senior VP of programming Dave Shull said, "HDNet Movies
and HDNet are exciting offerings for our customers. These
are networks that will bring great entertainment, including
first-run, commercial-free movies in high definition to our
customers. DISH is the only pay-TV provider that did not raise
its core package prices in 2012. We will continue to fight
hard for choice, control, and value in home entertainment."
notified AMC Networks earlier in the year of its decision
not to renew its contract due to the channels' high costs
compared to their relatively low viewership.
actions come as AT&T and AMC Networks negotiate over what
AT&T this week called an "excessive rate increase."