EchoStar replaces one Lifetime channel with Oxygen |

EchoStar replaces one Lifetime channel with Oxygen

ENGLEWOOD – Amid a dispute over a contract extension, EchoStar Communications Corp. said Monday it has replaced Lifetime Television’s movie channel on its Dish Network with Oxygen Media.EchoStar pulled the Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network channels on New Year’s Eve after the two sides failed to agree on programming fees.EchoStar spokesman Marc Lumpkin said Oxygen will replaces the Lifetime movie service in the middle-tier package on Dish. Both are designed to appeal to women.Lumpkin said the replacement was permanent but that EchoStar is still willing to negotiate with Lifetime. He said no talks have taken place since late last week.A Lifetime spokesman did not immediately return a call.Oxygen’s programs include “Oprah After the Show,” “Snapped,” about the motives of women who kill, and original movies.Oxygen chairwoman and CEO Geraldine Laybourne called the EchoStar deal “a huge milestone.””We’re adding millions of DISH Network viewers just at the time when we are on a ratings roll,” she said.EchoStar is the nation’s second-largest satellite TV provider with about 12 million customers.EchoStar and Oxygen said the deal means Oxygen will reach 65 million homes.New York-based Lifetime, jointly owned by The Walt Disney Co. and The Hearst Corp., says its programs reach more than 89 million households.EchoStar says Lifetime asked for a 76 percent rate increase and that it pulled the channels because the contract expired.Lifetime has said the rate proposal equaled about 4 cents per subscriber per month and that it offered to extend the previous contract but EchoStar refused. —On the Net:EchoStar Communications Corp.: http://www.echostar.comLifetime Television:

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