Why is AMC saying that I may lose The Walking Dead?
AMC Networks aims to needlessly panic customers, and asks them to call us to complain. By using faithful viewers in this way, AMC hopes this will put pressure on Satellite and Local TV providers to agree to their demands for excessive rate increases. What they fail to mention is that any cost increase is generally passed on to the consumer.
If AMC were concerned about their viewers’ best interest, they would charge a more reasonable fee for their networks and allow flexibility in their contracts.
If these networks are pulled, when will the AMC Networks be back on the air?
We will work hard to get these networks back on your lineup at the lowest price so that it has the least impact on your monthly bill.
Shouldn’t I just switch to another provider?
Every cable, satellite and telco provider has to negotiate agreements with networks like AMC, and every provider experiences temporary blackouts by these networks. If you switch, it just means that you’re likely to find yourself in the same situation again, but without the local TV service you’ve come to expect. To find out more about these disputes, click here.
Why won’t you just pay what they are asking?
As a small, local business, we can thrive only when we deliver the best possible value for you from all of our services. We are actively working toward an agreement that does not burden our customers with excessive price increases. With the hundreds of channels we offer our customers, imagine the impact to your monthly bill if we just agreed to pay networks whatever they asked.
How much is this increase that is in the news?
While we are restricted from talking about specific rates, AMC is demanding a rate increase of more than 350% for the same exact networks (the increase varies per individual provider depending on the number of AMC Networks carried and required penetration levels). They are also using the perceived strength one network – AMC – to push for higher rates and the addition some of their less-popular channels, such as BBC America, BBC World News and SundanceTV. This increase is excessive based on their networks’ ratings and what the average American household budget can afford.
I pay a lot for my cable service. Can’t you use that money to pay for this increase?
Rising programming costs – like the one that AMC Networks is demanding – affect ALL providers, including DIRECTV and Dish, and increase your bill every year. We absorb as much of these increases as possible, but are not able to cover all of them. We are working to keep future price increases to a minimum by negotiating hard for you with all programmers.