Excellent points. But (to me) it seems as if that "strategy" would be "pence wise but pound foolish" in the long term. Subscribers will switch to DTV, and will be less likely to choose Dish as a new subscriber if these stations are of import. I doubt Dish will want to be know as the only providers w/o AMC. And AMC can hardly alienate DTV and the major cable providers, also. It may have been mentioned upthread that Dish was able to ascertain that only 2% of the subs viewed AMC with regularity after it was moved. But that was just for the last few episodes of MM. There may be many more viewers if one looked at this over a years worth or original programming.