Ok this isn't news we all know that "tightwad Charlie" won't pony up the dough to George "I'll charge more than anyone else and not only will you pay for it but you'll like it" Steinbrenner. With these two coming from such opposite ends of the spectrum you'd think there's never any chance that YES will ever land on Dish. And to be honest i'm only using YES as an example here probably because it's the most extreme, it could be any channel that Dish doesn't carry. Since it doesn't seem likely to be any agreement on price in a case like this why not do it this way: Dish carries YES but as an a la carte channel? This way those who really want this channel could get it and pay George's price for it and the rest of Dish's customers wouldn't be footing the bill of higher subscription costs so that George can get all those extra bucks to make sure he can pay his team at least double or more than any other. This could also work for other channels who want "in". Say you want Dish to carry your channel, well make an agreement that says you'll be willing to start as an a la carte channel and once your subscription rate hits a certain level you get included in the top 180, if you get even more you get to move up to the top 120 and so forth. I know it's a crazy idea, but hey sometimes those work best!