Dish Network to drop AMC and WeTV on June 30
Earlier this month, Dish moved AMC, IFC, and WeTV up on the dial. The shift, which relegated AMC from Channel 130 to Channel 9609 without notice, effectively buried the programming.
Dish says that AMC is demanding too much money to air its content, given low ratings on IFC and WeTV. AMC claimed that this shift was the provider's way of retaliating for an ongoing lawsuit.
"It is unfortunate that, in retaliation for an unrelated lawsuit, DISH is punishing its customers by threatening to drop the AMC Networks, and with this sudden, dramatic change in channel position, making it extremely difficult for their customers to find and watch some of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television," AMC said in a statement. "We've begun letting fans of Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, The Killing, and our other shows know that they may lose this programming, which is available on every other major satellite and cable TV provider."
We have to admit, the "Mad Men"-themed ads were pretty clever.
Dish was not amused, issuing the following statement: "It's regrettable that AMC Networks is choosing to run this ad. This is about more than just one show -- AMC Networks required us to provide, and charges DISH for, channels beyond AMC, including Sundance, IFC and WE. In aggregate, these channels do not deliver the right value to our customer base for the price AMC Networks demands."
Dish Network customers, will you switch providers after they drop AMC on Saturday night?