Charlie Ergen, co-founder and chairman of Dish Network, had bad news for “Game of Thrones” fans who are Dish subscribers, saying the carriage dispute between Dish and HBO shows no signs of letting up, Deadline reports.
Ergen also says that a blackout extending beyond the mid-April return of “Thrones” would trigger a surge in piracy of the show.
Deadline quotes Ergen saying the HBO situation “will be interesting because people will find another way to get it.” He added: “Every young person knows how to go onto the Internet and get a code and get HBO. We hate to talk about piracy, but that will be the result.”
The report adds: “Dish President and CEO W. Erik Carlson said there has been ‘no meaningful movement’ in talks with HBO about the impasse, the first in the network’s nearly five-decade history. He estimated that the blackout, which began in November, along with a separate ongoing struggle with Univision, accounted for about half of the 334,000 subscriber losses in the quarter. That gloomy stat punctuated an overall lackluster quarter, which has sent shares in Dish down sharply today.”