Err, AMC is a popular channel. It is in the Top 20, around 15/16 in viewership.
Popularity is relative. Someone would be in the top 20 even if the numbers across the board were horrible! So... that statement alone means nothing.
I've done the math. Even at their highest ratings, less than 10% of the people who pay to have AMC as a channel watched their highest rated program ever. The ratings drop sharply when not on that night... so virtually all of the AMC customers could bail and Dish wouldn't notice but a blip in their subscribers.
I would say the deluge of negative comments on Dish's Facebook page would indicate otherwise, with comments coming in about every 30 seconds since Sunday from angry customers, most of whom are saying that they have called Dish to threaten dropping them if they drop Dish.
Even on a forum like this... we have some 50,000+ members (I haven't checked in a while) and look how few are actually posting here.
Dish has 14 million customers... for those of you watching Facebook, how many of those 14 million customers have posted about AMC? Even if there are a lot of Facebook posts, how many are from unique Dish customers? Heck, I'm willing to bet some of the negative comments are pot-stirrers who aren't even Dish subscribers.
I wouldn't take anything on, or about that place seriously.
I'd say Dish has a greater chance of being around in 10 years than FB.
Off-topic for this thread, but I have to say I agree with you there. Facebook has more serious problems looming than Dish does.
I agree that Dish has probably done it's homework. But seeing as how they moved the AMC channels to the 9xxx area in the manner they did, I wonder how rational they are in dealing with AMC?
As I've said... I get the message Dish is hoping to send to AMC, but they are sending it at the expense of Dish customers. While I think the number of complaints will be low relative to the 14 million Dish subscribers... those customers who do complain are just as valid as anyone else, and Dish is throwing those customers under the bus too.