The impasse comes at a difficult time for Dish, as traditional cable/satellite providers continue to supplant video subscribers. Dish lost 1 million subs in 2018 – including 334,000 in the fourth quarter, which blamed it on transportation disputes between the company and HBO and Univision. Dish CEO Charlie Ergen was interviewed on HBO earlier this month on a conference call with financial analysts. The satellite manager accused HBO`s owner AT-T of allegedly claiming transportation charges well above industry standards. Ergen stated that the telecommunications operator did so because if Dish did not have HBO, it would lose subscribers who, in turn, would go to DIRECTV, which is also owned by AT-T. „We met recently, but unfortunately they offered only other words of the same meaning,” Dish said in a statement. „AT-T wants Dish subscribers to pay for HBO, whether they like it or not. ATT continues its anti-competitive behaviour by imposing a choice of ticket lots on our customers, based on ATT`s platforms, or by subsidizing HBO so that AT-T can give it away to its customers for free. FILE – On this February 23, 2011, File Photo, Dish Network Parabolics are presented in an apartment complex in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) The six-month standoff between Dish Network and HBO continues with little hope that a deal will soon be reached after meetings between the two companies were unproductive.
The reason the court will never see HBO is not because of a horse-drawn carriage dispute, it`s rather the fact that AT-T had all the designs for HBO and Max to be a streaming service, and everyone who goes into contract negotiations for HBO and Cinemax, they say basically no, you don`t do it or make it so high that no one wants it anyway. When the blackout started, I predicted that it would take months to come off. And, Eric, I`m afraid I`m afraid I`m going to tell you that if it doesn`t end this week with GOT, it may take a few more months. However, this is not a local matter. Dish has failed to reach an agreement with Nexstar, which owns both KTVX and KUCW – and 162 other channels across the country, as well as cable channel WGN America, all abandoned by Dish.