Mad Men fans with AT&T U-verse may miss out on the next season, along with all of the other programing offered by AMC, IFC and WEtv. The cable provider’s 2.3 million subscribers were told Friday that company will likely drop the Rainbow Media-owned networks on July 14. Bad timing for fans of Mad Men since the show returns on July 25.
Rainbow Media has been negotiating to renew its carriage deal with AT&T since the beginning of the year. The original contract expired on July 1 but both sides agreed to a two-week extension. AT&T said Friday that the two companies remained at “an impasse.”
The consumer alert from AT&T stated: “We want fair prices and to reach a good deal for you, but may be forced to remove these channels due to their unreasonable demands.”
In response, Rainbow Media stated: “It is troubling that AT&T is threatening to yank AMC, WE tv and IFC, and leave their customers without the hottest show on television, AMC’s Mad Men, just before the premiere of the new season. AT&T is acting in an aggressive manner that puts their corporate interests ahead of their customers. We are negotiating in good faith … so that our viewers don’t lose out.”
“We are willing to continue negotiating,” AT&T said, but a resolution has yet to be determined with only days left on the extension.
The good news is that AT&T U-verse viewers will still be able to catch some episodes on AMCTV.com or buy all episodes on iTunes.
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