Stewart, do you not understand the difference between a show being canceled as opposed to a show that has come to its final Season. Were "Mash" or "Cheers" "canceled"? Cancellation of a show happens when the ratings are poor, which is clearly not the case for "Breaking Bad" since its Season 5 premiere set ratings records for the show, which is available on Cable and Satellite, but not DISH Network.
Do you not understand that regardless of the reason... if the show isn't on anymore, then you can't watch it. So... everyone who goes and switches providers and makes a 2 year commitment, then a year from now none of these shows you switched to watch are still on... how good of a decision will that be in hindsight?
And before you say "that can't happen"... consider what has already been said and what shows we know already won't be back beyond next year.
Again, that situation occurs when a show struggles in the ratings, not the case here, despite your aversion to AMC shows.
Who said I had an aversion to AMC shows? IF you read my posts... I acknowledge that they have several good shows, whether I watch them or not... and I do watch Walking Dead. I just can't justify AMC's value based on about a handful of programming... and apparently AMC doesn't value their programming either, given the disputes they keep having with the various showrunners of these programs.
Generally, canceled means the network doesn't want it anymore, for any reason, although its usually ratings or costs. Sometimes it has good ratings, but it's still not justifiable due to the costs of the show to produce. Mad men almost got canceled not because of ratings, but because of money, that does happen. Ending a show instead of canceling is usually a result of the producers and creative team deciding they have no stories left or desire to keep telling stories for that show, so they let the network know they are not going to renew, even if they are offered to keep it going by the network. Often times thats a mutual decision as well. I believe house is one prime recent example of that.
Exactly. Breaking Bad increased its ratings... and yet it will be gone. Was it canceled due to low ratings? No... but the fact remains that it will not be on after next year's half season.
And Mad Men, as popular as it is... AMC was fine not having it in production or airing for an entire year while arguing over more product placement, shorter episodes to air more commercials, and less episodes per season... all things that seem odd when simultaneously arguing how good the show is and how popular it is... then wanting to muck with it AND take it off the air a year while arguing with the producers about such things.