As the calendar welcomed in 2016, NCTC and AMC Networks continued negotiating after midnight. Their contract expired on Jan. 1.
If a new deal isn’t reached, AMCN’s suite of channels would lose about 4 million subscribers. Even if the co-op does reach a deal with the programmer, there is no guarantee that all of its members will opt in to the deal. Alaskan operator GCI has already told subscribers it would be dropping AMC and WE tv. It also said it is dropping Pop, Reelz and Univision.
NCTC pres/CEO Rich Fickle recently told us that the negotiations have been one of the biggest challenges he’s faced during his tenure at the co-op. AMCN has said NCTC is a valued partner and it’s committed to negotiating a deal.