AT&T Reaches Agreement With AMC Networks

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July 1st, 2012

Below are the releases from AT&T and AMC Networks on today's carriage agreement. AMC's has yet to reach agreement with DISH (who has pulled the networks off its lineup) but there's still two weeks for them to get a deal done before Breaking Bad premieres on July 15.

via press release:

AT&T Reaches Agreement With AMC Networks

DALLAS, July 1, 2012  -- AT&T* has reached a fair distribution agreement with AMC Networks for AMC, IFC, Sundance and WE tv. The deal was reached on Sunday, July 1, and will keep AMC Networks available on U-verse TV. Details of the agreement were not disclosed. AT&T provided the following update:

"It was important to us on behalf of our U-verse TV customers to come to a positive resolution as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone's willingness to make that happen, working diligently over the weekend, so customers can continue to enjoy the programming they love on U-verse, the fastest growing TV service in the country," said Jeff Weber, President of Content and Advertising Sales, AT&T.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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AMC Networks Announces Carriage Agreement with AT&T

NEW YORK-- AMC Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMCX) the parent company of AMC, IFC, and WE tv, announced today it has reached a new carriage agreement with AT&T:

"We have reached a long-term agreement with AT&T that appropriately recognizes the value of our networks and our award-winning and high-quality programming. We respect AT&T as a partner that has a genuine interest in working with us to ensure their customers continue to enjoy our programming, which includes the upcoming July 15 premiere of AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad.'"

It's telling that AMC Networks has historically been able to negotiate fair agreements with television providers that reflect the value of our content. Yet DISH, which dropped our networks as of July 1, never engaged with us in any rate discussions. DISH customers have lost some of their favorite shows because of an unrelated lawsuit which has nothing at all to do with our programming, our ratings or our rates."

About AMC Networks Inc.

Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming origination and distribution company.

 
  • RJ

    I’m soooo shocked. ;)

  • David

    These last minute deals are annoying because they will always make it work.

  • Joel

    ok so im not in America, So what will it mean for Breaking Bads sake if an agreement isn’t met?

  • DTravel

    Joel, these deals or lack of them will almost certainly have zero effect on AMC’s shows. If a lot of carriers start refusing to carry AMC (or any other cable channel) then that channel’s budget will fall which could affect production but it wouldn’t happen overnight.

  • Kyle7

    Joel: The production of BB wouldn’t have been affected in the slightest. The only thing that would have happened if they hadn’t reached an agreement would have been that AT&T customers in the US wouldn’t have been able to see it (or any other AMC/IFC/Sundance/WEtv show), which is what’s happening to DISH customers since AMC and DISH’s contract expired today and they haven’t renegotiated yet.

    As a non-US resident, any negotiations between networks and US cable/satellite/phone companies won’t affect you (I suppose if every telco provider dropped a cable network that could drive them out of business, but that’s exceedingly unlikely to happen). All you have to worry about is the relationship between AMC and whoever you get TV from in your house.

  • Herb Fine

    Gotta love that Jab at DISH in AMC’s press release :)

  • Julia

    I have heard that DISH customers who call to complain that they want AMC will get a voucher for a season pass for whatever show they want to watch on iTunes. Pretty good idea on DISH’s part. They are showing they want their customers to be able to watch what they want (and on AMC it’s only a small handful of shows), but are not wiling to pay what they claim are exorbitant prices for AMC.

  • Chris

    Dish has broken bad.

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