HBO has gone dark on the Dish Network amid a standoff over carriage agreements, the first time it has been off air on one its major distributors in the company’s forty year history.
As of Wednesday night, HBO, Cinemax and its various other channels were blacked out to Dish subscribers. HBO blamed the blackout on an “inability to conclude a deal” with Dish who had been responding to the company’s “good faith attempts with unreasonable terms.”
HBO’s full statement on Wednesday night:
“During our forty plus years of operation, HBO has always been able to reach agreement with our valued distributors and our services have never been taken down or made unavailable to subscribers due to an inability to conclude a deal. Unfortunately, DISH is making it extremely difficult, responding to our good faith attempts with unreasonable terms. Past behavior shows that removing services from their customers is becoming all too common a negotiating tactic for them. We hope the situation with DISH changes soon but, in the meantime, our valued customers should take advantage of the other ways to access an HBO subscription so they can continue to enjoy our acclaimed programming.”
Dish said that eligible customers of its service and Sling TV that subscribe to HBO and Cinemax would be credited on their bills for the duration of the blackout.
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