AMC Network May Drop Off of DirecTV

By November 3, 2014
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If you’re a big fan of “The Walking Dead” and watch it every week through your DirecTV service, then you may not be happy with what you’re about to read.

Chances are that viewers of AMC — the network primarily known for the likes of “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” and the aforementioned zombie drama — have noticed that the network has been informing viewers that there may be a service interruption for the network on DirecTV in the middle of the current season of “The Walking Dead.” This is because, according to a report at Deadline, that the carriage agreement on the satellite provider is set to expire midway through this season.

The network informs viewers that although it has “great respect” for the carrier’s management, it alleges that 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.

DirecTV has both assured its customers not to worry, while also firing a back-handed warning to the network with their own statement, which partially reads,

[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.

This isn’t the first time that AMC has gotten in a bit of a feud with a satellite provider, as the network actually stopped being carried on Dish Network for about three months due to a similar disagreement. It seems surprising that these deals seem to be made on language that’s anything but narrowly circumscribed, and that there’s actually wiggle room in the agreement’s language that allows for disagreements about duration of the agreement to be had. Hopefully, for the sake of DirecTV subscribing “Walking Dead” fans, this can be sorted out sooner rather than later.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.