I can't believe Dish Network may do this to there customers twice in one year!

  1. I can't believe Dish Network may put there customers through this again...
    I am glad now that I switched back to cable...


    Deadline looms for EchoStar, Turner networks contract
    By Michael McCarthy, USA TODAY

    Consumers could get caught in the middle of another power struggle between cable and satellite TV companies and the TV programmers that supply their content. The hitch: escalating costs for TV fare.
    Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System is coming down to the wire in its negotiations with EchoStar Communications, operator of the Dish satellite TV network, over a new contract.

    Parents may be hearing soon "Where's my Cartoon Network"?
    Cartoon Network

    If the two can't hammer out an agreement, EchoStar could yank CNN, CNNfn, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Boomerang and the Turner South sports network from Dish's 9.5 million customers in 50 states.

    The dispute could also spread to Turner's popular TBS Superstation and TNT networks, which are covered under separate agreements. Turner's previous pact with EchoStar expired Dec. 31, and the two have been working with monthly extensions while they negotiate.

    EchoStar's combative CEO, Charlie Ergen, pulled the plug on Viacom's MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon channels, as well as CBS in some markets, during a 48-hour standoff last month. The nation's No. 2 satellite TV provider says it will have to do the same thing if it can't come to an agreement with Turner.

    "We have to have a valid contract with a programmer in order to carry their programming," says EchoStar spokesman Steve Caulk.

    "As long as we have an extension, we're OK. But if the extension expires, and we either don't have a new contract or an extension of the extension, then we're forced to take them off."

    Turner spokeswoman Shirley Powell says: "We remain hopeful that EchoStar will continue to make Turner's industry-leading networks available to its Dish network customers."

    Consumers generally blame cable and satellite operators, rather than programmers, when their favorite channels go dark, says John Mansell, senior analyst for media analysis company Kagan Research. Thousands of Dish customers protested when they lost popular Viacom shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon.

    The key question is how Dish customers will react if they were to lose, among other things, CNN's coverage of the war in Iraq and the upcoming presidential election.

    "Can you imagine another 9/11 happening-and not having CNN?" asks Mansell.

    There are more fights to come.

    DirecTV, the nation's No. 1 satellite service now controlled by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is warning programmers it will only swallow monthly price increases per subscribers that are equal to the price of inflation, or around 1%
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If they lose Cartoon Network, they'll lose a lot of customers. Surely they wouldn't blow it like that.
  4. by   jusjan67
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    If they lose Cartoon Network, they'll lose a lot of customers. Surely they wouldn't blow it like that.
    from what I heard, they lost tons of customers when they did this a month or so ago....I can't believe they would risk this again!
  5. by   Sheri257
    I switched from Dish to DirectTV. The programming, among other options, is much better, IMHO.

  6. by   J Lynn
    I've been a Dish Network customer for 4 years and I still have the Dish 300 system b/c they want to charge me $100 to upgrade to Dish 500 when everyone around me who were NEW customers got the Dish 500 for free.

    Anyway, I'm thinking of switching to Direct TV b/c they offer new customers three receivers, and a TiVo for, like, $99, I think.

    Anybody out there like Direct TV?
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    like i said in a prior thread, i have had DirectTV for 5 years and NO disappointments yet.
  8. by   ?burntout
    That is just great....
    We have Dish Network...before we moved we had Direct TV and I liked it.
    I was so :angryfire last month when we lost Nick at Night for 2 days....

    I keep telling DH we need to switch...GGGRRRRRR :angryfire