AMC Networks, Suddenlink Reach New Carriage Deal

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The agreement avoids a programming blackout that could have led to cable subscribers missing the season finale of AMC hit show "The Walking Dead" and the return of "Mad Men."

NEW YORK - AMC Networks, which operates cable networks AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel, said Wednesday it has reached a new carriage agreement with cable operator Suddenlink.

Financial terms of the deal, which came just as the two companies' previous arrangement was coming to an end, weren't disclosed.

Disagreements over carriage fees threatened to lead to a blackout of AMC in homes of Suddenlink's 1.4 million subscribers just ahead of Sunday's season finale of The Walking Dead and the return of Mad Men a weak later.

“We're pleased to have reached a new, long-term agreement with Suddenlink for AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv that recognizes the value and popularity of our programming," said AMC Networks. "In addition to maintaining our long and successful partnership with Suddenlink, we look forward to continuing to bring Suddenlink customers our popular, award-winning shows.”


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