AMC has an entire site devoted to the whole debacle with Dish Network and as part of said site they remind viewers that they are missing out on some great hit shows if they are Dish Network subscribers including Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Kendra on Top and Braxton Family Values. Lets be honest for a quick second AMC has some great shows but does anybody really give a crap that they can no longer see a reality show based around Hugh Hefners former girlfriend Kendra? Or the Braxton Family?
Dish Network decided not to renew the contract with AMC which means that subscribers can no longer watch Breaking Bad, Mad Men or the smash hit The Walking Dead which is the highest rated scripted drama on Dish Network…. at least it was before Dish Network dumped them.
According to AMC Dish Network dropped them in retaliation for a subsidiary of AMC sueing Dish Network for breach of contract. A subsidiary of AMC is sueing AMC for $2.5billion and within days of a judge denying pre-trial appeals AMC says Dish Network retaliates by dropping them.
Dish Networks outlook on things is quite different from AMC”s. According to Dish Network they notified AMC Networks earlier in the year of its decision not to renew its contract due to AMC’s high costs compared to their relatively low viewership.
“A significant portion of any pay-TV bill goes to fees for content providers like AMC Networks,” said Shull. “AMC Networks requires us to carry low-rated channels like IFC and WE to access a few popular AMC shows. The math is simple: it’s not a good value for our customers.”
According to Dish Network AMC Networks has further devalued its programming by making its handful of popular shows available to consumers via iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.com.
“One of AMC’s biggest historical draws has been movies. However, their performance has been trumped by other DISH movie offerings, including the many thousands of titles available on Blockbuster @Home and from top-quality providers such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, EPIX, MGM HD, IndiePlex, and RetroPlex,” Shull said.
AMC is not taking it lieing down and has started a website www.KeepAMCNetworks.com where they are helping Dish Network customers drop Dishnetwork for other providers who still offer Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. They even have a catchy phone number 1-888-2-drop-dish. My question to all of you is will you drop Dish to keep AMC?