DISH's costs go down when they lose customers. Yes, they don't get to collect the ARPU of $76.93 (FY2011) ... but their profit was only $9.10 per customer per month and it was an abnormally good year for profit (DISH's 2nd highest profit year was $5.81 per customer per month in 2010). There is a cost savings to DISH when they lose a customer. DISH no longer has to pay the other providers for that customer's subscription. There are fixed costs that are spread out over the millions of customers ... spread out over millions minus 50k raises the per customer average a low percentage but DISH is not losing $75 per customer per month when they lose a customer. So IF (and that is a big IF) DISH loses 50k customers over not having AMC they might lose $455k (while not paying AMC $2.5 million) each month. In 2011 DISH lost a record 166k net customers - and posted record profits. It may be a hard concept to understand - but you can look at last year's annual reports if you want to see the numbers. Perhaps ... but this thread seems to attract a lot of non-DISH subscribers.