A little more than a month after its services were restored
to Dish Network's subscribers, AMC Networks is facing a disconnect from Verizon
The contract signed in 2006 between the telco and the
programmer, whose AMC service airs such Emmy-winning fare as Mad Men,
Breaking Bad and zombie hit, The Walking Dead, TV's top series among
persons 18 to 49, expires on Dec. 31. The Walking Dead's third mid-season
finale debuts on Dec. 2.
The programmer on Nov. 25 began running a commercial and a
crawl on AMC indicating that Verizon customers could lose access to
"favorite Hollywood movies and AMC's award-winning original series,"
with images of The Walking Dead, MadMen and Breaking Bad.
The message encourages Verizon customers to "make your voice heard and act
now." It also lists the phone number 855-8-Keep-On and www.keepamcnetworks.com/.
In a statement on Nov. 26, the programmer said: "AMC
Networks is informing our loyal viewers who are Verizon customers that we are
in negotiations. Our discussions are ongoing and we are hopeful to reach an
agreement that recognizes the fair value of our networks."
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