or


[01/01/06 - 12:00 AM]
Dish Unilaterally Denies Nearly 12 Million Customers the #1 and #2 Women's Networks - Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network

[via press release from Lifetime]

DISH Unilaterally Denies Nearly 12 Million Customers the #1 and #2 Women's Networks - Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network

- Despite Lifetime's Offer of a Contract Extension Through the New Year Holiday, Satellite Giant Pulls the Plug on Women -

National Council of Women's Organizations Executive Director Terry O'Neill said: 'We regret that DISH network is choosing to deny the leader in women's television and thereby deprive millions of subscribers from the critical information and support Lifetime offers.'

NEW YORK, Jan. 1 -- Happy New Year, unless you're one of 12 million DISH subscribers who, at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, were deprived by their satellite company of Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network -- the two most popular and highest-valued networks for women. DISH network unilaterally refused to negotiate a reasonable carriage agreement, even dismissing Lifetime's generous offer of a temporary contract extension to allow women to watch their favorite network through the holidays. Instead, DISH did what they have done in past negotiations, pulling channels rather than best serve the interests of women.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Lifetime is the #1 network among women in DBS homes, while Lifetime Movie Network is fifth.* Additionally, in the 2005 Beta Satellite Dish Subscriber Study on the measurement of favorite networks and the crucial perception of a network's value -- among ALL female satellite subscribers (including DISH) -- both Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network ranked #1, among fully distributed networks and emerging/mid-sized networks, respectively.

Powered by the eight most watched original movies on ad-supported basic cable in 2005, led by "Human Trafficking," which earned two Golden Globe nominations, Lifetime Television is far and away the top-rated women's network, with sibling Lifetime Movie Network second.

"We are outraged and dismayed for our viewers that DISH has unilaterally chosen to pull Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network and deny millions of women their favorite channels," said Betty Cohen, President and CEO, Lifetime Entertainment Services. "We value our viewers' loyalty and don't understand why DISH would take away the most popular women's networks, especially over a holiday weekend. We regret the disruption of service our viewers are experiencing, but appreciate all of the support they are already showing and we hope DISH network will listen to them and give them back their Lifetime."

Louise Henry Bryson, President, Distribution and Affiliate Business Development, Lifetime Entertainment Services, added: "The truth is we have done hundreds of agreements with distributors over the years that have never resulted in this kind of irrational behavior. DISH refused both our seven months of efforts to reach a fair agreement and even our offer to extend their contract and keep negotiating through the holidays. No matter what, they just seem intent on denying women the networks that they love most."

* Nielsen Media Research 12/27/04-9/25/05, W18+ total day delivery

Lifetime is committed to entertaining women with a mix of quality programming and comprehensive advocacy campaigns on a wide range of issues ranging from breast cancer to domestic violence. Consequently, DISH network is denying women entertainment they love, such as the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie "For the Love of a Child" -- the true story of two women whose work on behalf of children recently earned them Nobel Peace Prize nominations. DISH network is also depriving women of the information and resources they rely on. For example, nearly 12 million DISH subscribers will not have access to the Network's Emmy Award-winning campaign to Stop Violence Against Women, an issue that affects one in three women worldwide and an initiative that Lifetime viewers have reported has helped save lives.

Many of Lifetime's hundreds of non-profit organization partners expressed regret that Lifetime is now unavailable to women and families who subscribe to DISH, including:

National Domestic Violence Hotline Executive Director Sheryl Cates stated: "Unfortunately, there will be thousands more women who will go without the help they need if they can not watch Lifetime's programming and find out more about critical resources like the Hotline."

Young Survival Coalition Executive Director Michelle Przypyszny added: "It would be a serious detriment to women across the country to no longer have access to the life-saving breast cancer messages Lifetime delivers for young women."

LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Launched in 1984, LIFETIME Television serves over 89 million households nationwide. In 1998, LIFETIME launched Lifetime Movie Network, now in nearly 50 million homes, and in 2001, Lifetime Real Women. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Home Entertainment and Lifetime Online are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

SOURCE Lifetime Television
Web Site: http://www.lifetimetv.com





  [january 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· FOR THE LOVE OF A CHILD (LIFETIME)
· HUMAN TRAFFICKING (LIFETIME)





[09/17/14 - 01:35 PM]
ABC Family's "100 Days Until Christmas" Campaign a Social Media Hit on Facebook
"Pretty Little Liars" continues to be dominate on Twitter, ranking as TV's #1 most-tweeted TV drama series of Summer 2014.

[09/17/14 - 01:35 PM]
The Viral Video Show That Started It All, "America's Funniest Home Videos," Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Maker Studios Content Partnership Anchored by Original Clip Show "ShayFV" Starring Shay Carl
The original content initiative extends an existing relationship between Vin Di Bona Productions and Maker Studios.

[09/17/14 - 01:34 PM]
Former President Bill Clinton to Appear on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Thursday, September 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
President Clinton will preside over the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which takes place next week (September 21-24) in New York City.

[09/17/14 - 01:33 PM]
A+E Networks(R) Hits 22 Million Downloads with TV Everywhere Apps
The free, ad-supported TV Everywhere apps offer fans access to full episodes, movies and exclusive clips of their favorite A+E Networks HD programming.

[09/17/14 - 12:44 PM]
TBS to Celebrate 20 Years of "Friends" with 20-Episode Marathon on Sept. 22
"We're thrilled to be celebrating Friends' 20th anniversary by giving fans the chance to choose their favorite episodes for TBS's 20-episode marathon," said Phil Oppenheim.

[09/17/14 - 12:38 PM]
SundanceTV Celebrates Academy(R) Award Winner Danny Boyle
In honor of his upcoming series "Babylon," SundanceTV is featuring an evening-long celebration of the renowned director, including the original long form episode that inspired the series of the same name.

[09/17/14 - 12:24 PM]
HGTV's "Love It or List It" Begins Production in Raleigh-Durham
Producers at Big Coat Productions are actively seeking potential homeowners who are torn between renovating their existing home and relocating to a new residence.

[09/17/14 - 12:16 PM]
TV Land Hosts a Two-Day Marathon for the 30th Anniversary of "The Cosby Show"
The marathon begins Saturday, September 20 at 2pm with fan favorite episode, "How Ugly Is He?"

[09/17/14 - 12:15 PM]
FX Networks Announces 2014 New York Comic Con Schedule
"The Americans," "Archer" and "The League" are the among the network's shows being featured.

[09/17/14 - 12:01 PM]
Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy Television's Most Buzzworthy Moments as Bravo Media's "The People's Couch" Returns Tuesday, October 7 at 10PM ET/PT
This documentary series turns the cameras around on everyone's favorite couchers as they share their sentiments - whether good, bad or ugly - on this Fall's buzziest and most talked about "water cooler" series.

[09/17/14 - 11:59 AM]
"The 50 Year Argument," An Inside Look at the New York Review of Books, Debuts Sept. 29, Exclusively on HBO; Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi Direct
The film marks Scorsese's third documentary to be presented on HBO, and Tedeschi's first co-directing project with Scorsese.

[09/17/14 - 11:14 AM]
Oxygen Media Goes Mad for New Series "My Crazy Love" Premiering Tuesday, October 28 at 10PM ET/PT
Each week, real people share their personal stories about a time in their life when the intoxication of love led them to extreme behavior and embarrassing acts.

[09/17/14 - 11:13 AM]
Discovery Channel and BBC Track One of the World's Rarest Animals in "Last Tiger Standing"
The one-hour special premieres Thursday, September 25 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[09/17/14 - 10:52 AM]
Time to Set the DVR: A Guide to CMT's Fall Lineup
Among the newly announced dates are the return of "Redneck Island" and two one-hour specials from "Party Down South."

[09/17/14 - 10:29 AM]
PBS to Present "America After Ferguson" Friday, September 26, 2014, 8-9 p.m. ET
The special will be taped before an audience on Sunday, September 21, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.