Now you expect them to pull a channel for some but not for others? It would get pulled. You don't get charged. That's it. Just like when the NHL was closed down. Folks who bought NHL Center Ice didn't get charged.
I would hope that the premiums are dealt with differently but it could happen. If the contract is bundled (say Showtime with the CBS contracts or Epix with MTV) it could be part of a larger thing.
Heck, one of the Viacom channels was a semi-premium. Palladia. It got pulled.
All I am saying is think through all the implications not just one. These things are more complex than one thread of thought.
I understand about the no charge kind of thing with NHL Center Ice during the strike..
D* would be commiting PR suicide billing for SHO/TMC & such should an impasse with CBS happen.
But the point I was making is that its a premium that we pay extra for, it shouldnt have the same complications and bickerings as a basic channel.