There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at big television networks, most of which we innocent audience members needn’t worry our pretty little heads about. The only time we do see the smoke of a blazing corporate fire is during contract disputes, when master control operators have no problem streaming all kinds of warnings across our screens. The biggest culprit of these scary graphics is AMC, who last night ran a manipulative statement in the middle of The Walking Dead
To get straight to the crux of this issue, basically the carriage agreement between AMC and DirecTV expires at the end of the year. Their negotiations are going so bad -- i.e. AMC want more money -- that the network took it upon themselves to adroitly alert its viewers about a possible service interruption of Season 5 of The Walking Dead and maybe even its spinoff.
In response to this interruption of our viewing pleasure, DirectTV countered with their own response to Deadline, claiming:
Oh what jovial fun and games, right? Still, this has got some people worrying about a repeat performance of Dish Network’s 2012 removal of AMC over a busted carriage deal with the defunct VOOM HD networks. That year AMC also battled with Suddenlink, in addition to Cable One and Rogers Media in Canada a year later, pulling that same propaganda shit during the contract negotiations.
The point is, it could still be a long, long time before the AMC-DirecTV battle becomes a serious issue. As DirecTV’s statement attests, the network still has to provide “several more months”of programming, but hey, if they’re trying to scare the folk at DirecTV, The Walking Dead is the way to do it. I don't think a threat of losing Comic Book Men will really scare anyone.
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