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Dish's contract dispute results in the removal of 7 channels


In Colorado, and everywhere else in the United States, business contracts are put in place to ensure fair business practices between two or more business entities. The contract outlines the duties and responsibilities of the business partners. Business contracts may be in the form of a sales contract, real estate contract, construction management contract, development contract or contract for builders. Business owners understand that failure to follow what is written in the contract can result in disputes.

Such is the case of Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting, which resulted in the removal of seven channels after the business contract expired. Based on a report, an estimated 14 million Dish subscribers were shocked after Turner removed seven channels, including Turner Classic Movies, truTV, HLN, CNN en EspaƱol, CNN, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. According to Turner Broadcasting, the sudden removal of seven channels resulted from Dish's failure to create a new agreement with them. Dish management asserted that Turner did not extend the agreement, which, in turn, resulted in Turner pulling certain channels. Both Turner and Dish are willing to reach an agreement for the benefit of the customers.

Cases like this one are common among large corporations. Often, contract disputes arise from miscommunication. It is important for business partners to remain committed to their cause for the benefit of both sides. If there is a contract dispute, it is best to settle the issue through peaceful talks and avoid litigation. Still, litigation is an option if both parties are unable or unwilling to negotiate.

However, in the event of a contract dispute, business owners may wish to proceed with filing a legal complaint, especially if they have suffered a significant monetary loss. They may also want to consider speaking with a legal professional so that they can proceed with the case in the most appropriate manner and prevent further losses.

Source: USA Today, "Turner networks taken off Dish lineup on contract row," Roger Yu, Oct. 21, 2014

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