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DIRECTV Could Lose AMC, MSG This Friday

Washington, D.C. (December 28, 2009) -- DIRECTV could lose AMC, IFC, MSG, the Sundance Channel and other Rainbow Media-owned channels as early as this Friday, according to Multichannel News.

The satcaster is negotiating a new carriage agreement with Rainbow Media, with the current one expiring this Friday.

Multichannel News reports that DIRECTV says "we are actively negotiating with them, having productive discussions."

But Rainbow Media refused to comment, the publication reports. If the two sides can not reach an agreement by Friday, Rainbow Media can order DIRECTV to remove the channels from its lineup.

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DIRECTV is also embroiled with a programming dispute with Comcast, the owner of the Versus sports channel. The satcaster was forced to pull Versus off the air four months ago when the two sides could not reach a new carriage agreement.

Fortunately for DIRECTV HD viewers, most of the Rainbow Media channels in question are not available in high-def in the satcaster lineup. For instance, AMC, Sundance and IFC are not in HD on DIRECTV.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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