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In 2008, Cablevision (AMC’s former owner) sued satellite broadcaster Dish Network over a now-defunct HD satellite-TV service called Voom, saying Dish breached their 15-year contract to offer the service to its subscribers.For the past four years, AMC has sought $2.4 billion in damages from Dish.
Between then and now, the drama between the two companies has been more entertaining than some of their TV shows.
It involves deleted emails, real life zombies and satellite company CEO calling his viewers “rural.”
See how insane the war within cable TV has been thanks to our handy timeline.
The lawsuit involves old cable networks operated by AMC that Dish stopped carrying in 2008. AMC sought $2.4 billion.
June 2012: Dish says it doesn't want to be affiliated with channels like IFC and WE TV—which come packaged with AMC.
On July 1, the contract between Dish and AMC expired.
As the feud between the programmer and distributor showed no signs of being resolved, Dish dropped the cable channel AMC from its service.
The dispute and resulting termination meant that AMC lost access to about 14 million homes--just weeks before the popular 'Breaking Bad' was set to return.
Dish Network chairman Charles Ergen went off the deep end in his Q2 2012 conference call with Wall Street analysts when he started talking about the contract dispute which led to AMC being pulled from his network.
No one watches AMC (whose shows include Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Walking Dead'), he said, adding that his customers aren't quite the show's demo.
'We have data, real data from our customers,' explained Ergen. 'And for whatever reason our customers don't watch some of those ... at the level that we read about in the paper, perhaps because we skew a bit more rural or whatever.'
Just how rural does Ergen think Dish's customers are?
'They live in farms and ranches ... They have no clue about zombies and New York.'
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