A day after a somewhat raucous DISH earnings call in which Charlie Ergen took aim at the channels, AMC Networks ‘ CEO Josh Sapan maintained his stance that the satellite company’s removal of the networks is related to pending litigation over defunct HD channel service Voom. DISH has said it expects to lose some subs, but it should be manageable (Cfax , 8/9). AMC’s Sapan said the loss of affiliate fees and ad revenues from DISH’s drop will have a material impact on financial results in future periods. Read more in today’s issue.
Also in the August 10 issue of CableFAX Daily:
News Corp’s 2Q conference call featured a rare appearance of James Murdoch, deputy COO and son of CEO Rupert Murdoch. The young Murdoch didn’t talk much other than to comment on Sky Italia which he chairs.
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will join forces to air all 32 games of the 2012 Little League World Series Aug 16-26 from Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, PA.
To determine how social media interaction impacts TV viewing, the Council for Research Excellence announced it will conduct a multi-pronged study to be completed before year-end.