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.
But you're playing the "I want my channel, screw you and your channel" game that most people play.
You like AMC and want them to stay... and would be happy if Dish cuts Lifetime... but back when Dish did drop Lifetime a few years ago people then were complaining about that and back then probably AMC would have been a channel they would have said to cut instead.
Which is why these mini-battles are important. Dish fights all of them... otherwise they couldn't fight any of them. Today it is AMC, yesterday it was FOX, a few years ago it was Lifetime. Who will be next?
Disney is still in limbo too... Dish plays hardball with everyone, but especially so when the ratings and average viewership are below other channels that didn't ask for a rate increase.
You say cut Lifetime if they ask for money... but people watch Lifetime too.
That's why I think people like me are giving the only unbiased/consistent positions. I like Walking Dead, and I will miss it IF Dish hasn't resolved this by October... so I do have skin in this game, unlike Lifetime which I had no skin in... but I take the same position with AMC that I did with Lifetime. I'm glad Dish is trying to keep the costs down.
I know Dish isn't my buddy and doesn't "pass the savings" to me... but I also know every time a channel goes up, that directly translates to the next price increase from Dish.
And given how AMC seems to be running things and treating its own people and handling its own popular shows... I can't in good faith take their side even if I will miss some of their programming if the channel goes and stays dark.
But you know... I'll find other things to watch if AMC goes away... and I'll be buying the Blu-rays of Walking Dead anyway so eventually I won't miss things.
Oh... and speaking of how AMC loves its fans... I'm personally still a bit unhappy that they released season 1 of the Walking Dead twice... the second time with a bunch of extra features (including a black & white version of the pilot) that they already had but chose to hold back from the initial Blu-ray release.
So, AMC will take the chance to squeeze its customers when they can... I have to believe they are trying to squeeze Dish right now too.