As June expired, so did AMC’s contract with both Dish Network and AT&T U-verse. While
negotiations continue with AT&T and its channels remain on for the moment, AMC is already firing at Dish for dropping its channel immediately (after shifting it to an entirely different channel number a few weeks ago), claiming no negotiations have even taken place. As we heard in May, AMC maintains that the real issue is a court case between the two over the Voom HD debacle. For its part, Dish is telling customers the problem is fee increases requested by AMC and “devaluing” its programming by offering it on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.com. As a result it’s swapping in commercial-free HDNet Movies for AMC, and replacing two other AMC channels, WE and IFC, with Style and HDNet (soon to become AXS TV). We’ll see how these negotiations go — it’s not too bad now but let’s see how viewers react once the new season of Breaking Bad starts airing July 15th.
Update: As we went live, AT&T has announced it reached an agreement with AMC Networks, so it’s only Dish Network that’s on the hotseat now. [Thanks, @soulfliesfree]
AMC dropped from Dish Network, cuts a new deal to stay on with AT&T U-verse originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Jul 2012 14:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.