/// AMC Wants You to Know It Doesn’t Like Dish Network

July 2, 2012  |  Media Week

The staring contest between AMC Networks (which owns AMC, IFC, WeTV and Sundance) and AT&T ended on Sunday afternoon with a brief announcement from AMC that it had reached a long-term carriage agreement with the MSO, ensuring that its channels would be distributed across the AT&T's U-Verse service. Given that the cable conglomerate's agreement with Dish Network expired on Saturday evening, the company felt free to take a swipe at the increasingly pugnacious satellite provider too. “It's telling that AMC Networks has historically been able to negotiate fair agreements with television providers that reflect the value of our content,” the network said in an unsigned statement. “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.” For the uninitiated: Carriage negotiations between Dish and AMC broke down last month when Dish banished the company's flagship network to channel 9069 and descended into a series of nasty dueling press releases. AMC accused Dish of stonewalling during negotiations in retaliation for a lawsuit filed by AMC subsidiary Voom HD, which is suing the MSO for breach of contract to the tune of $2.5 million. Dish announced its plans to drop AMC within days of a judge's decision to let the Voom HD case go to trial. Dish contends that the face-off is over “bundling.” Like every cable conglomerate, AMC sells its smaller networks in a package with its flagship property so that it can guarantee carriage for properties that are still finding their feet. “AMC Networks requires us to carry low-rated channels like IFC and We to access a few popular AMC shows,” said Dish svp Dave Shull.

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