AMC, AT&T U-verse Continue Negotiations as Carriage Contract Expires
As their contract expired, AMC Networks and AT&T U-verse continued negotiations early Sunday morning.
The deal between the telco for carriage of the programmer's AMC, IFC and women's- targeted WeTV, concluded at midnight (ET) on July 1. AMC's other national service, Sundance Channel, is not part of the current distribution discussions.
While negotiations continued on that front, Dish Network, as expected, dropped AMC Networks' services with the new month, over what it said was the channels' high costs compared to their relatively low viewership. In early June, the No. 2 DBS provider pulled the plug on Sundance Channel and shifted the other three networks to its 9000-channel neighborhood. With the dawning of July, the distributor placed HDNet Movies into AMC's channel 130 slot, while Style is now found at channel 128, where WeTV previously resided. HDNet, which next week is expected to morph into entertainment and music channel AXS.TV, a joint venture of Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and Creative Artists Agency, will run on Channel 131. IFC was positioned at channel 393.The AMC services had been part of Dish America's Top 200 level of service or better.