Perhaps if the channels that "people are asking for" would accept a reasonable offer for carriage they would be on more systems. Then the providers would not have to choose between 10 channels and 1 when spending their programming dollars. Programmers that offer extremely low prices or offer programming with more than a niche following are more likely to see their programming added. The channels are older established channels added at a time when other options didn't exist. As established channels they have a good bargaining position when it comes to package placement. Those channels could easily say "if our core channels are not in your English package you can't carry us at all" and not having those channels in the Spanish packages would gut the packages. They are also popular channels ... perhaps not in your home, but they do get viewership and having them available makes DISH's packages better. The only reason why BBC World News and FEARnet are "high demand" is because they are not carried. The popularity of the channel has to go beyond a few people "demanding" the channel on the Internet. When there are more people actually watching the channels you're targeting for removal than asking for the new channels the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.