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Dish drops AMC (+WeTV, IFC & Sundance)

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by lparsons21, May 4, 2012.

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  1. Jun 2, 2012 #401 of 1922
    tampa8

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    Are you saying when she watches at college there it is HD and not on Dish? Or that AMC isn't sending a good/HD signal?
     
  2. Jun 2, 2012 #402 of 1922
    sigma1914

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    :rolleyes: It's definitely in HD.
     
  3. Jun 2, 2012 #403 of 1922
    mdavej

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    If Mad Men looks crappy, something is seriously wrong with your system, or you are watching the SD channel. It's absolutely stunning in HD.
     
  4. Jun 2, 2012 #404 of 1922
    Laxguy

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    Well, it is HD, and overall stunningly shot and presented, but the picture seems a bit soft, esp. in the darker indoor scenes.
    Was going to say in the indoor scenes when I realized that 90% is shot indoors to begin with!
     
  5. Jun 2, 2012 #405 of 1922
    Paul Secic

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    I never watch any of the Rainbow junk.
     
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    lparsons21

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    I don't either, I watch only the good stuff they show and let the junk just rot! :lol:
     
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    I guess it's now reasonable to assume that we'll be getting the full seasons of "Mad Men" and "The Killing".:righton:

    It also appears to be reasonable to assume that we won't be getting AMC after June 30 since that is exactly what Dish said.:(
     
  8. Jun 2, 2012 #408 of 1922
    inkahauts

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    And I think that they don't have to notify customers until about a week on advance right?
     
  9. Jun 3, 2012 #409 of 1922
    Stewart Vernon

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    Actually... I'm pretty sure they don't have to notify customers until 5 minutes after you call them to ask why you just lost the channel :)
     
  10. Jun 3, 2012 #410 of 1922
    inkahauts

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    I don't think that's right. I do believe that the FCC passed a rule a while back saying they had to give some notice now so disputes didn't catch people by surprise. I'll have to look and see if I can find where I read abut that.
     
  11. Jun 3, 2012 #411 of 1922
    Stewart Vernon

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    I tried to find something... but couldn't find anything.

    The closest I could come to finding something was a rule about cable (didn't say pay tv or satellite, so it may not apply) having to, as of April 2008, notify customers within 30 days of a programming change under their control.

    The thing is... that rule, as written, wouldn't apply in a case like this because if a channel says "I want more money" and Dish says "no" then it is the channel who calls the shots and forces Dish to drop the feed if Dish doesn't sign a new agreement... in which case Dish has no control, effectively.

    I think it would be a hard thing to enforce legally though I certainly wish cable and satellite were better at informing customers of changes.
     
  12. Jun 3, 2012 #412 of 1922
    James Long

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    If I remember the cable rule correctly (at least how it is followed) the cable operators notify their customers of potential loss of channels. They cannot pretend to be blind as they approach a contract end date. If they know a contract is ending (duh) and they know there is no renewal (duh, again) they have to notify of the possibility of a programming change.

    The excuse would apply if the programming suddenly became unavailable (for example, the programmer dropping a channel or going out of business) not for predictable programming changes.

    I have not looked through the FCC's enforcement pages to see who got what fine for violations. Where the rule applies (cable) it is enforced.

    It would be harder to follow on channels where contract renewals were expected but not signed. Then the operator would have to make the decision to put out a notice that would make people worry about channels they won't lose or miss a warning deadline. I believe most operators would error on the side of not missing the warning deadline.
     
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    Paul Secic

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    In the 90's they were great with infomercials at night and movies during the day. I watched AMC a lot..The sad thing is they have the rights to White Christmas. :(
     
  14. Jun 3, 2012 #414 of 1922
    Stewart Vernon

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    In this case... Dish might also be able to argue (if the FCC came calling) that their press release already announced the possibility of AMC channels going dark to their customers. I mean it was a press release, which one assumes is an attempt to notify the public.

    Still don't know if there is a hard & fast notification rule, though... but I could get behind such a rule since I am constantly disappointed that companies don't notify of channel drops OR even channel adds in a timely manner.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2012 #415 of 1922
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    I can't see paying for another subscription.

    I wouldn't mind waiting if I hadn't started the season. What sucks is getting into a new season and then DISH cutting the cord.
     
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    RasputinAXP

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    seriously. it makes my eyes bleed.
     
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    Well, AMC ran ads and a crawl on "Mad Men" tonight telling people to protest. We'll see how that goes.
     
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    mike1977

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    They also put it up in a red box on their (AMC's) site.
     
  20. Jun 4, 2012 #420 of 1922
    James Long

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    IFC is now channel 9607
    WE is now channel 9608
    AMC is now channel 9609

    AMC HD has not moved yet but I assume that is the next Uplink Activity update (posting soon).

    The former channels have been replaced by Style, HDNet and Indiplex.
     
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