EchoStar Communications warned Monday it could drop programming from its DISH satellite network because of a contract dispute, this time over CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Headline News.
The dispute comes just over a month after EchoStar and Viacom Inc. settled a similar conflict.
EchoStar, with 9 million subscribers nationwide, said its contract with Turner Broadcasting System expired Dec. 31. The companies agreed to an extension that has kept Turner programming on the DISH network, but EchoStar spokesman Steve Caulk on Monday refused to say when that extension expires.
"If and when the (extension) agreement expires, we would then have to drop the channels in question," Caulk said. He said Turner was seeking "unreasonable rate increases."
A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Turner said negotiations are under way and the company hopes an agreement can be reached. Turner Broadcasting is part of Time Warner Inc.
On March 9, Englewood, Colo.-based EchoStar pulled the plug on Viacom programming in a dispute over fees, leaving DISH viewers nationwide without MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon and other Viacom channels.
About 2 million DISH subscribers also lost programming from CBS, which is owned by Viacom.
The two sides quickly reached a deal, restoring Viacom programming to DISH early on March 11.
----------------------- I feel bad for DISH subscribers. First they have to deal with Viacom channels being pulled for a short term now with Turner. DISH really doesn't seem to have everything in order. I can understand DISH not wanting high rates for airing the channels but if they drop Turner channels do DISH subscribers finally say enough and move to Cable or Direct TV?
(edited by y4j1981 on 13.4.04 1814) Stewie Griffin: No sprinkles! For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you!
Here in Dallas, DISH blacked out overtime of game 3 of the Stars-Avs playoff series on Monday night due to some sort of snafu or screw up. Then, their customer service reps told angry subscribers that the Stars had made them black out the OT, which obviously wasn't true. So, they had to issue a rather red faced apology about the whole thing. Oops! Definitely not good times for DISH (or, maybe we should refer to them as dish from now on).
Originally posted by Super Shane SpearIt's not really Echostar/DISH's fault that Viacom decided to kick them in the balls, and then leave the blueprints on how to do so in clear view of all the other conglomerates.
But they have to remember that as a customer, I don't have a deal with Viacom or Turner or anybody else, I only have a deal with them. It's up to Dish to deliver on its promises. And if they can't, it's up to them to make it right, by either adding additional channels or offering up partial refunds (they gave a whopping $1 back during the Viacom deal).
Of course, I say that, but I don't have a deal with Dish anymore either, its Direct TV now.
The Bored are already here. Idle hands are the devil's workshop. And no... we won't kill dolphins. But koalas are fair game.