Early Fireworks—Programmers and MVPDs Face Weekend Deadlines
By| July 2, 2012
DISH followed through with its threat to drop AMC Nets at midnight Sun, with customers losing AMC, IFC and WE. It dropped Sundance in May. The nets stayed on AT&T after midnight Sun as the 2 continued renewal discussions. Sun afternoon a new agreement was announced for AMC, IFC, Sundance and WE with AT&T. Time Warner Cable and Hearst reached an extension through July 9.
Also in the July 2 issue of CableFAX Daily:
Ownership: The Supreme Court said “no” to big media companies in a ruling Fri that leaves the media ownership laws intact, opening the door for the FCC to continue its rule review.
IP video software developer Boxee and Comcast agreed on a method for showing encrypted cable programming on the startup’s set-tops, according to an FCC filing.
FX said Thurs’ premiere of “Anger Management” was the #1 scripted primetime comedy series debut in cable history among adults 18-49 (2.65mln). It drew 5.5mln total viewers, making it the most-watched series premiere ever for FX.
TNT is giving “Dallas” a sophomore season next year. The new series, currently airing Wed nights, is averaging 6.9mln viewers. “Rizzoli & Isles” was renewed for a 4th season, with 15 eps ordered for ’13.