EchoStar Communications announced Sunday that it had yanked the Lifetime Television channel and Lifetime Movie Network from its DISH network satellite service, saying that Lifetime was demanding a 76-percent price increase and was refusing to extend its contract to permit continued negotiations. The contract expired on Saturday. Lifetime shot back with a statement on its website saying that "DISH is totally misleading their subscribers" and maintaining that "DISH unilaterally pulled Lifetime Networks off the air."