Games Are Being Played: “The Walking Dead” May Not Air On Direct TV After 2014
This past Sunday after “The Walking Dead” aired, AMC Network announced to Direct TV viewers that their cable provider may no longer carry the channel. Buzzfeed reports AMC’s carriage agreement with Direct TV will expire at the end of this year. Talks to renew the channel’s service have reached a roadblock with Direct TV. Hence, during Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” AMC intermittently showcased an urgent message asking viewers to call the 855-KEEP-AMC hotline and to visit the KeepAMC.com site. The message came with the warning: “You are at risk of losing AMC and The Walking Dead,” states Variety.
It should be noted if AMC and DirectTV end their carrier partnership, Direct TV customers will only get to see 16 of the episodes from “The Walking Dead’s” current season. In an exclusive statement, AMC told Variety:
“DirecTV’s agreement to carry AMC expires mid-way through the current season of ‘The Walking Dead.’ We’ve had a long, successful partnership with DirecTV and have great respect for their management team and the business they’ve built. Our goal is to continue our partnership, by renewing our agreement and extending our business relationship well into the future. Unfortunately, DirecTV has not engaged in meaningful negotiations with us, which leaves us to doubt whether a timely renewal is possible. In addition, DirecTV is in violation of our current agreement, and it has dropped AMC in Latin America. We hope to finalize a new agreement quickly but in the meantime, we think it is important to alert DirecTV customers who care about “The Walking Dead” that their ability to watch the show on DirecTV is at risk.”
The contract AMC has with Direct TV also includes three other popular channels under the AMC brand: IFC, Sundance and We TV.
“The Walking Dead’s” last 2014 episode will air on November 30th and the rest of the fifth season will broadcast in February 2015. The show pulled 17.3 million viewers during the premiere episode of the fifth season.
Will you change cable providers if the AMC contract is not renewed?