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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

UPDATE: Dishing Lifetime A La Carte?

In an ominous move for cable networks in general, Dish Network wants to make Lifetime available to any subscriber who requests it.

Under the proposal, Dish Network wouldn't charging viewers for the channel. Instead, it will pay Lifetime an undisclosed rate for each customer desperate enough to demand their Golden Girls repeats and Meredith Baxter flicks.

Lifetime is unlikely to accept the deal, as they want, as it's called in the biz, "full penetration."

The deal, if accepted, would save Dish millions, and set a new precedent cable networks surely won't like- as it'll take money right from their coffers.

2 other geekspeak:

  • I'm all for getting rid of Lifetime from my cable lineup. I'd like to be able to opt out of channels like Pax and Oxygen as well. While the Dish might end up saving money by cutting out Lifetime, somehow I'm suspicious that consumers won't realize any savings.

    By Blogger Discfree.com, at 2:15 PM  

  • Dish's offer is just like the one Cablevision offered to the YES Network. Of course, that didn't happen.

    On the other hand, 5 years into its existence, Dish still doesn't carry YES...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:15 PM  

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