Dish Network is telling customers it plans to drop AMC and several other cable networks amid a growing fight with AMC Networks, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
Dish said Friday that it has opted not to renew its contract with AMC, which would possibly result in AMC’s networks being dropped from Dish’s lineup, the story says. The current contract expires at the end of June.
AMC Networks operates IFC, the Sundance Channel, WE tv and its flagship AMC. Losing AMC alone would deprive viewers of the hit show “The Walking Dead” and the critically acclaimed “Mad Men,” among other series.
AMC and Dish are battling in court over a separate issue, with AMC’s indirect subsidiary VOOM filing a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Dish relating to Dish’s decision to stop carrying VOOM’s networks in 2008, the story notes.