DISH Network subscribers encountered some problems when signals for HBO and Cinemax dropped at midnight on Halloween. DISH originally blamed HBO over the issue, but the premium channel defended itself this week by saying DISH is at fault.
HBO issued a statement placing the blame directly at DISH for the outage. "It’s important to clarify that it was DISH who dropped the HBO and Cinemax signals at midnight on October 31st, not the other way around," said the cable channel.
The statement continues by pointing out negotiations were ongoing, with an offer on the table that DISH backed out on. HBO says DISH is "perpetuating a conflict" and hurting consumers when the former made an offer that had terms "advantageous to DISH compared to their current deal." Perplexed "by their unwillingness to take this proposal," HBO dismisses the idea that AT&T had something to do with the two sides unable to reach an agreement.
HBO's full statement can be found below:
It’s important to clarify that it was DISH who dropped the HBO and Cinemax signals at midnight on October 31st, not the other way around. In fact, we offered to extend our current contract while we continued negotiating. An idea that DISH initially agreed to and then oddly changed their mind about at the eleventh hour. The terms of our proposal were advantageous to DISH compared to their current deal. We’re actually perplexed by their unwillingness to take this proposal as an opportunity rather than perpetuating a conflict which only hurts consumers. The notion that AT&T had anything to do with our inability to reach a reasonable deal with DISH is simply not true. It seems to be a silly but transparent attempt on DISH’s behalf to muddy the waters for reasons only they can explain.