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DirecTV sues Lifetime over Dishnetwork contract


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#41 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 11:26 PM

Yes Because D* was forced to carry some useless channel that e* wasnt

Forced? Nahh. If D* didn't want to carry LRW all they had to do was not sign the renewal/new contract. Whether they could continue carrying LIFE and LMN on a month to month basis or would cease carrying those channels is another issue.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 12:11 AM

Yes Because D* was forced to carry some useless channel that e* wasnt


Useless? I have spoken with lots of women who upgraded to Total Choice Plus just to get that one channel.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 09:37 AM

Useless? I have spoken with lots of women who upgraded to Total Choice Plus just to get that one channel.

Maybe you should talk to Rupert;)

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 01:18 PM

and don't forget the al-carte channels of the wb and upn that D refuses
to carry




Waht are those/
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#45 OFFLINE   Geronimo

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 01:21 PM

Thats why the Pentagon buys hammers for 100 dollars a piece!rolling !rolling



Actrually they don't Juan. Thiose stories are what 25 years old? And as I said these clauses are common.
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 02:09 PM

Wow - this is more fun than a soap show.

You can catch the movie version later this month on Lifetime of course. Starring Stockard Channing and other B-list actors. ;)
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 07:56 PM

Doesnt anybody rememeber what happened with dish and lifetime? know we know it wasnt dish's fault!! it was lifetimes! Hello!!!

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 08:30 PM

I found it interesting that our local cable company Mediacom is adding Lifetime Movie Network to the basic lineup as of March 31st and taking it off the digital cable package. Just what everyone wanted I'm sure!

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:14 AM

"extremely disappointed in Lifetime's
failure to live up to their contractual
commitments"


SkyReport - March 27, 2006

DirecTV, which is suing Lifetime for alleged breach of
contract, said in a statement released Friday that it
attempted to resolve its dispute with Lifetime out of court,
but the programmer was reluctant to work out its differences
with the satellite TV company.

In the statement, DirecTV said it's "extremely disappointed
in Lifetime's failure to live up to their contractual
commitments to us. We engaged in lengthy discussions with
them in an attempt to resolve our disputes outside of court,
but in the end, we had no choice but to file the suit when
Lifetime refused to make a meaningful offer of compromise."

Lifetime said it wouldn't comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit detailed an agreement the companies reached in
January that aimed to switch EchoStar/DISH Network customers
to DirecTV. At the time, EchoStar and Lifetime were engaged
in a program carriage dispute.

Through the deal, Lifetime would send select individuals a
$200 check if they switched to DirecTV from DISH Network, the
lawsuit stated. DirecTV said that while it was negotiating
terms of the $200 offer, Lifetime was negotiating a new
affiliation agreement with EchoStar.

A day after DirecTV and Lifetime executed their agreement,
Lifetime and EchoStar concluded a multi-year deal covering
DISH Network distribution of the programmer's content, the
lawsuit stated. Soon after, Lifetime "retracted" the $200
check deal by sending a retraction e-mail to those who
received the offer, and "repudiated" its agreement with
DirecTV.

Also at issue is an earlier agreement between the companies
in which a "most favored nation clause" reportedly aims to
prohibit Lifetime from entering into a more favorable
agreement with another pay-TV distributor for delivery of
its networks. If another distributor is given a lower rate
for carriage, Lifetime is obligated to offer that rate to
DirecTV, the satellite TV company's lawsuit stated.

DirecTV said it's seeking compensatory damages in the
litigation.

www.SkyReport.com - used with permission

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 09:20 AM

E* is paying less for less content and D* is paying more for more content?
And this is unfair? D* agreed to the deal - they should be held to their terms!

From the SkyReport article:
Also at issue is an earlier agreement between the companies
in which a "most favored nation clause" reportedly aims to
prohibit Lifetime from entering into a more favorable
agreement with another pay-TV distributor for delivery of
its networks. If another distributor is given a lower rate
for carriage, Lifetime is obligated to offer that rate to
DirecTV, the satellite TV company's lawsuit stated.

The issue is probably that DirecTV is carrying Lifetime Movie Network in Total Choice. Dish Network's deal moved LMN into the high-tier, AT-180. DirecTV probably is fighting for the choice to move the channel into Total Choice Plus, to limit the expense of carrying the channel.

It is this "most favored nation" status that causes most of these fights. For example, the reason that YES cannot drop their price to be on Dish Network is because if YES drops their price, then all current carriage contracts with all other providers then get reduced. These agreements aren't particularly negotiated in a vacuum; the programmer usually knows where they need to be in relation to other contracts.

It appears that in addition to Lifetime caving into Dish Network, they've forgotten the basics of their own business. This is the first time that Lifetime itself was negotiating for carriage, as Hearst had done the negotiating for both Lifetime and their own broadcast properties for a while.

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:00 PM

Woman on the Boards:

I do NOT watch Lifetime. 'Nuf said!

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 08:02 PM

Woman on the Boards:

I do NOT watch Lifetime. 'Nuf said!

I've yet to run into, or talk with, or know anyone that does. My wife does watch stuff I don't, that's why we have a ton-o-DVRs. But Lifetime? No draw here.

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:20 AM

I didn't know men were allowed to watch lifetime..it specifically says tv for women

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:21 AM

OH MY GOD!! I broke the law I watched lifetime. I'am going to jail!!!
Welcome to Dish the new AT&T

:) life is to to to short so be???

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:50 AM

I don't watch it either. But it is one of the more popular basic cable channels. Somebody watches it.

Let's wait and see what happens with all this.
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Posted 28 March 2006 - 01:54 PM

Woman on the Boards:

I do NOT watch Lifetime. 'Nuf said!


I watched it once. It seemed to be mostly soft core porn with lots of kinky sex and lesbian action.

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 04:04 PM

Come on, who *really* watches Lifetime. I'd pay $.50 more a month NOT to have it :).

I don't.

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 05:21 PM

Satellite television provider DirecTV Group Inc. has sued Lifetime Entertainment Services, saying the women's cable network reneged on a deal to lure customers from rival EchoStar Communications Corp.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court, DirecTV accused Lifetime of retracting a Jan. 30 offer it had sent to about 30,000 customers of EchoStar Communications Corp.'s Dish Network promising $200 if they would switch. DirecTV accuses Lifetime of breach of contract.

In January, Lifetime "approached DirecTV with the idea of offering a group of Dish Network customers a $200 check if they would switch to DirecTV," the complaint said. The offer "was primarily directed to lure away customers of the Dish Network."

DirecTV says it didn't know that Lifetime was negotiating a new agreement with EchoStar at the same time. Lifetime retracted its offer for the EchoStar customers Feb. 3, DirecTV said.

In addition, Lifetime breached its Jan. 8 contract with DirecTV by giving EchoStar better terms than DirecTV, according to the lawsuit.

Lifetime executives declined to comment. Robert Mercer, a spokesman for El Segundo-based DirecTV, didn't return a call to his office.


http://www.latimes.c...dlines-business


http://www.multichan.../CA6318659.html


If there was ever a case to demonstrate how not to make a deal, how not to do public relations, this is it. Lifetime now reigns supreme as the gang who couldn't shoot straight.




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