Deadline is reporting or warning the twenty million plus subscribers of DirecTV that AMC may being going away on that particular satellite carrier. Turns out that the contract between AMC and DirecTV will be coming to a close at about the mid-point of the season of The Walking Dead.
Why? Because much like the contractual deliberations that took place between DISH and AMC, AMC says that DirecTV has not engaged them in any meaningful negotiations for their carrier contract renewal. AMC has made a pointed statement, warning their Walking Dead fans that their show may be disappearing if DirecTV does not renew their contract (In an agreeable fashion to their expectations.)
They know or are at least guessing how to put public pressure on their contractual partners, that is for sure.
This is not the first time that AMC has had issues with carriers and if they go dark on DirecTV, it will not be the first time the’ve dropped their transmission to a carrier. DISH Network lost AMC for three months in 2012.
When a business entity has issues with one other entity, that is one thing. For the same entity to have issues with multiple other businesses over and over, you have to wonder. DirecTV and DISH are not the only carriers they’ve had issues with, as they’ve also had issues with Suddenlink and Cable One.
I think about this and recall back in the early seasons of The Walking Dead where there were various issues with money and the cast, and the exudus of Frank Darabont, the man who led the show successfully for the first season. Yet his release from the network was viewed by outsiders as a dirty deed done dirt cheap. So to speak.
“Darabont reacted strongly to slashed budgets. he made mistakes, he was fired,” [.hollywoodreporter.]
Be it as it may, no matter what show you enjoy on AMC, you need to be prepared to see it go dark if DirecTV and AMC don’t see eye to eye regarding their contract renewal.
But the last time AMC went dark on a carrier, if I recall, AMC made some of their more popular shows available online for subscribers of that carrier that lost the network.
We’ll see how it goes.