Already being accused of harming Nickelodeon and other kid’s channels, Netflix is now under fire for allegedly devaluing AMC programming. The commentary comes from Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen, who said that the digital distribution of such shows as Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead on Netflix are why Dish and AMC haven’t been able to come to terms on a new deal.
“One of the things that programmers have done is they’ve devalued their programming content by making it available in multiple outlets . . . Our customers are not really saying ‘we want to pay more money,’ they’re saying ‘we want more flexibility in our programming and we don’t want to pay more.’ . . . We believe the product has been devalued, not that there are not some good programs, but it’s been devalued because you can get it multiple ways and customers have more flexibility to get the programming. It’s not quite the same as if something were exclusive.”
If AMC and Dish are not able to renew their agreement, Dish subscribers will lose access to AMC, the Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC.
Do you think Netflix is “devaluing” content, an accusation that Ergen is hardly the first to throw at the streamer? Is he right to be frustrated that customers have “more flexibility” when it comes to getting the shows they love?
[via Paid Content]