Rainbow Media Holdings Files Suit vs. Dish NetworkCablevision Systems-Owned Programmer Seeks Injunction Barring Satellite-TV Provider from Moving Voom HD Networks to HD Tier 2/27/2008 04:30:00 AM Eastern
The Cablevision Systems-owned programmer appealed earlier this month to New York State Supreme Court judge Richard Lowe for further intervention on Dish Network’s decision to move its HD service’s 15 channels to a less-distributed HD tier.
Earlier in an ongoing dispute between the two, the same judge granted Rainbow a restraining order preventing Dish Network from changing its contract with Voom and moving the channels.
The spat pits corporate cousins against each other -- EchoStar bought Voom’s satellite from Cablevision for $200 million in 2005. It currently offers the Voom channels on its “Dish HD Ultimate” tier.
Such lawsuits are not uncommon. Two months ago, Mark Cuban’s HDNet settled a similar suit with Dish Network competitor DirecTV over the satellite company’s effort to move the network to a new tier devoted solely to HD networks.
“Because we are in the midst of ongoing litigation with EchoStar, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time,” a Rainbow spokesperson said in a statement.
EchoStar declined to comment on the matter.