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NCTC, AMC Networks Try To Avert Blackout

AMC Networks continue to negotiate to avoid a New Year’s blackout with small cable operators represented by the NCTC, but the head of the group expects some won’t reach an agreement.

Rich Fickle, CEO of the National Cable Television Cooperative, said that after the NCTC filed complaints with the FCC over some of AMC’s tactics, it had a productive day of discussions with the programmer in New York last week and continued conversations over the holiday weekend.

“Have we solved the Rubik’s Cube on this one? No we have not. We’re still trying to figure out how to make this work for our members,” Fickle said.

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