Dish, AMC Settle Long-Standing Feud
Dish Customers to Get AMC Channels Back
Dish and Cablevision-sibling AMC Networks have finally settled their long-running financial feud with a deal that should result in Dish customers finally getting AMC channels back in their cable lineup. The two companies have been legally battling ever since Dish dropped the Voom HD channel suddenly back in 2008
, resulting in then-Cablevision owned Voom filing suit against Dish. The feud bubbled over this year during one of the uglier retransmission fee fights we've seen
, resulting in Dish customers losing access to AMC channels. The two sides today announced they've settled their fight
, with Dish paying out $700 million to Cablevision and AMC:
Under the deal, Dish will pay a cash settlement of $700 million to Cablevision and AMC, according to a statement from Cablevision. Some $80 million of that cash settlement would be intended for the purchase of Cablevision's wireless spectrum licenses in 45 cities in the United States. Dish said that covers a population of 150 million in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Cablevision had been exploring the option of using the Multichannel Video Data Distribution Service (MVDDS) spectrum for a wireless broadband option. Through a subsidiary they recently started offering a product they called OMGFast, which delivers 50 Mbps downstream for $30 a month in Florida
. The spectrum portion of the arrangement seems to suggest Cablevision won't be expanding this idea into additional territories.
Re: Your Bill will be going up... News is kinda late eh?
Dish is just going to sit on the spectrum like they have been doing on their many other licenses.
Re: Your Bill will be going up... I'll agree with you, however, the other networks aren't really any better. FX has American Horror Story... ABC has 1 show ( 666 Park Avenue) that I care about. NBC has Revolution and Grimm that I watch. CBS has NCIS. Fox has Bones and a couple more Fringe episodes left before that series is gone. Maybe some Sunday Shows ( American Dad, et cetera). CW has Arrow and Supernatural ( Maybe Vampire Diaries, but I don't watch that one). TNT has Falling Skies. Syfy doesn't play much sci-fi anymore, they show "wrassling". USA plays White Collar. AMC has 4 shows a year that I'm excited about; the other major networks have at most two shows that I care about watching each year. Fox comes closest to number of shows because of their Sunday night cartoons, but that's not really "quality television". So, TV just kinda sucks. AMC is doing alright if you compare them to the other networks. The big three (NBC, ABC, CBS) have been terrible for a pretty long time and these other networks are stepping up and providing interesting shows. AMC is surely one of the hotter channels these days and it is good that Dish can now offer this to their customers and be competitive ( I know some people who cancelled because of this).
While AMC no longer exclusively plays American Movie Classics, at least they haven't gone the way of MTV ( Music Television), who doesn't seem to play music or videos anymore,
I'm not sure, as that channels is out of my favorites list and doesn't show up anymore...
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Re: Your Bill will be going up... Listen to some of you old fogies...
I agree the commercials during movies, and the censorship is bad, however if you want to watch movies only people in retirement homes watch then watch tcm, a channel most people who are not near retirement age do not watch. I don't watch much of anything on amc anymore due to those reasons, but they allow cursing, even partial nudity in their original series even if I only watch one of those series. When it comes to the movies, somebody else already censored them more than likely so they likely don't have any control of the source, some being so repressed to even censor religious blasphemy, but you have the helicopter parents who blame them for what they show during the day instead of monitoring their own children when they can get far worse on the internet in a few clicks. The kind who can't figure out how to use a v-chip.
They have a thing called ratings, and commercials to pay for the shows they make. If you like Mad Men they you have to realize it takes a ton of money to make that show, and you also have to realize Mad Men is meant for an older audience looking to the older days, however it's just one of their shows.
Welcome to the generation gap, realize when you are no longer the target audience, and move on please. It's not like you're actually watching those shows on mtv are you? I'm not either, but another generation is.
So if they kept the commercials out of the movies, and didn't censor them while only showing commercials during their shows I would be fine with this. They are not a premium network, but I do think they are trying to make too many shows, then when the ratings are not there to support the advertising space they simply get dumped.
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