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Starz tells Altice to stop 'false' statements in carriage fight

What a bunch of losers can't even man up blame it on someone else.

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Haven't seen customer hatred like this since YES.

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As the Starz-Altice standoff continues, Starz parent Lionsgate says it has issued a cease and desist letter to Altice, alleging false statements to customers over what it describes as Altice’s decision to drop the Starz channel and 16 other Starz, Encore and Movieplex channels.

“It has come to our attention that Altice is providing false and misleading information to consumers with respect our renewal negotiations and the Starz signal,” the letter reads in part. “Specifically, Altice is advising its customers that Starz did not engage in extension discussions with, and pulled its signal from Altice. This is patently false. As you are well aware, while Starz was in the midst of actively negotiating the renewal, Altice unilaterally pulled down the Starz signal effective 12:01AM ET January 1, 2018 without providing any prior communication or notice to Starz or its customers.”

PREVIOUSLY, January 1: Last-minute negotiations over carriage rights for Starz and Encore on the Altice USA cable systems failed, resulting in the channels going dark as of the new year.

Altice claimed Starz refused a short-term contract extension past the midnight ET deadline. Altice serves slightly less than 5 million subscribers in the New York area and in Midwest states. It claimed that meeting Starz demands on fees would force Altice to charge subscribers more than the cost of Starz’s stand-alone streaming service.

“We are focused on providing the best content experience for our customers and continually evaluate which channels meet their needs and preferences relative to the cost of the programming imposed by content owners,” Altice USA said in a statement. “Given that Starz is available to all consumers directly through Starz’ own over-the-top streaming service, we don’t believe it makes sense to charge all of our customers for Starz programming, particularly when their viewership is declining and the majority of our customers don’t watch Starz.”

Starz responded: “Altice has shown an unwillingness to negotiate in good faith to the detriment of our shared customers, and they have removed STARZ from their platform. We remain available to discuss a fair and reasonable agreement that will serve the interests of our loyal subscribers.”

Later, Starz expanded its statement. “Altice wanted a drastic reduction in price that was totally inconsistent with the market and flew in the face of the record popularity of our programming. Quite simply, Starz wanted to negotiate a forward-looking agreement in the best interest of our two companies and our customers; Altice did not.”

For now, Altice USA will replace the 17 Startz-Encore channels with Hallmark Drama, Sony Movies, MGM HD, HD Net Movies, Flix, and Cowboy Channel. Altice also said “certain customers” will be given Showtime sibling The Movie Channel for free.


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Where did supertech come from? Did I miss something?

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They are not honest with their employees what makes you think customers are any different

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UPDATED at 4:47 PM: As the Starz-Altice standoff continues, Starz parent Lionsgate says it has issued a cease and desist letter to Altice, alleging false statements to customers over what it describes as Altice’s decision to drop the Starz channel and 16 other Starz, Encore and Movieplex channels.

Where and who said anything about being a supertech

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You guys call yourself supertechs but yet you don’t even know how the networks deal with cable companies. SMDH

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