Are you reading the same info as the rest of us?
Michigan and Ohio State start a game... nobody scores for a while, but the penalty yards and field position game are becoming increasingly one-sided... It is a 3-3 game with all the yards and time of possession and field position are WAY in Michigan's favor... and the Ohio State players are starting to get tired in the second half... Michigan starts running the ball for big yards each play and takes a 17-3 lead.
BUT... instead of playing the game out... Michigan and Ohio State agree to settle for a 20-20 tie game so that neither suffers a loss... and Michigan sends a couple of players over to Ohio State in a trade deal.
That's a little closer to what happened.
Rainbow, given the way the trial was proceeding as far as we can tell, was raking up the points with the judge (and presumably the jury)... so it was looking like a win was inevitable... but instead of going for that... Rainbow settles with Dish for far less than they were asking AND gives Dish something else (the wireless licenses) in the process.
On what planet is that not a win for Dish? Dish turned a sure loss into at worst a tie, at best a win on paper.
Sorry... but a company like Dish has lawyers on retainer year-round anyway... so they probably pay the lawyers pretty much the same whether in court or not... might as well put them to use!
Also, even with those fees and the settlement... Dish still spent less than they would have had to pay for Voom HD on the original contract... so Dish saved that money literally!
I make the case that IF Dish lost all of its court-cases like this, they will beg to be sued!
One - yeah, they have lawyers on retainer. But having been involved in a lawsuit in which the amount being sued for was a little over a million, and with a company which had a 3 story building that was our lawyer building, I can tell the ADDITIONAL cost for a trial like this was quite a few million. You don't pay trial lawyers their per hour fee for a major lawsuit until you are in the lawsuit. And they charge a fortune per hour, per lawyer. I guarantee you that there were major lawyer fees (for both sides) in this case above and beyond.
Without all the contortions, let me ask you the simple question: If you hadn't read anything at all in the last week, and someone told you Dish won the case, what would you have guessed the result was? That they won and didn't have to pay anything, that the jury agreed with them. Right? Let's say there was no settlement, and the jury came back and said we find Dish guilty as charged, and assess the damage to be $700 million, plus we order Dish to immediately start carrying AMC and related channels, and we order Dish to carry AMC on a lower tier than what they were before the dispute in order to be able to tell their advertisers they not only have all of those viewers back but a huge number more, and we also order Dish to pay XX for AMC and other channels, would you have said Hah, take THAT Voom!
I've been involved in 3 cases like this, 2 of them very closely. I doubt Voom thought when they sued for the amount they did they would ever get that amount, and I would bet you a lot that if Dish said, hey, how about we give you $700 million and take AMC back at a really nice fee you like and also put it on a lower tier and give you double the viewership (I dont know what it is but I guess a lot) and pay for these other channels also, oh, and also give you that 20% back so that you get ALL the money, I suspect there would have never been a trial. It's kinda silly (just IMO) to think that Dish had something on Voom - it's no coincidence they stopped the trial as soon as it was proven in court that Dish was lying.
I suspect that Voom/AMC is breaking out the champagne.
(BTW - lest ye think I hate Dish, I'm on a business trip in Germany right now, watching shows from my DVR at home, on my iPad in my hotel room. I love Dish's product. I'd be with DirectTV if I didn't. I switched from DirectTV after being with them since 1995 and frankly also think they have a great product. I'll be getting a Hopper once I figure out how much it will cost me. So I have no problem with Dish the service even though I don't agree with a few of their choices. FWIW.)
At the end of the day, it is what it is, so call it whatever you like, it makes no practical difference to us as viewers, other than those who will now get to watch some shows at a lower tier than before.