Skip to comments.ATTENTION: LIFETIME HAS TAKEN YOUR CHANNELS AWAY!(From Dish Network)
Posted on 01/01/2006 2:17:12 PM PST by Revel
ATTENTION: LIFETIME HAS TAKEN YOUR CHANNELS AWAY! You may have tuned in today to see the Lifetime Channel or the Lifetime Movie Network.
Unfortunately, DISH Network's contract with Lifetime Networks expired on December 31st and we no longer have the legal right to carry these channels.
I can assure you that at DISH Network we have made every effort to renew our agreement and continue to carry these channels.
However, Lifetime Networks have demanded a rate increase of over 70 percent which would result in unreasonable rate increases for you, our customers.
While we were surprised by Lifetime Networks outrageous demand, the fact that we have had a good relationship with them for 10 years gives us hope that we can reach a fair agreement.
Until such time as we have a new contract with Lifetime Networks, I hope you will enjoy this free preview of The Women's Entertainment channel.
I am very sorry for any inconvenience.
We appreciate your support and encourage your feedback.
Thank you for being a DISH Network customer.
Sincerely, Charlie Ergen, CEO of DISH Network
Lifetime posted inaccurate information pertaining to Dish Networks loss of the Lifetime Movie Network. Click here for the response from President and CEO, Charlie Ergen.
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THREE FREAKING CHANNELS OF WE...CAN I KILL MYSELF NOW
My wife hates this.
I provided and article, but somehow I just knew this would get moved to Chat.
This is the best news I have heard in a long time. My wife loves the Lifetime Channel while I hate the men-are-abusive-and women-are-victims channel. Any time I have glanced at it somebody is being (1) killed (2)cheated on (3) some pervert spying on a naked woman or (4) kidnapped.
CALL NOW AND TELL DISH NETWORK TO STOP DENYING THE TRUTH AND DENYING WOMEN LIFETIME: 1-888-284-7116
The Truth is that DISH Pulled the Plug on Women on New Year's Eve, Over Just Pennies, and Despite Lifetime's Offer of a Contract Extension
If you or anyone you know is a DISH subscriber, you may have tried to tune in to Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network for the great movies we wanted to share with you during the holidays and found that we're off the air. You may have heard from DISH and its CEO Charlie Ergen that this is a result of our asking for a 70 percent increase to carry Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network. But the Truth is that DISH is totally misleading their subscribers and at the same time, denying women their favorite networks. The Truth is that DISH unilaterally pulled Lifetime Networks off the air, on New Year's Eve no less, despite our offer to extend their contract through the holidays and despite more than seven months of our efforts to reach a fair agreement. The Truth is that we only asked for pennies more for the number 1 and number 2 women's channels, a fraction of what DISH and Charlie Ergen have been willing to pay for much less popular networks.
Make your dissatifaction heard right away by calling DISH at 1-888-284-7116 and emailing email@example.com and ask Charlie Ergen to tell the Truth and put Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network back on the air. We deeply regret the difficulty this disruption of service has caused our viewers and hope to resolve this quickly, but greatly appreciate all of your support especially in this difficult time.
Click here to contact Lifetime.
Have you comparison shopped DirecTV? We left DishNetwork for DirecTV several years ago and are quite happy with the programming selections as well as the service. No complaints.
Dish's reply to Lifetime message above:
Louise Henry Bryson
President, Distribution and Affiliate Business
Development Lifetime Networks
2049 Century Park East, Suite 840
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Dear Ms. Bryson:
The statements on your website with respect to our dispute are inaccurate. Specifically, you claim that DISH Network violated our contract by taking Lifetime Movie Network off the air. As you are aware the agreement terminated December 31, 2005 and Lifetime refused to offer any extension prior to DISH Networks loss of the network today (the date of the contract expiration). We are confident we have not breached the agreement and welcome the disclosure to the public, any portion of the contract that demonstrates DISH Network is in violation of our agreement.
In addition, Lifetimes final demand prior to our loss of the network called for a 76% rate increase under the contract term. DISH Network hereby waives any right to confidentiality which may exist with respect to rates under our existing agreement and the proposed rates under Lifetimes proposal so that the public can judge for themselves. We challenge Lifetime to likewise agree to the release of that information.
While DISH Network desires to make Lifetime programming available to its customers, we also must protect our customers from exorbitant rate increases. We have valued our relationship with Lifetime Networks over the past 10 years and we are hopeful that we can work together to restore Lifetime programming to DISH Network customers.
Chief Executive Officer
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This affects, what? 10 or 11 people?
I get promos in the mail all the time for Direct TV. I am going to look into it very seriously now. Most likely will switch. Thank you I have some friends who have it and they have been treated much better.
Never watched the channel, but that's what I've heard. .....with a few theme variations, of course. Kind of like Oprah's talk show in movie form. (Many) women just eat that stuff up.
Lesbian ch. not lifetime!
There are more themes than that. And sometimes the men are the victims. But there are many real life stories. People waking up from Coma's after many years. Different things like that.
Who the hell watches Lifetime? It's THE single most boring network there is. And I include the game show channel in that generalization.
Don't forget the Disease of the Week movie. Every week, Lifetime showcases a new disease and its impact on women and those they love.
I'm a woman, and I can't stand the crying channel. Then again, I don't watch soap operas, either.
I call lifetime the wife beaters channels. It is all about bd husbands. I won't miss it.
Seems like a common occurence at Dish. It's always interesting to hear Charlie's spin.
Funny story. When I first had my Dish hooked up years ago, the first thing the guy did was say, "Here. Let me show you where the Lifetime channel is."
I about smacked him. Told him I'd never watched it, and don't intend to. He said it is most women's favorite.
I mean the neighbors were starting to complain because every time I tried to watch something on it I would end up yelling "For the love of Annie Oakley shoot him you spineless wimp!"
And you probably won't mind watching the same 20 year old movies on SCIFI,USA,And TBS. Some people are like little kids that just keep rewinding the VCR and hitting PLAY again.
Just another reason to be glad you and I aren't "most women"!
Not this woman:)
If I want junk food for my brain I watch the cooking channel or HGTV.
No kidding. Can't tolerate all the nail polish-pantyhose-facials conversations. And all the victimization crying. Sheesh.
I wish I could just order and pay for the channels I would like to have instead of having to pay for 100 worthless channels we seldom or never watch in order to get the 20 or so that we actually watch. Of course if the FCC was to force the satellite companies to offer cafeteria-style channel selection they would raise the price on the individual channels enough that the price of those 20-odd channels we would keep would add up to the same as I now pay for 120 channels. IOW, you can't win when you play ball with the satellite or cable guys.
I don't watch the crap on lifetimes. I have two DVRs and I watch the History channels, TLC, all the Discovery channels. I spend most of my time on my computer.
You bet, my wife tuned in tried to tune in last night and found nothing but a message on the screen.
First, no OLN, which is the only American TV outlet for A1GP.
But the real kicker is what's going to happen next.
I bought a HDTV and Dish HD receiver for Xmas. Turns out that my brand new, high tech, Dish 942 HDTV receiver is going to be obsolete in a couple of DAYS as Dish makes the tansition to a new encoding standard (MPEG4) which my receiver cannot decode nor can it be retro'd. Oh, it'll still work for a "while," but no NEW HDTV channels for me.
What's funny is, Dish told me (and several thouand others) in November 2005 that this MPEG-4 standard was "not promising" and wouldn't be implimented for the forseeable future. As late as two weeks ago they were telling people to go ahead and buy this $700 piece of HDTV history because it could be "upgraded." In fact, you can still buy this machine today from you local Dish retailer (whom I'm sure would be glad to sell it to you). But the Dish CSR's have been told to tell people calling Dish to buy it to WAIT for the new receiver.
Am I mad? You bet.
If I'm not offered this new receiver at a VERY LOW (like free) cost, me and my >$100 Satellite bill are waltzing on over to Di-rect TeeVee.
But not until, I've backed over my $700 mistake (as well as my other Dish HDTV receiver which hasn't worked right since jump) with my car several times, scooped up the remains, and shipped them to Mr. Ergen with a tube of Vaseline and explicit instructions.
I wouldn't mind trading in a handful of DISH channels for more Angel channels.
I grow weary of scanning several hundred channels only to have less than two to five at any one time with anything with some redeemable value to watch.
I'll pass on the queer guy makeover, the queer guy remodeling, the SouthPark resorting to feces humor, the gay comedian news, another variation of building a 747 out of scrap Briggs&Stratton motors and Balsa wood and slalom ski landing skid workshop shows, and there are only so many Death Wish Bronson remakes,... I admit it, I must be spoiled.
Well then you can watch "Hooked on Drugs" for the 100th time. Those channels rarely have anything new either.
I watched a movie on Lifetime once. Enjoyed it because it had one of my favorite actresses in it, and because the plot didn't totally suck.
One watchable show out of 18,583.......
That's a good ratio, isn't it????
As good as CBS anyway.
OHH NNOOOOOO! No more Lifelong Movie Channel?
The choices are terrible. I could not even find one channel to watch today. At least lifetime has a lot of movies I have never seen. I just get tired of reruns...even on the history, Discovery, CourtTV type channels.
The Spike movie lineup kicks ass, but they air way too many commercials. ....more annoying than even TBS. During the Bond-a-thon the other night it seemed like 10 minutes of movie followed by 7 minutes of commericals, repeated again and again.
No more Lifetime channel? What ever will Meredith Baxter-Birney do now?
I'm not counting on it, and I'm sick about it.
They-meaning from Mr. Charlie Ergen down-lied about their switch to MPEG-4. And their lie was part of a deliberate attempt to entice me and thousands like me to spend big bucks (for me anyway) to buy the Dish 942.
But, they'll just write me and the other "bleeding edge" types off to what they call "churn."
They don't care if we leave, they're just glad they got a chance to fleece us on the way out the door.
Yep. In Liftime Movie world all men are either brutal abusive stalkers, or pathetic wimps.
You and me both. Most TV today is about the worst waste of time I can think of offhand. Sometimes we go for days without bothering to turn ours on. If I could get a reasonably priced high speed internet connection I could get along just fine without a TV set in the house. The only fast connection I can get out here in the boonies is by satellite and the cost is prohibitive for my retirement income.
But even with 56K dialup I spend way more time surfing the web than I do surfing the TV channels. When the weather permits I spend as much or more time hauling, splitting and stacking firewood as I do either watching TV or web surfing. I also spend a good bit of time in winter reloading ammunition for summer shooting on my homemade shooting range. With all that going on, who needs TV anyway?
"People waking up from Coma's after many years. Different things like that."
You mean like...a liberal finally having a coherent thought?
We have Dish and I have never watched Lifetime because I surmised that it was another "woman=victim" channel. I am eagerly awaiting the day when I pay only for the six or eight channels we watch consistently out of the 120 we pay for.
If you have never seen Lifetime's offerings before, you have got to be the only one, for that network runs their stable of flicks over and over and over. Bad enough that, but how many times do you need to have the same story re-done? It runs the gamut from I-divorced-a-jerk to I-am-innocent-though-spending-my-best-years-in-prison to the standard my-best-friend-is-sleeping-with-my-16-year-old-son. Trust me, you haven't lost a thing.
As much as I despise all the cable and satellite companies I have to hand it to Direct, it's the least maddening one of the bunch. The support people have been very good, and the service even better. When we decided to add local channels they sent a man out to install a 2nd dish and a newer model receiver at no cost and no commitment to continue with Direct. We didn't like the new receiver, so when I called support they told me to keep it and buy a new one that we liked and send them the bill up to $100. I found one on Ebay that I liked for $20. I sent the receipt for $20 plus the $12 shipping charge to Direct and they credited my account with the full $100 that they had set as the reimbursement limit.
Bottom line, I got 2 new receivers plus a new dish and 100 feet of cable plus installation plus a $68 credit on my account, and all without ever leaving my house. Compared to the poor service and constant hassle I used to get dealing with the cable company when I lived in town, DirectTV is far better. (although it wouldn't take much for it to be far better than that @#%^&* cable company)
Still with everything I probably only watch a dozen of them regularly.
Funny,growing up with 3 channels (2 1/2 really considering the reception on one of them),I would have given about anything for what I have now yet I still don`t watch many more channels than I started with.
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