Judge: Dish Network Can Show Starz For Free
Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2011)
-- Dish Network customers: If you're getting free Starz channels
as part of a year-long promotional offer, don't worry, you can
still watch them for free.
Reuters reports that a federal judge on Friday denied Walt
Disney's bid to stop Dish Network from including such Disney
movies as Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland in
the offer. The judge did not explain why he was rejecting
Disney's request for an injunction.
However, Disney had filed a copyright infringement suit against
Dish last month, saying it "devalued" its movies by including
them in a giveaway promotional offer. As part of its 30th
anniversary, Dish this year has offered Starz movie channels for
free, saying its contract with Starz permits it to do so. (The
free offer began in February and will last until February 2012
for all Dish customers.)
Network pays hundreds of millions of dollars for the right to
distribute Starz content to our customers, which includes the
rights to a number of Disney movies," Dish said last May.
But Disney argued that Starz only has permission to air its
films if TV providers carried the channel as a premium.
Starz joined Disney in the battle by filing its own lawsuit
against Dish, urging the satcaster to stop the free promotional
effort. That lawsuit
is still pending.
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