04-19-2012 10:50 AM
Below is the latest notice of carriage agreements expiring found in the link below. Once again, I'm posting this strictly as informative. It is not intended to stimulate discussion or speculation.
April 17, 2012
While we previously announced a possible change, AT&T and the programmer for the following channels agreed to a temporary extension that is now set to expire in April 2012 and, if a reasonable longer term agreement cannot be reached with the programmer, we may lose the rights to carry the following channels (listed in alphabetical order) on U-verse TV in April 2012: Estrella (channel 3024), HD Net (channel 1105 in HD), HRTV (channel 672), New England Sports Network (NESN) (channel 712/713 and 1712/1713 in HD), and Wealth TV (channel 470 and 1470 in HD). In addition, in the San Diego, CA market area, an impacted local channel is KUSI (channel 9 and 1009 in HD).
While we previously announced a possible change, AT&T and the programmer for the following channels agreed to a temporary extension that is now set to expire in May 2012 and, if a reasonable longer term agreement cannot be reached with the programmer, we may lose the rights to carry the following channels (listed in alphabetical order) on U-verse TV in May 2012: ION, ROOT Sports Northwest (channel 1764), ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (channel 1730), ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain (Channel 1760), and Zee TV (channel 3702).
AT&T's contracts with programmers for the content displayed on our U-verse TV service periodically expire, but are usually re-negotiated or extended with no interruption or change for our U-verse members. Contract(s) for the programming listed below are set to expire as indicated, and AT&T is making every effort to reach a fair agreement to continue carriage. However, if a reasonable agreement cannot be reached with such programmer(s), we will no longer have the rights to carry their programming on U-verse TV. While the programming listed below will continue to be available to U-verse members so long as AT&T has the rights to carry it, if a reasonable agreement cannot be reached with the programmer the programming will no longer be available at that time.
The impacted national channels (in alphabetical order) are AMC (channel 795 and 1795 in HD), AMC – West (channel 796), CBS Sports Network (channel 643 and 1643 in HD), Cinelatino (channel 3126), Daystar (channel 563), HITN (channel 3055), IFC (channel 797), Multimedios (channel 3065), WE (channel 372), and WE - West (channel 373).
In addition the impacted local channels are:
(1) For California, in the Los Angeles area, KCAL (channel 9 and 1009 in HD) and KCBS (channel 2 and 1002 in HD); in the Sacramento area, KMAX (channel 31 and 1031 in HD) and KOVR (channel 13 and 1013 in HD); and in the San Francisco area, KBCW (channel 44 and 1044 in HD) and KPIX (channel 5 and 1005 in HD);
(2) For Connecticut, in the Hartford area, WCBS (channel 12 and 1012 in HD);
(3) For Florida, in the Miami area, WBFS (channel 33 and 1033 in HD) and WFOR (channel 4 and 1004 in HD); and in the West Palm Beach area, WFOR (channel 3 and 1003 in HD);
(4) For Georgia, in the Atlanta area, WUPA (channel 69 and 1069 in HD);
(5) For Illinois, in the Chicago area, WBBM (channel 2 and 1002 in HD);
(6) For Michigan, in the Detroit area, JTV (channel 5380), WKBD (channel 50 and 1050 in HD) and WWJ (channel 62 and 1062 in HD);
(7) For New York, in the New York City area, WCBS (channel 2 and 1002 in HD);
(8) For Texas, in the Dallas area, KTVT (channel 11 and 1011 in HD) and KTXA (channel 21 and 1021 in HD).
Also in June WGN American (channel 180 and 1180 in HD) will be removed from our channel line- mup in the Bakersfield and Monterey, CA; Reno, NV; Charleston, SC and El Paso, TX market areas. In addition, HDnet Alternate (channel 1107) will be removed from our channel line-up in the Lubbock and Dallas, TX market areas.
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06-30-2012 11:11 PM
OK, the time's up - Will you or won't you be dropping AMC?
If so, I need to start my "Triple Play" shopping
There is no one here that can answer your question. We are all U-Verse subscribers just like you.
07-01-2012 12:14 AM
If any of the two happens, I'll not hesitate to end my subscription with uverse:
1. No more AMC/IFC
2. Increased bill
Uverse is really pricey. They should do something about this.
07-01-2012 3:04 AM - edited 07-01-2012 3:05 AM
From what I understand both sides have agreed to keep talking until July 14.
07-01-2012 7:35 AM - edited 07-01-2012 7:36 AM
Here is an article from Multichannel News. No mention of how long both parties will continue negotiations:
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.
AMC said the disconnect came without any negotiations and was tied to ongoing litigation between the No. 2 DBS provider and Voom HD, the suite of defunct channels owned by a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings, AMC Networks' predecessor company.
"Dish claims to put its customers first, yet they've taken away Dish viewers' favorite scripted drama series, AMC's The Walking Dead. Dish dropped our networks not because of ratings or rates," AMC said in a statement. "In fact, Dish has not discussed rates with us at all. Dish customers have lost some of their favorite shows because of an unrelated lawsuit which has nothing at all to do with our programming. Dish customers will not be able to watch the new season of AMC's Breaking Bad premiering July 15, or upcoming seasons ofThe Walking Dead, Mad Men, or any of our other popular shows. We urge Dish customers who want to have access to our programming to call 1-855-KEEP-AMC or visit www.keepamc.com.
In a distinctly different matter, we are in ongoing discussions with AT&T about a new agreement and will update our viewers as soon as possible."
AT&T, which had stated that AMC was seeking an "excessive rate increase," confirmed that negotiations were continuing, but offered no further comment on Sunday morning.
In March, AMC Networks reached a carriage renewal with Suddenlink, averting a potential service disruption for its quartet of networks, ahead of their contract expiration. At the time, AMC said the deal "recognized the value and popularity" of its programming.
AMC's lineup includes the four-time drama Emmy winner Mad Men, which recently concluded its fifth season, its best with the ratings; Breaking Bad, which has garnered Emmys for the performances of lead actor Bryan Cranston and his sidekick Aaron Paul; and zombie series, The Walking Dead, which has scared up some of cable's top Nielsens among the advertiser-coveted persons 18-to-49 group.
07-01-2012 12:03 PM
AT&T Reached Agreement with AMC Networks
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.
07-01-2012 12:08 PM
07-01-2012 12:22 PM
DAMOSPORT wrote:Good to hear that AMC is still on the air, but as HD Premium subscriber i'm disappointed to see that the ROOT Sports Channels have suddenly vanished from the air. Does anyone have any more information on these??
I only know that those carriage agreements were also set to expire on June 30th.
07-01-2012 1:05 PM
Good to hear that AMC is still on the air, but as HD Premium subscriber i'm disappointed to see that the ROOT Sports Channels have suddenly vanished from the air. Does anyone have any more information on these??
Has U-Verse gone into the areas served by Root Sports Northwest, Pittsburgh, and Rocky Mountain? If not, I imagine that we would not get many posts from unhappy subscribers.
07-01-2012 1:14 PM
Sorry, intended to include a link to prove agreement has been reached with AMC.
07-01-2012 1:14 PM
As a Colorado Rockies fan living in Michigan i enjoy the pre-game and post-game coverage of the games on Root Sports Denver. That was one of the main reasons why i subscribed to the HD Premium package to begin with. That and the $7 fee each month. Hope U-Verse can come to an agreement soon with these channels or maybe add a couple of more Comcast sports networks to make up for the loss of Root.
07-01-2012 9:54 PM
Thanks to all concerned. I've got to have my Mad Men, one way or the other - Thanks AMC for giving us quality programming in Mad Men and thanks AT&T for letting us be able to watch it!