For several weeks, Dish TV has been locked in a pitched battle with the owners of AMC that has kept the network off the air for Dish subscribers.
Both sides are trying to portray the other as greedy. Though locally shot “The Walking Dead” is still three months to air, the network dressed up a few folks as zombies to roam the streets of New York City, scaring a lot of people in the process. The last zombie is shown dragging a Dish TV satellite around:
According to Fortune, this dispute goes deeper:
The move is a ploy to gain leverage over AMC in a $2.5 billion breach of contract lawsuit — heading to trial this fall — that Dish is unlikely to win.
The two companies have waged a legal war for over four years. In 2008, AMC Networks and its then-parent company, Cablevision, sued Dish (DISH) for $2.5 billion for breaching its 2005 carriage contract with Voom HD, a suite of channels created by a Cablevision (CVC) subsidiary. The dispute centers on whether Dish violated the contract when it dropped Voom because, Dish claims, Voom didn’t spend enough money on programming. A trial is set for September 18th in the New York Supreme Court.
The timing of Dish’s decision to drop AMC seems retaliatory. Dish first threatened to drop AMC in May, a week after it lost an appeal in the Voom lawsuit.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk