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Why DISH Dropping AMC May Be Good for Consumers

PRNewsFoto/DISH Network L.L.C.(NEW YORK) -- DISH Network customers who are fans of AMC’s popular television shows Mad Men and Breaking Bad may be up in arms about the satellite company’s decision to drop the cable channel, but consumers could use the opportunity to save money.

Jeff Blyskal, a senior editor with Consumer Reports, said potential DISH customers and existing customers should call the company and try to negotiate either a special deal or more add-on channels, such as six months of free HBO or another service.

“It certainly might be a bargaining chip when you’re dealing with a monthly fee,” Blyskal said.

In a Consumer Reports survey, 40 percent of customers who bargained with their cable and Internet providers received savings of up to $50 a month, such as a waiver of installation and activation fees and free premium channels.

Starting this past Saturday, DISH no longer offered AMC Networks to its subscribers after deciding not to renew its contract “due to the  channels’ high costs compared to their relatively low viewership,” according to a company statement.

Bob Toevs, a spokesman for DISH, said the company does not anticipate lowering its price as a result of no longer offering AMC.  DISH will instead provide HDNet Movies, Style and HDNet.

Toevs said DISH was the only paid television provider in 2012 that did not raise prices on base packages.

“It’s something we work very hard to minimize,” Toevs said.

DISH said AMC Networks required it to provide “low-rated channels like IFC and WE to access a few popular AMC shows.”  The satellite provider said AMC also “further devalued” its programming by making its handful of popular shows available to consumers via iTunes, Netflix and

AMC fired back by issuing a statement on Sunday, saying, "DISH claims to put its customers first yet they’ve taken away DISH viewers’ favorite scripted drama series, AMC’s The Walking Dead, which is the highest-rated scripted drama series in basic cable history, according to Nielsen Media Research."

“DISH dropped our networks not because of ratings or rates,” AMC said in the statement.  “In fact, DISH has not discussed rates with us at all.  DISH customers have lost some of their favorite shows because of an unrelated lawsuit which has nothing at all to do with our programming.”

AMC is suing Dish for $2.5 billion in damages after DISH dropped AMC’s Voom HD Networks.  The lawsuit, filed in 2008, is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 18 in New York State Supreme Court.

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Three TV Networks Sue Dish Network Over Autohop Feature

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- Three major TV networks are suing Dish Network after the release of its newest receiver.

The Hopper, which was introduced by Dish Network on May 10, automatically records all primetime shows for the four major TV networks -- ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS -- then allows you to ‘autohop’ over all commercials during the show.

Fox, NBCUniversal, and CBS have filed lawsuits saying the feature violates copyright law, and could destroy free broadcast television. So far, ABC has not filed a lawsuit and has declined to comment on the lawsuits.

Dish Network responded to the lawsuits by filing its own lawsuit on Thursday against all four major TV networks.

In a statement on its website, Dish Network explained “the suit asks for a declaratory judgment that the AutoHop feature does not infringe any copyrights that could be claimed by the major networks, and that DISH, while providing the AutoHop feature, remains in compliance with its agreements with the networks."

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DISH Network Wins Bid for Blockbuster at Bankruptcy Auction

PRNewsFoto/DISH Network L.L.C.(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- DISH Network Corporation announced Wednesday it won a bankruptcy court auction for Blockbuster, Inc., the large video rental company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.

After battling it out with other prospective buyers, DISH Network's winning bid came in at approximately $320 million.  The satellite service provider expects to pay a total of about $228 million to acquire Blockbuster after some adjustments are made at the closing, which is planned for the second quarter of quarter of 2011.

"With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network," said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of sales, marketing and programming for DISH Network.  "While Blockbuster's business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster's brand as a leader in video entertainment."

Blockbuster decided to sell the company back in February of this year when creditors could not come to an agreement about a recapitalization plan for the company.

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Cable Providers to Hike Prices as Early as February

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- TV viewers may have to pay a little more to watch their favorite shows, as cable providers across the U.S. begin to raise prices.

DirecTV customers will see a price hike of around four percent starting Feb. 10.  For customers that are a part of an introductory plan, monthly plans will remain the same, but old customers will be shelling out more money for the cable provider's various plans.  The lowest package will jump from $39.99 to $44.99.

Moreover, Time Warner customers are expected to see a seven percent increase and Cablevision will raise rates to around three percent, according to the

DISH Network prices will also hit a high with some customers paying 12 percent more beginning in February.

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