/// The Cable Fee Fight Takes Another Turn, As Dish Networks Uses iTunes, Netflix and Amazon As Weapons

May 7, 2012  |  All Things Digital


The basic contours of the TV programmer vs pay TV provider fight are basic and unchanging: The programmer tries to get more money for their stuff, the pay TV provider says that’s too much, and the two sides chest-bump for a while. Eventually they settle, and you, the pay TV customer, ends up paying more. And that’s what’s happening in the latest dust-up between Dish Networks , the satellite TV service, and AMC Networks , the programmers now best known as the guys who bring you “Mad Men”, “Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad”. The slight twist here: For argument’s sake, at least, Dish is arguing that because AMC is selling digital versions of those shows to other outlets its hit shows are worth less to Dish subscribers. “It’s actually devalued,” says Dish chairman Charlie Eergen. The fact that networks are selling or giving away their stuff online has been a minor but growing issue in carriage fights for a while now. But this is biggest stink that a cable/pay TV provider has about it, at least in public.* Dish first brought this up via a press statement last week, but  Ergen went on about it length today during the Dish earnings call. It’s worth reading.

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The Cable Fee Fight Takes Another Turn, As Dish Networks Uses iTunes, Netflix and Amazon As Weapons


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