Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:33 PM
OK, my two cents....
Will other channels ask for big increases if they increase AMC's fee? Maybe. But not many of them will be channels that have shows that win Best Drama, Best Actor, etc. When you pull a channel that provides your subscribers shows that are that high a quality, the kind of high profile shows that regularly get multipage coverage in TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly and the TV entertainment shows, that's a lot different that pulling a channel where subscribers will not be missing Jo Jo' Hair Salon reality show. These are VERY high profile, VERY high quality shows.
To compare them to NCIS is not appropriate. There's a reason a lot of people subscribe to Dish (or DirectTV) and one major reason is access to shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, True Blood (on HBO) and so on. I don't need Dish to watch NCIS or How I Met You Mother. I can watch a lot of big 4 network shows OTR or free on their websites.
I subscribe and pay over $100 per month to Dish to have access to more than just the most popular shows that the masses watch on their OTR antenna or crappy cable lineup. I pay that kind of money to have the option to watch shows that may not be the kind of crap that appeals to the masses, like Two Broke Girls or the Kardashian train wreck, but high quality stuff and yeah, some niche stuff. When I'm paying over $100 per month and get told by my provider I no longer have access to these Emmy winning shows, and that I should instead pay Amazon or someone another $60 or more to watch them on top of my hefty Dish bill, I feel ripped off. I also feel like Dish is not providing me the service that is the reason I subscribe to them.
BTW - I notice they no longer even have the info channel that tells you where AMC is.
You wanna charge me $127.75 per month instead of $127 and let me keep access to the kind of high quality programs AMC provides? Fine. You want to argue, well if we pay them an extra 20 cents per subscriber (not what they were asking but everything is a negotiation) then next thing, home shopping channel is going to ask for more, or Lifetime, fine, draw the line with them, i.e. draw the line with channels that don't provide differentiated, high quality shows.