowering its price as a result of no longer offering AMC. DISH will instead provide HDNet Movies, Style and HDNet.

Starting this past Saturday, DISH no longer offered AMC Networks to its subscribers after deciding not to renew its contract “due to the channels’ high costs compared to their relatively low viewership,” according to a company statement. DISH will instead provide HDNet Movies, Style and HDNet.

Fans of shows such as The Walking Dead can be seen on iTunes or Amazon.com at a price-per-episode basis. However, those episodes are often hours or days after its televised debut. Additionally, AMC has created KeepAMCnetworks.com to break down the reasons why DISH customers are not getting their shows and other ways to watch AMC content, options which includes changing providers.

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DISH said AMC Networks required it to provide “low-rated channels like IFC and WE to access a few popular AMC shows.” The satellite provider said AMC also “further devalued” its programming by making its handful of popular shows available to consumers via iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.com.

AMC fired back by issuing a statement on Sunday, saying, “DISH claims to put its customers first yet they’ve taken away DISH viewers’ favorite scripted drama series, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’,” which is the highest-rated scripted drama series in basic cable history, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“DISH dropped our networks not because of ratings or rates,” AMC said in the statement. “In fact, DISH has not discussed rates with us at all. DISH customers have lost some of their favorite shows because of an unrelated lawsuit which has nothing at all to do with our programming.”

AMC is suing Dish for $2.5 billion in damages after DISH dropped AMC’s Voom HD Networks. The lawsuit, filed in 2008, is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 18 in New York State Supreme Court.

Via »PC Mag