Dish to Lifetime: a la Carte?


EchoStar Communications Corp. said Monday that it would immediately restore Lifetime Television if the service agreed to be offered on an a la carte basis on Dish Network.

In a letter to Lifetime, Dish vice president of programming Eric Sahl wrote, “We will pay the most recent rate proposed to us by Lifetime for the service. No further negotiation or arguing over rates is necessary.”

Lifetime issued a statement in response to EchoStar’s offer.

“We stand by our position that Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network, the No. 1 and No. 2 women’s networks, should be available to all Dish subscribers without an extra cost,” Lifetime said. “Dish has already announced that they are increasing their rates by $2 to $3 per month Feb. 1.Why should women pay even more for their favorite programs?”