Here’s a little PSA for anyone on DISH network. DISH had a little spat with AMC, they kissed and made up, but DISH is a little passive-aggressive, so they moved AMC out of their regular lineup of channels to the channel ghetto where the Korean broadcasting network and Brigham Young University TV hang out (the 9600’s). If you have your DVR set for Mad Men, you’ll need to change it.
Apparently, the DISH/AMC spat was due in part to AMC’s decision to put past episodes of Mad Men and other popular programs on Netflix and to sell current episodes on Amazon and iTunes, which according to DISH “devalued” the networks. They have a point: it costs $70/month to have a DISH package with a DVR and AMC. If you’re only watching a couple of shows, like Mad Men, it makes more sense to get a Roku or Apple TV, buy those shows at $2/each, and cancel DISH.
But here’s what doesn’t make sense: pissing off the rest of your customers by making an unannounced channel change right before the last two weeks of Mad Men is about to air, which means that all their DVR timers are fucked up. I realize this is a first-world problem, but since I just threw down to help fund this Kickstarter project so I can finally cut my cord, I think it’s also a problem for the bottom lines of the cable providers.