AMC Warns DirecTV Subscribers the Network Might Go Dark
The cable network informed viewers about the carriage dispute during Sunday night's 'The Walking Dead'
AMC on Sunday night alerted DirecTV subscribers to a potential interruption in service during its top-rated The Walking Dead.
The cable network informed viewers that its carriage agreement with the satellite operator is set to expire at the end of the year. Without mentioning DirecTV, AMC urged viewers to call the 855-KEEPAMC hotline or visit KeepAMC.com and later warned: "You are at risk of losing AMC and The Walking Dead." The website, however, does mention DirecTV by name and tells viewers they "risk losing" AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV and WE TV.
In a statement, AMC said: "DirecTV's agreement to carry AMC expires midway through the current season of The Walking Dead. We've had a long, successful partnership with DirecTV and have great respect for their management team and the business they've built. Our goal is to continue our partnership by renewing our agreement and extending our business relationship well into the future. Unfortunately, DirecTV has not engaged in meaningful negotiations with us, which leaves us to doubt whether a timely renewal is possible. In addition, DirecTV is in violation of our current agreement, and it has dropped AMC in Latin America. We hope to finalize a new agreement quickly, but in the meantime, we think it is important to alert DirecTV customers who care about The Walking Dead that their ability to watch the show on DirecTV is at risk."
In its own statement, DirecTV said: "DirecTV customers will not miss any of this year's new season of The Walking Dead or any other shows. AMC is contractually obligated to provide all of its programming for several more months, and we intend to renew our AMC partnership at a price that's fair to our customers."
The Walking Dead's current season, its fifth, airs the midseason finale later this month and then resumes in February.
This isn't the first time AMC has warned viewers of a potential loss of a show amid a carriage dispute. Two years ago, it told Dish Network subscribers that there was a chance they would miss the fifth-season premiere of Breaking Bad during the carriage negotiations.