Here’s why cord-cutters should be worried about the Dish-HBO dispute
On Thursday, HBO and Cinemax went dark for some Dish customers across the country as a feud between the carrier and the pay channel’s parent company escalated. And now that feud could have a huge impact on cord-cutting customers who depend on over-the-top (OTT) services like Sling.
For the first time in the channel’s history, HBO is now blacked out for certain viewers, affecting around 2.5 million of Dish’s 13 million customers — including subscribers to the Dish-owned Sling streaming service. And both sides are blaming the other.
In a statement to USA Today, Dish claims that HBO’s parent-company, AT&T, yanked the channel because it wants “a guaranteed number of subscribers, regardless of how many consumers actually want to subscribe to HBO.” Read more…