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Well it has finally happened. Time for AT&T's first dispute of 2020 this time it is AMC Networks. For the first time ever this will impact all FIVE AT&T video services:
  • Affected Channels: AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WeTV and AMC Premiere (streaming ad-free add-on to AMC's TV Everywhere app)
    • DirecTV
    • AT&T TV
    • AT&T TV Now
    • AT&T WatchTV
      • WatchTV customers don't get access to the TV Everywhere services except for HBO/HBO Max.
    • U-Verse TV
According to the articles (and the FCC complaint) AT&T's current agreement ends on August 31, 2020.

This also includes AMC's legacy AMC Premiere streaming service that provides ad-free experience to AMC's programming though AMC's TV Everywhere app for an additional $4.99/mo. AMC Premiere is tied to a MVPD carriage agreement.

AMCN notes in the complaint they started negotiations early with AT&T to avoid last minute crunches. AMCN believes AT&T is abusing its MVPD market power and treating them unfairly, including their new streaming bundle AMC+, when compared to AT&T owned TNT & HBO that are targeted to the same audience as AMC.

AMC+ replaces AMC Premiere and still requires the customer to have the main AMC channel on an MVPD. AMC+ is a streaming bundle that includes original series from AMC, IFC and SundanceTV. It also includes AMCN's other streaming services Shudder, SundanceNow, IFC Films Unlimited along with an ad-free linear network.

Comcast was the first to reach a deal with AMCN that includes this bundle for $4.99/mo (same price as AMC Premiere.) Dish Network was the second MVPD to reach a deal (shocking) that includes Sling TV. Dish Network & Sling TV customers pay $7/mo for the AMC+ add-on bundle.

There is also a second bundle called WE tv+ that features programming from WE TV and the streaming service UMC (Urban Movie Channel). Comcast also prices this add-on bundle at $4.99/mo. The news articles don't have Dish/Sling down as carriers of WE tv+ but if you go into modify your programming on Sling (or re-subscribe) you can find the option to add the WE tv+ bundle for $6/mo.

AMC is trying to get MVPDs and vMVPDs to offer the AMC+ bundle (and most likely the WE tv+ bundle) to their customers as part of carriage agreements.

Even though the complaint is largely redacted AMCN's complaint suggests AT&T has presented them with "discriminatory carriage agreement terms."

AT&T refutes AMCN's claims that they are treating them unfairly.
 

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This could mean nothing but there is a slide in testing relating to this dispute. It is still possible for the two sides to reach an agreement and the slides never see the light of day.
 
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Yay to AT&T (rare combo of words here) and AMC! They managed to avoid a blackout and apparently reached a new carriage agreement. AMC Networks also withdrew their FCC complaint against AT&T. Congrats to both AT&T and AMC here honestly. I love it when two companies can work these things out without inconveniencing us (the customer).

AMC Networks Request To Withdraw Complaint Against AT&T Granted By FCC - Deadline
 
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