Did HBO’s Streaming Service Play a Role In Dish-Turner Fracas?
It has been more than two weeks since satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. abruptly dropped several cable networks owned by Time Warner ’s Turner Broadcasting unit, including CNN and Cartoon Network. No resolution is in sight. […] Privately, though, several Turner executives say they suspect a major factor in the breakdown of talks was the decision by HBO, another Time Warner unit, to launch a standalone streaming video service. […] Dish has a history of not taking too kindly to programmers that offer their content online to consumers without requiring a pay-TV subscription. Earlier this year, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. launched its own over-the-top network and Dish retaliated by refusing to carry WWE’s pay-per-view events. – Joe Flint,The Wall Street Journal
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