The fact dish stood to lose 2.4 billion is the reason they choose to settle and pay up, not because they cared about the customers they were slowly bleeding off. They were on borrowed time and they were nearing the end of how long they can delay litigation, I guess they needed a few more years to make sure the rest of the documents were shredded up.
Your's is the only accurate and valid reply in this whole forum. Well done. Everyone else in here is trying to apply personal taste to an obvious business decision. There are MANY people watching Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead and Dish could not stand to lose those customers to a competitor without taking a serious stock hit.