/// We Can Work It Out: DISH Network Not Spoiling to Fight Disney

February 21, 2013  |  Media Week

While the expiration of their carriage deal with ABC and ESPN is looming on the horizon, DISH Network executives said they aren’t spoiling for a fight with Walt Disney Co. Speaking to investors at DISH Net’s fourth quarter earnings call, CEO Joseph Clayton confirmed that the current carriage deal with Disney is drawing to a close—time runs out on the eight-year pact in September—before adding that he doesn't anticipate that ongoing litigation between the two companies would present undue complications. “Yes, we do have a renewal with Disney. We are a big customer of Disney’s. I would not expect them to take [their signals] down with the AutoHop as the reason,” Clayton said, referring to DISH’s controversial ad-obliterating DVR feature . “That being said, anything can happen. But normally, greed prevails.” DISH is embroiled in two legal actions against Disney. The first dispute, which includes the parent companies of CBS, NBC and Fox, is a bid to establish that the AutoHop feature is not in violation of U.S. copyright law. Opening arguments in the second case, a $152 million beef with ESPN having to do with the network’s alleged breach of the terms of its affiliate agreement, began last week in U.S

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