5:55 pm - 10/21/2012

Dish Network Settles Suit With AMC

Dish Network Corp. settled a long-running lawsuit with AMC Networks in a deal that will return AMC's channels to Dish's satellite lineup after nearly four months, the companies said.

As part of the settlement, Dish will pay $700 million in cash to AMC and its sibling company, Cablevision Systems Corp. Included in the total is $80 million for Dish to purchase wireless-spectrum licenses from Cablevision, the companies said.

In the suit, which dates back four years, AMC's Voom unit had sued Echostar Communications Corp., now known as Dish, for breach of contract over Voom's now-defunct suite of high-definition TV channels. Voom claimed damages of $2.5 billion.

That legal dispute was complicated when Dish dropped AMC's channels from its satellite TV lineup at the end of June, citing the high programming cost of the channels relative to their low viewership. AMC said at the time that the blackout was related to the Voom lawsuit.

Dish will resume carrying AMC channel, which airs such popular shows as "The Walking Dead," effective Sunday. The satellite operator will resume carriage of AMC's other channels, Sundance Channel, IFC and WE tv, on Nov. 1. Dish is also adding back the Fuse music channel, owned by another AMC sibling company, Madison Square Garden Co. which has been off Dish's service since 2010. The companies said Dish had entered into a long-term distribution agreement for the channels.

The deal "delivers a fair value for both parties," said Dave Shull, Dish senior vice president of programming, in a statement. AMC Chief Executive Josh Sapan said in a statement, "We are glad to partner again with Dish."

Speculation that settlement talks were under way emerged late last week after the judge hearing the case adjourned trial proceedings shortly before Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen was due to testify. Proceedings in New York State Supreme Court were set to resume Monday.

Both companies had reason to resolve the programming dispute. Dish has 14 million subscribers, about 13% of AMC's potential audience, so the blackout was depriving AMC of a sizeable chunk of its possible audience at a time when "The Walking Dead" was drawing big audiences. The second episode of the latest season of that drama was due to air Sunday night.

Dish, meanwhile, was under pressure from subscribers to restore the AMC channel. Its Facebook page was flooded with complaints from customers unhappy that AMC wasn't available.

Dish had also been on the defensive in the trial, coming under criticism from the judge, Richard B. Lowe III, who said at one point that the company had "no credibility when it comes to document exchange and turning everything over." Ten days ago the judge granted AMC the right to hire a forensic team to examine Dish's computer hard drives for any deleted draft copies regarding a 2007 audit Dish undertook of the Voom channels.

In proceedings in November 2010, the judge had ruled that the satellite provider systematically destroyed emails relevant to the case within a reasonable period of expecting that the dispute would go to court.


blah blah blah, bring on breaking bad!
cricketgrl 21st-Oct-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
I thought Breaking Bad ended? Is it coming back for another season?????
autoscopy 21st-Oct-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
the second half of the 5th (last?) season comes out in the spring.
hershelwalker 21st-Oct-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
autoscopy 21st-Oct-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
my roommate and i carved pumpkins last night. he did one of heisenberg and when i asked for ideas he said i should do one of jesse. so i carved the word bitch.

i wanted to make it

but i couldn't made the coma work
juunanagou18 21st-Oct-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm going to miss how much shade WEtv would throw at Dish in their commercials.
nicenicegirl 21st-Oct-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
you know that this is just going to happen to Time Warner in a few months too.
evangelion 21st-Oct-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
i'm going to miss the shade

isthisdesire 22nd-Oct-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
they threw some hilarious as hell shade towards DISH. I'm gonna miss it too.
whooker 21st-Oct-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)



idiftl 21st-Oct-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)

/dish customer
sideshowkat 21st-Oct-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised to see that Cablevision was involved? Bleh.

Speaking of them, they pulled the CW off the air over the summer because of a dispute, and I'm surprised there hasn't been more of an outcry from the fans of their terrible shows.
hollymarchosias 21st-Oct-2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Well, there are butthurt Chuckistans that think Cablevision is hurting Gossip Girl's ratings, but that's it.
hotguy8604 21st-Oct-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
GOOD I work for DISH now everyone can stfu about this

groundbeeftaco 21st-Oct-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
A+ gif!

What do you do for dish?
hotguy8604 21st-Oct-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)

I work for a team called Dr. Dish, I do troubleshooting for all of the really hard technical issues as well as broadband issues.
bluelibra1 22nd-Oct-2012 12:57 am (UTC)
i'm sorry bb....lol I worked for Dish for 2.5 years up until February. Worst. Company. Ever.
hotguy8604 22nd-Oct-2012 01:06 am (UTC)
what did u do for dish? We were rated worst company to work for in america lol.
bluelibra1 22nd-Oct-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Hahaha i saw that! it's so true though. I worked on the operations team in the ad sales department. we dealt with contracts with agencies, scheduling the commercials that would go on air, etc.

Do you work at the corporate HQ? that's where I was and it was so ridic with badge reports and stuff. I DO NOT MISS IT!! haha I left Colorado and haven't looked back. :)
hotguy8604 22nd-Oct-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
No I work in the Hilliard Center. I was just in Denver a few weeks ago for a meeting though, that was the first time I had been to corporate, it was nice but you can't smoke a damn cig unless u walk off the property wtf. Sorry to hear you don't like it lol, I heard the badge swiping at corp is insane.
bluelibra1 22nd-Oct-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Hahaha yeah, i lived super close to the office and would go home for lunch sometimes and it was funny seeing all of the people waaaay down the road smoking.

The badge reporting was seriously insane. if you were 1 minute past 9:00 you would get a call from HR. at least you don't have to deal with that stuff haha.

How did you like Denver? I do miss it at times, it's beautiful out there but I'm much happier back in PA lol
hotguy8604 22nd-Oct-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
I liked Denver it was really nice.

I can't believe HR was so crazy!! That is really funny and so dish. Where do you work now?
bluelibra1 22nd-Oct-2012 02:18 am (UTC)
I decided to get out of television all together. I work in Project Management for Clinical Trials now. I love it. Very different but i'm enjoing it.
hotguy8604 22nd-Oct-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Awww that's great, will I'm glad you are happier now! Thanks for sharing about Dish, it is always funny to hear crazy Dish stories.
bluelibra1 22nd-Oct-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
haha you too! It wasn't all bad for me, I did get some great experience and I had some amazing co-workers for sure. We still keep in touch which is pretty great :) I hope you're happy in your branch!
weasleyswit 21st-Oct-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Man, I was loving the Dish shade during the commercial breaks between TWD.
hollymarchosias 21st-Oct-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
I hope they carry out the WEtv shade until November. I live for it when I watch Braxton shows on it.
verystefunny 22nd-Oct-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
finally i have a reason to turn on my tv again.
nightfury 22nd-Oct-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
$700 million in cash

smoore23 22nd-Oct-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
good. now I just need to watch the first portion of season 5. I was soooo pissed that I didn't get to watch it live.
pamuya 22nd-Oct-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
can this be our the walking dead discussion if we dont get one
goldenlockets 22nd-Oct-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
yes!!! now i can catch up on breaking bad episodes and the walking dead with dish online. so much easier than finding a good stream.
famineaffair 22nd-Oct-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
god, hearing "NOT AVAILABLE ON DISH" every second was so irritating
like okay, we obviously don't have dish, so shut the fuck up
lreservoirldogs 23rd-Oct-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Good, the commercials were getting annoying.

Dish Network sucks anyway. It goes out all the time.
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