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Disney Vs. Dish Network

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Disney has some beef with Dish Network, which hit the big 3-0 this year!

In celebration of Dish Network's 30 years in business, the satellite company has decided to hand out to its customers one year of access to 7 different Starz channels for FREE.

The problem is that the access includes free access to Disney's recent releases, so the company has filed a lawsuit accusing Dish of breaching the "pay television" provisions of its contract and committing copyright infringement.

Luckily for Dish and it's viewers, a New York judge has denied a motion by Disney to enjoin the satellite TV company from distributing the studio's popular movies for free.

However, Dish isn't off the hook yet because the judge has not dismissed the case yet.

Similarly, in Colorado courts Starz filed a lawsuit in early May, but the judge has not yet ruled on the movie channel's request for preliminary injunctive relief.

Do U think that Dish has the right to give out Starz and the movies they air to their customers for free?

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8 comments to “Disney Vs. Dish Network”

  1. 1

    I have DISH and I pay heavy clot for the service.. so yes! something free from DISH is a good thing for its loyal customers like me.

  2. 2

    Absolutely. As long as Disney isn't technically losing money on the deal and DISH pays their fees to the Mouse House, what the hell do they care?!? It's PROMOTION for these channels that carry their movies. The more people enjoy the channels, the more they are likely to purchase a subscription to them in the future, which means higher ratings, which means increase ad revenue, which results in… DUH.

  3. 3

    Wow, Perez. You desperately need an editor. You have AT LEAST one grammatical and/or spelling error in every post on this site, including this one (there should be no apostrophe in this particular version of "its"–4th paragraph). It makes you look really stupid.

  4. 4

    I don't see what the big deal is. ALL of the movie channels give out their programs for free to some people. You know, when you switch providers, they'll throw in Showtime for 3 monthes, or something like that. Hell, one time my ex stepdad got in a car crash with some big shot at Directv, and him and my mom got free directv for a year, with TWO premium movie packages (HBO and Starz)!! And that's just ’cause some idiot got into a fender bender. So since most of those networks let people get them for free for at least 1 to 3 monthes, I don't see what the big deal is for a year.Also, it's like TheBraveOutside said, that they'll get more viewers, so they'll get more ad revenue. Not only that, but A LOT of those people will want to keep Starz after the subscription is up! I bought a new car last year, and I got Onstar and XM included for a month, or something. Well, it's been almost a year, and I've continued to keep up with both of those companies! So Starz is going to get a lot more subscribers after the year is up. Because of that fact alone, they should stop complaining.

  5. 5

    I think it's ok for dish to give the channel out for free IF dish is paying the cost to do so. Yeah its a promotion, but Starz will lose money seeing that people who would have normally paid for the channel for a year aren't. I could see 3 months. But a year? Someones gotta pay up.

  6. 6

    Thank you very much! Here is my 2 cents, I just printed Coupons for free. You can print coupons before you shop by searching "Printapons" online

  7. 7

    Way to penny pinch Disney!
    What this means is that Dish customers will get to pay Dish Network's court fees are going to shart showing up within their cable bills in the upcoming years. Lets see if they charge more next year for these channels!

  8. 8

    I don't see the harm in giving away channels for free that no one wants to watch anyway