Unless some corporate feuding can be brought to a halt in time for the premiere!
AT&T's contract with AMC expires on July 14th and there is some talk about NOT renewing with the cable provider. Sources explain that Rainbow Media, which owns AMC, is looking for more $$$, and AT&T isn't paying up.
Of course, both sides blame the other and vice versa, but who is really getting hurt is the subscribers who will likely miss the premiere of Mad Men the following week!
No Jon Hamm = Big sad face!
Both sides have released a statement about the dispute. Rainbow Media states:
"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," AMC said in a statement. "AT&T is acting in an aggressive manner that puts their corporate interests ahead of their customers. We are negotiating in good faith with AT&T and are hopeful that we can reach an agreement as soon as possible so that our viewers don't lose out."
Meanwhile, AT&T goes on the attack, saying:
"Based on aggregate data we obtained from third party industry sources and our own subscribers, some of the Rainbow channels are among the least-watched and most overpriced per viewer compared to other major programming providers. They're also trying to force the renegotiation of a contract for one of their other channels that is not yet expired and force us to carry a new channel that wasn't even formally presented to us until after the recent July 1 contract extension. We want our customers to know that we can't and won't give in to unreasonable deals that unfairly disadvantage our customers."
Money makes the world go round and ruins TV for the rest of us!
Hopefully, something can be sorted out. Otherwise, enjoy watching it on Hulu at 3 a.m.!