Stupid business model.
I don't really care what the channel is, the way the broadcasting business model is set up is ancient and needs to change. Customers just don't need to be involved in these arguments in any capacity. These arguments between carriers need to occur long before there is ever a chance that a customer who has already paid their subscription for said channel can be made to lose it. As far as I'm concerned the individual customer should be suing whomever they get the channel from for "breach of contract" when stupidity like this occurs.
I also don't give one rat ass about the shareholders either, they come AFTER customers. (I'm a shareholder in MANY companies as well so I say this knowing it could potentially hurt my portfolio.)