I think somebody mentioned up-thread that since so few people watch the AMC shows in question, it actually works out cheaper for Dish to issue the credits than it would to pay AMC what they are demanding.
Think about it ..... a few thousand people gripe and get the credits of $10 or so (some more, some less) vs Dish paying AMC $1.00 per each of how ever many million subscribers they have for the tiers that include AMC.
Paying a few hundred thousand in credits to save millions in fees doesn't seem like such bad business.
Excellent points. But (to me) it seems as if that "strategy" would be "pence wise but pound foolish" in the long term. Subscribers will switch to DTV, and will be less likely to choose Dish as a new subscriber if these stations are of import. I doubt Dish will want to be know as the only providers w/o AMC. And AMC can hardly alienate DTV and the major cable providers, also.
It may have been mentioned upthread that Dish was able to ascertain that only 2% of the subs viewed AMC with regularity after it was moved. But that was just for the last few episodes of MM. There may be many more viewers if one looked at this over a years worth or original programming.
Edited by joyandjerry, 15 August 2012 - 10:01 AM.