For those of you hoping that AMC Networks and Dish Network would come to some sort of reasonable agreement before the start of “The Walking Dead” season 3, you may want to start looking elsewhere if you are still a customer of this satellite provider — based on new words from the channel’s COO, it doesn’t look as though there is going to be a conclusion to this dispute at any point in the immediate future.
Speaking in a new story with The Huffington Post, Ed Carroll of AMC continued to state his opinion that the battle between the two companies stems from a lawsuit filed by AMC in 2008 over the network Voom HD, and that Dish refused to even even negotiate over a new carriage fee — something that every other provider has done without a problem. Specifically when it comes to “The Walking Dead’s” return on October 14, here is what he had to say:
“Fans of ‘The Walking Dead’, if they don’t want to miss an episode, should explore other service provider options.”
All the while here, Dish has continued to argue that it sees no reason to pay a high cost for a number of networks in which its viewers do not even routine watch — most notable the WE TV and IFC networks that come as a part of the package. They also have not seemed fazed by a recent video making its rounds online mocking the situation by having zombies roaming around New York City since they are unable to be on TV.
At a certain point, the pressure is going to hit a breaking point here with both parties. AMC likely will want Dish around to help “The Walking Dead” set another cable record, and the provider runs the risk of losing even more subscribers once this show comes back on the air. There is a hearing set for next month pertaining to the 2008 lawsuit, so it’s possible we could see progress after that time.
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