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Mad Men Fighting for Breaking Bad Season 5?
AMC Networks is striking back hard against Dish TV’s threats to the cable network’s channels – AMC, WE, IFC, and Sundance – by buying a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal asking Dish subscribers to let Dish know they are not at all pleased with the possibility they might miss the finale of Mad Men’s fifth season. You can see the ad in the image above and should be able to note AMC Networks is not beating around the bush with this issue. They’re taking their fight to the masses and calling up its loyal followers to fight the battle alongside them. Bold move AMC, but will it pay off?
Using Mad Men may not get subscribers to take action for one simple reason. According to EW.com, the show’s finale will likely not be affected by the feud. Dish is threatening to remove the channels over a distribution contract with AMC Networks that expires at the end of June, so what AMC should really be worried about is the Breaking Bad Season 5 premiere, which won’t be airing until July 15th. If you want to inspire people, who would work better than the ultimate underdog turned meth kingpin Walter White? Your attack may have been bold AMC, but it was sloppy at best.
As we previously reported, this dispute really isn’t entirely AMC Networks’ fault, with the blame landing mostly on one its subsidiaries, VOOM HD. AMC is just collateral damage in Dish’s war with VOOM. But these situations tend to fizzle out at the last minute with a quick resolve and the exchange of money. I’m sure we’ll be hearing of compromise before the end of June, but in the event Dish doesn’t back down and removes the AMC channels then I guess subscribers are out of luck. Maybe you should have switched to digital cable. I wasn’t even aware people still used satellite TV. Isn’t that a little 2001?