AT&T and Dish have been involved in a disagreement over pricing and carriage of the premium channel HBO on both Dish Network and the streaming option Sling TV. The disagreement has caused Dish and Sling TV customers to lose access to HBO as a premium channel option after having access to its programming for the last few years. But some new developments may just work out in Dish’s favor.
Other companies are dropping Cinemax. Comcast and other TV providers have begun to drop HBO’s sister channel from their lineups in favor of in house products and cost savings. This can’t make AT&T too happy. Sling TV and Dish Network carried both channels until the current bad feelings arose providing both live channels and the ability to access on demand content.
Dish Network should reach out and see if AT&T would look kindly on the company if it carries Cinemax. If Dish proves to be one of the major distributors that is willing to keep Cinemax on board as part of its lineup it could very well be an act of goodwill that could thaw the current Cold War between to two companies.
We must note, there has been no published reports or statements on this matter, so this is only speculation on our part.
The Streaming Advisor will continue to monitor this story.