AMC Nets has struck a deal with Netflix that will bring more of their programming to the streaming service. Starting today season one of The Walking Dead will be available, with shows such as Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret coming right before the debut of new seasons.
“AMC Networks, the company behind The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul home AMC, is looking to cut some of its nearly 3,000 staff positions via voluntary buyouts, sources confirmed on Monday.
One source said that about 200 staffers, or a bit more than 6 percent of employees, at the cable networks group, which is led by CEO Josh Sapan, would be offered buyouts. The typical take rate for such moves is up to 10 percent-15 percent, which would mean 20-30 job reductions in this case…
AMC Networks is understood to not be targeting any particular departments, and it wasn’t immediately clear how much money AMC Networks was looking to save via the moves….”
AMC indeed has a monster hit on its hands with “The Walking Dead,” which wrapped up its fall episodes with a whopping 10.5 million viewers. For reference, that’s the biggest audience for ANY show, in broadcast or cable, this fall. Monster indeed.
Read more about it here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/the-walking-dead-midseason-finale-draws-10-5-million-viewers/
The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad return to Dish Network
$700Mwill be paid to AMC and Cablevision by Dish under the terms of the companies’ new broadcast agreement, which will see all of the AMC Networks channels return to the satellite dish provider’s lineup. source
July began with a revealing set of changes to the channel lineup in millions of Dish Network homes. An obscure channel called HDNet Movies replaced AMC, Style replaced WE tv and HDNet replaced IFC — all because of a quarrel between Dish and AMC Networks, which operates the three channels that were replaced.
Dish told AMC earlier this year that it planned on dropping the channels for reasons that are disputed by the two companies. The contract between the two expired on Saturday night.
Interruptions in programming happen from time to time when cable channel owners like AMC and distributors like Dish don’t agree on new contract terms. The current dispute is noteworthy in part because Dish is one of the biggest television distributors in the United States, with about 14 million customers, and in part because of the points of conflict.
In its public statements, Dish has complained about what has been a common cable industry practice: the bundling of channels by their owners during negotiations with distributors. That’s why most cable lineups have must-carry channels like ESPN alongside less popular channels like ESPN Classic, greatly diversifying the amount of programming for viewers. But the bundling strategy has come under scrutiny lately at a time of rising costs for customers.
Dave Shull, the senior vice president for programming for Dish, said in a news release last week that “AMC Networks requires us to carry low-rated channels like IFC and WE tv to access a few popular AMC shows. The math is simple: it’s not a good value for our customers.”
Using ratings data from the set top boxes of its customers, Dish also asserted that the channels are relatively low-rated, despite the fact that AMC has prestigious shows like “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead.” One of its biggest shows, “Breaking Bad,” resumes in two weeks, a fact that AMC mentioned in a statement early Sunday morning.
The statement also said, “Dish dropped our networks not because of ratings or rates. 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.”
The lawsuit involves old cable networks operated by AMC that Dish stopped carrying in 2008. Days after a judge rejected an appeal by Dish in April, the company told AMC that it would not be renewing its contract for AMC, WE tv and IFC.
Separately, AMC said Sunday afternoon that it had reached a new distribution deal with AT&T’s U-verse TV. The previous deal had also expired Saturday night. The company took the chance to cast Dish as an outlier in the distribution universe. “It’s telling,” its statement said, “that AMC Networks has historically been able to negotiate fair agreements with television providers that reflect the value of our content.”
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