If you're a cable or satellite subscriber, every channel you watch is part of a contract between your service provider and a content company - like a network, or the companies that own lots of networks. The two businesses negotiate over how much each channel will cost and then those charges are bundled together and passed along to you in the form of a packaged subscription. Usually these deals go unnoticed, but ever very once in a while negotiations fall apart and you end up losing out on some of your favorite channels.
That's the case between Dish Network and Time Warner. The two companies can't seem to come to an agreement on how much to Dish should pay. So, all Dish customers are going to be losing out on seven channels from the content giant - and some of these are pretty major channels.
Who's to blame? That depends on who you ask. Each side is obviously finger pointing at the other. Time Warner is blaming Dish, saying the company "unilaterally" decided to pull the channels when the two sides failed to reach an agreement. But, Dish has a different story.
“In the past year, DISH has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, in a statement. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers.”
No matter who's at fault, it's you, the customers are the ones losing out.
Sadly, the Dish and Time Warner situation is costing customers some very popular channels. If you subscribe to Dish, you'll no longer be able to watch CNN, TCM or truTV. You'll also lose out on Adult Swim, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang.
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The kids in your life are going to be pretty upset, too, because Dish is dropping Cartoon Network. Luckily, Netflix has a huge catalog of Cartoon Network cartoons in its library.
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