Aaron Paul Takes a Dig at Dish Network
'Breaking Bad' star wants fans to explore their cable options
No topic is off limits at Comic-Con.
That was apparent when the subject of AMC's battles with Dish Network came up during a panel for the beloved meth drama "Breaking Bad" Friday night.
While promoting the show, Emmy winning star Bryan Cranston reminded fans to watch Sunday's season opener but mentioned that it wasn't an option for Dish Network customers.
But that didn't deter his Emmy winning costar Aaron Paul from getting his point across.
"It's not too late to get a new cable provider," Paul, 32, partially joked, minus his character Jesse Pinkman's signature curse word.
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Meanwhile, AMC is streaming the first episode of season five for Dish Network subscribers at amctv.com/breakingbad4dish.
"Breaking Bad" season five premieres Sunday, July 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
This issue is just beginning and will not end up with a better deal for television viewers. This industry will use every available resource to hammer distributors and anyone who is not part of the "owned" pipeline. I am not a fan of the show/topic of this thread, but not from it's bespoken quality or following. That's just the way it is with creative endeavors - some people like them, others have different taste.
As for AMC, I would have expected that their parent company already has enough cash flow from the endless volume of advertising they show during their programs. Well above industry standard of 16 minutes per hour, AMC routinely stretches a 120 minute "feature" film into a 180 minute affair with multiple ads for their own "original" programming. They provide a good reason to pay-per-view unless you actually enjoy their special "notes" added into many films.
One good thing about the DISH issue is that they have apparently dropped a number of collectively worthless "networks" along with those of value. The end game is for shareholders and not the viewers, so always keep a good book on your coffee table just in case. :)
amc just started the fight with direst tv also. so i doubt that this is all dish's fault.
Yes, all of you "Breaking Bad" lovers rush out and drop Dish for trying to keep rates reasonable. Especially as this is the "last season" of the lightly watched (this isn't NCIS, American Idol, or NFL Football) series.
While I love "Breaking Bad", AMC is only doing this "right now" because this is all the leverage they have. Luckily, I can have friends record it for me and save quite a bit of money as well.
Personally, I can't wait until we, the subcribers, can get shows (and networks) we want to watch a la cart, but that's just a dream as long as networks can stick it to us and demand that we not only take their best channels, but their plethora of useless ones at the same time as well.