What's the underlying issue in the court case? The articles mention that Dish is being spanked for destroying documents, but not what the actual case is about? Is AMC claiming that Voom didn't pay them all they were owed or something?
The parent company (Rainbow media) has several claims against Dish... mostly due to Dish dropping all the Voom channels while Rainbow said they had a contract with Dish.
I'm not sure who to side with for sure on that specific issue... but it is clear to most that followed back then that Rainbow wasn't trying to get anyone else to carry the channels that Dish was carrying... and Dish was wanting to carry a smaller package of 5-6 of the core Voom channels instead of the 12 or so, most of which didn't have a strong following.
Meanwhile, at that time, nobody else in the US carried any of the Voom channels... and only a couple were available internationally. Rainbow decided that it was "all or nothing" so Dish said "ok, nothing then"... and the lawsuit began.
Rainbow still didn't try to get anyone else to carry the channels... so Rainbow blames Dish for the failure of Voom rather than their own failure to market them. Truth be told, the Voom service itself failed (probably was ahead of its time really) and would have gone away entirely on its own IF Dish hadn't stepped in and bought one of their satellites and agreed to carry the core Voom channels at that time.
I miss some of the channels, but I'm more angry at Rainbow for not consolidating their content and trying to make a solid 5-6 channel HD package that would have been ahead of its time with nice HD content 24/7 rather than their spreading that content out over twice as many channels with too many repeats.
I frankly was surprised when we got AMC in HD a while back... thinking for sure we would never see that happen given the lawsuit. I suspect that Rainbow is trying to get more for channels like AMC now that they have some hot series, and hoping to get back some money that they squandered in the past.
But... I can live without those channels... I'll find the Walking Dead elsewhere either on iTunes or wait for the Blu-rays since I like the show enough to buy it... and maybe cross my fingers that Dish adds some good channels to fill the spots.