NEW YORK--()--Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC, the parent company of AMC, WE tv and IFC today alerted AT&T (NYSE: T) U-Verse customers that they are at risk of losing three national entertainment networks AMC, WE tv and IFC when those networks’ distribution agreements with AT&T expire at midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. AT&T has informed Rainbow Media of its intention to drop the networks if a new distribution agreement is not reached by that time.
Rainbow Media offered the following comment:
“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. 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. AT&T customers should demand better service by calling 1-877-9-KEEP ON or go to www.iwantmytvchannels.com.”
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced yesterday the 62nd Annual Emmy® Award nominations, recognizing AMC with 26 nominations, the most for any basic cable network for the third year in a row. AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe®-winning original drama “Mad Men,” which made history last year as the only basic cable series ever to win back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Drama, received 17 nominations and stands as the most Emmy nominated drama on television. AMC’s original series “Breaking Bad,” which garnered two Emmy wins in 2009, received seven nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor. IFC received two Emmy® Award nominations for its original documentary series Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) in the categories of Outstanding Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.
AT&T customers can find additional information on AMC, WE tv and IFC at 1-877-9-KEEP ON or go to www.iwantmytvchannels.com which also will have links to facebook pages and twitter accounts.
About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media owns and operates some of the world’s most popular and award-winning entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, Wedding Central and IFC Entertainment (IFC Center, IFC Festival Direct, IFC Films, IFC In Theaters and IFC Productions). Additional information about Rainbow Media’s multiplatform brands is available at www.rainbow-media.com.