AMC Networks, AT&T Continue Carriage Deal Talks
Cable networks firm AMC Networks said early Sunday that it is continuing negotiations with AT&T's U-verse pay TV service about a new carriage deal.
After the companies' current deal expired at midnight ET, AMC Networks said: "We are in ongoing discussions with AT&T about a new agreement and will update our viewers as soon as possible."
AMC Networks is the parent company of AMC, the home of Mad Men and The Walking Dead, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.
Meanwhile, satellite TV giant Dish Network dropped carriage of the AMC Networks channels as of the mid-year mark as it had said it would. Dish is now providing HDNet Movies instead of AMC and is offering Style and HDNet to replace WE and IFC. "HDNet Movies and HDNet are exciting offerings for our customers," said Dave Shull, senior vp of programming for Dish said in a statement. "These are networks that will bring great entertainment, including first-run, commercial-free movies in high definition to our customers."
"Dish claims to put its customers first yet they've taken away Dish viewers' favorite scripted drama series, AMC's The Walking Dead," AMC Networks said. "Dish dropped our networks not because of ratings or rates. In fact, Dish has not discussed rates with us at all. Dish customers have lost some of their favorite shows, because of an unrelated lawsuit, which has nothing at all to do with our programming."