Dish: AMC Not Coming
Back Anytime Soon
Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2012)
There have been rumors that Dish will end its 10-week fee fight
with AMC before next month's season debut of The Walking Dead.
The zombie show generates roughly nine million viewers per
episode, a hard show for a TV provider to go without. But Dish
CEO Joe Clayton yesterday said he doesn't expect AMC or The
Walking Dead to return anytime soon.
Speaking at a promotional event for new Dish on-air personality
Glenn Beck, Clayton was asked if AMC would return soon. "Not
that I'm aware of," he responded, according to Entertainment
AMC Network, which owns AMC and its two sister networks, WE TV
and IFC, charges that Dish is playing hardball because it's
still bitter over a lawsuit filed by Voom over the loss of its
carriage deal with the satcaster. (Voom is indirectly owned by
But Clayton said yesterday that the real issue is that AMC is
asking for too much money to carry their channels, particularly
when you include WE TV and IFC in the deal.
"We would be amenable to looking at AMC, a channel that
resonates with out total customer base, but not with all the
hang-ons," he said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Until we
have a better alternative with nothing to drag a lot of stuff
with it, we don't see anything on the near horizon. (But) never