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Voom vs. Dish
Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:33 AM
What's the deal with Dish and Voom suing each other which could be impacting the AMC issue?
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:13 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:51 PM
Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC was renamed as AMC Networks in March of 2011.
Voom was owned by Rainbow, same company that owns AMC.
Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:18 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:27 PM
You may be way too optimistic. There is bad blood between Cablevision (the parent company of Rainbow/AMC) and Dish Network that goes back years. It would take a miracle to get the AMC debacle resolved.
It will get worked out soon. DISH is trying to play hardball and not pay out more money. Like with Fox and other networks, they will eventually win.
Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:41 PM
In a nutshell ...
Cablevision started a satellite company and eventually launched a satellite to 61.5 and launched their "Voom" programming service. Unlike DISH and DirecTV, Voom focused heavily on HD ... and supplemented the HD channels available at the time with channels of their own creation.
The Voom satellite service did not fare well ... due to their focus on HD they lacked major channels that were only available (anywhere) in SD. Many Voom subscribers had Voom and DISH, Voom and DirecTV or Voom and cable to have complete lineups. Eventually losses were cut and the Voom satellite service died. Cablevision sold the satellite and licenses to DISH and DISH started using the spotbeams for local channels.
Shortly after the Voom satellite service died, DISH and Rainbow Media (a part of Cablevision) came to a deal to continue the unique channels Voom once carried. DISH wanted the exclusive content and invested heavily in Voom.
Then the dispute arose ... DISH felt that Voom had not invested enough in creating or procuring new content for their services. (Many DISH subscribers at the time were noting the repeat programming.) Finally when DISH felt that contract was not being honored and wanted the space the Voom channels were occupying for other content they stopped carriage of the Voom channels.
A bitter court case ensued (and continues). Details in the thread linked at the beginning of this post.
Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:28 AM
Thanks for the info and feel free to lock this thread if you wish.