AT&T pulls plug on HBO for Dish, Sling subscribers

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In an unprecedented move, new HBO parent blacks out programming on Dish Network and Dish owned Sling Television

This evening hundreds of thousands of Dish and Sling customers are without HBO as a result of a negotiations breakdown with HBO owner AT&T.

The key stumbling point, according to Dish executives: AT&T is insisting on collecting royalties on a fixed block of Dish subscribers, whether those customers subscribe to HBO or not.

Dish has requested third party binding arbitration in an effort to reach a resolution. So far, AT&T has declined this request. In the interim, Dish is providing a free preview of HDNET.