AMC Demands 50% More to Renew Contract

The owners of New York-based AMC want a nearly 50% increase over what they were paid last year, and a greater than 100% increase in annual payments by the end of their new proposed contract. 

We have asked AMC Networks to reconsider. So far, they have refused and threatened to withdraw permission to carry their channels, if we do not meet their demands.  We will continue negotiating with them, in an effort to keep these channels at a reasonable price. And we are more than willing to continue carrying AMC Networks while we negotiate.

Cable channels owned by AMC Networks include AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WE tv. AMC is available in most areas on the Expanded Basic level of service. IFC, Sundance, and WE tv are available in many areas on one of Suddenlink’s incremental levels of service, commonly known as “Digital Tiers.”

Comments

  1. Dave says

    If you drop AMC, I am going to drop Suddenlink! That is unacceptable. You just raised rates … I’ve put up with it, but dropping AMC will be the last straw. After being a customer for nearly ten years, I will use another service provider.

    • Michael Tyler says

      I feel the same way. Our Congress & President cannot get along, and both AMC and Suddenlink are behaving the same way. I will drop Suddenlink if you drop AMC. Suddenlink you are misbehaving.

  2. Tom says

    Hi,

    I called that number and all I get is a repeating message to dial the extension and all extensions are five digit dialing, then it tells me what the main number is (it’s the one I called and the one you posted). I’m tired of their tweets when they ignore that they’re the ones raising the rates. When Coke tried this on CostCo, CostCo stopped carrying Coke and guess what? Coke folded. I’m with you, Suddenlink.

    And I’m guessing you’d looked into doing like they used to do with DISNEY, made it a pay channel, and they’re not interested?

  3. andi ellington says

    What channel would you use as replacements for AMC and WE? You FINALLY got a ‘real’ FOX channel after giving us a station that showed reruns – and awful ones at that. Will you replace with something decent or are you trying to force everyone to spend more money and get more channel from you? Some of us can barely afford your basic and/or expanded basic and at least 6 of those channels are garbage – home shopping so you can get a piece of THAT pie, for instance and more news channels than anyone could possibly watch. why not offer us ‘poor’ people something ‘fun’ for a change – like GSN as a replacement?! That would be a good PR move!
    Thanks for letting me vent!!

  4. Logan says

    AMC and IFC are crucial to your cable lineup. I’ll be leaving Suddenlink … if you don’t find a way to renew these channels. I would be happy to pay a couple of extra bucks a month to keep them in the lineup.

  5. Carl Shaffer says

    I must say this, you have the best shows on cable tv, but if you withdraw service to suddenlink cable then you will hurt the many fans of your network and the television shows that we have learned to love. I have expressed my displeasure to suddenlink and have implored them to find a way to continue carrying AMC network. I implore you to do the same. You have many fans and will continue to become even more popular in the future….Thank you, Carl Shaffer..

  6. Gina Huffman says

    Please do not drop AMC. I hope the negotiations go in our the customers favor I really enjoy this channel we have been watching it a lot lately and would miss it . Thank you a loyal customer. Gina Huffman

  7. Kim DuPree says

    Regarding AMC’s rate hike demands.

    To whom it concerns at Suddenlink, please know that as a long time, (over 10 years) customer of your’s, I could care less if you end up dropping AMC from your lineup if they insist on this unreasonable rate hike.
    In the economy that we are in, with people barely able to buy groceries and gas, it is unconscionable that they would make these demands for their programming.
    If these demands would require my cable bill to increase, I would consider scaling back my services that I receive from Suddenlink.

    Sincere, loyal, customer,
    Boyd and Kim DuPree

  8. Madison says

    And? Removing AMC because of price is far more unfair than them upping their price. You will have FAR more dissatisfied customers than you already have if AMC is cut.

  9. Richard Duncan says

    If what you say is true, then drop them. I refuse to pay more on my cable bill. really, I only watch AMC from their package and only 3 shows… I know they will not just sell you only AMC but want you to buy the bunch. 10% raise maybe but 50%, no way. Hey, how about letting us decide which channels we want and pay for. I don’t watch sports, any reality shows, most of the learning type channels and esp, those swamp people, pawn stars type of shows. really I am a full bundle, full cable package customer and I DO NOT watch 75% of the channels I am forced to pay for… Really, the first service, be it cable or sat service that offers Al A carte packages, will get my business. Since no one offers that yet, I like what you do for me, but really, the cost is getting to be too high for what I watch …

    • Troy & MaryBeth Jarrell says

      I think this is a good idea! Just let us pay for the few we watch & not all the other stuff that we don’t want to see. Then give us a bundled price for those. They should be able to figure out a price that they’re being charged for each channel & then what it would cost to give it to us. I think this is a great idea!

  10. Pat Martin says

    DROP AMC!!! WHEN I GET A 50% RATE HIKE IN MY SOCIAL SECURITY, WE MIGHT CONSIDER IT…

    WTF?

  11. Steve says

    This is hogwash on both sides. Due to the timing(just days before the season finale of Walking dead) it’s a money grab for both. AMC wants more since more people are watching. Suddenlink has already been jacking up monthly rates …

  12. Tom says

    Seriously!? – Out of roughly 60 stations on basic cable, I watch about seven of them, and these less and less frequently. AMC is one of the good networks you put out on basic cable. You should pay them what they want and get rid of half of the other stations which are so incredibly stupid.

    • Harold says

      I don’t understand that with today’s technology why people can’t choose their own stations. We also watch only a few channels and Suddenlink doesn’t even offer CBS, ABC or FOX On Demand. Give us a choice where we can set our own costs per month by the amount of channels WE choose!

  13. Cissy Bennett says

    You drop AMC, we drop you. We’ll pay the extra cost. AMC and EWTN are the only channels we watch on a regular basis. AMC are greedy SOBs, but give them what they want or we’ll switch …

    • Shawn Russom says

      WOW! AMC is raising their rates THAT much yet Suddenlink is the bad guy?? I don’t understand that at all. Thank you for fighting for me to keep my bill low. When the increase happened I accepted it but I can not afford another increase in my bill. I love AMC but I also love gas in my car and food on my table. My Mother is with Directv and has recieved an email that they too are in negotiations with AMC for the price. AMC is getting greedy because they are now “something” and Suddenlink is to blame?? In this economy all prices are increasing and I thank Suddenlink for making every effort to keep my rates down…. even if it means loosing a channel that I love!

  14. Marty paulsen says

    As far as I am concerned you can let the AMC channels go. I do not watch it very much at all.

    Thank you,
    Marty

  15. Don Ransford says

    I say drop them. If they do not want to be fair, we do not need to watch their programming.

  16. marjorie wright says

    Maybe Suddenlink needs to let AMC know we don’t need them…………..Consider dropping them if they demand an increase of any amount.

  17. Don says

    My letter to AMC requested by Suddelink:

    Sir/Madam:

    I will fully support any decision Suddenlink makes to drop your channels from their lineup.

    They are already charging to much for what they provide. AMC has deteriorated horribly since we started watching it years ago.

    So, go ahead and raise the prices in your contract, Suddenlink should start charging me less if they drop your channels.

    Don Ammons
    Post, Texas

  18. Vicky Arriaga says

    You keep the stupid channels with no morals on your channel lineup(MTV, etc.),but you will not keep my favorite decent channel on? This is the only channel other than my news channels that I watch, especially on the weekends.
    I will tell you that if you DROP AMC, I WILL DROP service with you.
    I would rather pay a little more on monthly service or have it offered as a premium channel than have you drop it completely.

  19. Josh Evans says

    If my bill raises due to any of these channels I will cancel suddenlink. I love you guys and think you’re great, but if they can’t offer a reasonable solution you guys should cut them, not raise your customer’s bill.

  20. William Harris says

    I understand that greed is the underlying driving force for the increases. Presently I am paying what I consider an out rageous amount to view reruns of reruns with virtually few NEW episodes of major network programs. So– you can take this to the bank—one increase and I’m canceling my entire package from Suddenlink. I realize that one customer doing this but I will do all that I can to enlist family and associates to do the same. There are still free TV programs in our area with all three of the major TV networks — so don’t take heed and maybe I can strt the firestorm that will untimately topple your industry! Bill in NC

  21. David says

    … I love how both companies try to play the public off against the other. I guess the sheepe will fall for it.

  22. Kathy says

    If AMC refuses to negotiate, I would rather you put their channels on a separate tier and give customers the choice to opt out of those channels instead of paying a higher cable bill. These are not channels that I watch that often, or need.

  23. Roger Dufour says

    In regards to AMC increasing their rate demands. I strongly reccomend that Suddenlink drop this station if they refuse to be reasonable about rates. It seems to me that in this day of multiple options of movie watching, they don’t have the leverage to make such an uncalled for demand.
    If Suddenlink decides to cave in and raise rates because of this I will immediately ask that that station be taken off of my package and if that cannot be done, I will change my current package to something that is less expensive.
    Demands like this in an economy of people having to tighten their belts just to get by are criminal and money grabing. In my opinion, they are not indispencible and neither are you if you do not refuse to pay this ridiculous blackmail attempt.
    Roger Dufour

  24. Lee in Rocky Mount says

    The cost/benefit of AMC movies is already at the break-even point. There are already too many commercials taking up too many hours. My recommendation is to drop AMC from the Suddenlink network.

  25. Debbie says

    I certainly understand your position AMC in check. Are they the only network threatening an increase? We enjoy the programming on AMC but not at the cost of rising cable bills. Please continue to keep the talks going but tell them how outrageous their demands are and how your customers will not put up with their demands. Sorry to see them go but there are a lot of other networks that could easily take their place.

  26. Heyward Sutherland says

    Please drop them and refund us the difference. I don’t watch it anyway, ever. Paying for something I don’t even want. DROP THEM, PLEASE. Put them on your premium program if anyone wants to pay for it. Be fair to your customers.

  27. Phillis Mitchell says

    I would hope that if you do drop AMC Networks, you will give us, your loyal customers, a pricebreak equal to what you have been paying AMC. We pay through the nose for our Suddenlink service, which includes extra cost for the Expanded Basic level, so it would be only fair for you to give us a bit of a price break, if you have to remove the AMC service.

    thanks,
    Phillis Mitchell

  28. R Jones says

    Shut it off. Programming is not that good. They should up their rates to the advertisers if they are in financial need.
    I don’t like paying for commercials channels anyway.

  29. Ken Walborn says

    E Mail Sent to AMC

    AMC Network:

    My cable service has advised me of AMC’s network demand for higher rates.

    I have told my cable service, Suddenlink, that I would like them to drop AMC Networks. I feel that cable charges are too high already.

    I am of the opinion that Cable TV is marginal and no longer competitive. We currently get our local and national news on the internet and watch most entertainment on our ROKU unit as the Netflix allows better choice of movies.
    The streaming channels Netflix, Huluplus, Amazon, Crackle, Pandora and cnet are available to me for $9.00 per month or a small charge for special movies.

    We are very close to eliminating all cable service.

    Sincerely,

    Ken Walborn

  30. Gala Mikkelson says

    This is the letter I sent to both the contacts that was in our notice…

    I am confused with why I am getting notice that AMC is wanting to hike rates 50% to Sudden Link cable service.

    In today’s economy we live in an economic crunch. I have been long time customer with Sudden link and feel that what you are
    proposing is not fair to us the customers. I have choices with my cable service and would almost rather they drop AMC from
    our choice of channels than to feel like you are bullying them into keeping your service.

    I can not imagine what would be impacting your company that a 50% hike would be justified. I only got a 3% raise this year.
    I provide medical care and feel that my job helps people with their illnesses and disease. I think that makes it rather important and I
    surely didn’t get that much raise this year.

    If there is some other justification than please share with me.

    I think I will send notification to my government officials also to make them aware of what AMC is proposing to my cable company.
    It appears that Sudden Link is trying to provide me with good service is getting caught in the middle of something else.
    They will suffer from what you are proposing. Maybe you are proposing this to all the small and/or large cable companies,
    but I do feel this is unfair.

    Thank you,

    Gala

  31. Martha Johnson says

    If AMC insists on a huge increase, put them on a Premium tier and let the customers decide if the programming is worth the extra money. If AMC isn’t willing to do this, drop them. I don’t watch their channels so I won’t miss them if they go.

  32. Anne M. Duncan says

    I sympathize with most of the people who have posted comments here. In my household, we are searching for an alternative to our Suddenlink cable service that will provide what we do watch without all the “stuff” that we never watch. We feel like victims of an industry that is abusing its power.

    Quite often we look for a movie on the movie channels we are getting, but most of the time there is nothing we want to watch. Of course, all people do not watch the same channels, but offering a way for people to choose what they want to pay for has to happen. Like several other people here, we may well face the need to do without cable since what we are paying is not justified when we only watch a handful of channels.

    Any increase in monthy charges will force us to make changes because, after the recent increases, we are barely affording what we have now.

  33. Jordan says

    I will drop suddenlink. AMC is one of the only channels that I watch, so why keep my service …

  34. Troy & MaryBeth Jarrell says

    We changed TV, Internet, and Phone over to Suddenlink some time ago, and have been happy with it although the the taxes and regulatory fers seem to be getting larger, and more and more. If you raise these prices any higher the avg person will no longer be able to afford it, never mind those of us on fixed income. So you will begin to lose customers … So think about your customer base. Do you really want to lose all of your loyal customers? That’s what’s going to happen if you do this. It’s just WRONG to us!!

  35. Frank says

    Work it out. If you don’t carry AMC you aren’t a real cable option. I’ll have to go somewhere else.

  36. KATHE says

    I’m sorry, but i would say you can let them go ! AMC is just another movie channel there are so many options for movies ( WITH NO COMMERCIALS !!!) I HAVE NOT WATCHED AMC SINCE THEY STARTED ADDED THE COMMERCIALS AND THE MOVIE LINE UP. SOOOO LONG AMC , BET YOU COULD REPLACE WITH SOMETHING ELSE JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER!

  37. walker says

    NO!!! DO NOT ALLOW IT!!! LET THEM GO!!!
    NO BIG LOSS, WE DO NOT NEED THEM!! REPLACE THEM!!!
    REFUSE THE RATE HIKE!!!

  38. Kelly says

    I’d really be disappointed about missing some of my favorite shows. Especially the season finale of The Walking Dead. I’m really considering changing providers.

  39. Missy says

    Please do not drop AMC. My family as well as a lot of our friends really enjoy watching the programs provided. Please reconsider!

  40. mike says

    As far as I’m concerned, you can drop these networks. I never watch any of them anyway. I’ve emailed the same sentiment to the addresses provided. It’s time to make an example of these greedy networks. Put them out of business if that’s what it takes. Then the others will think twice about these unreasonable price hikes.

  41. Hutch says

    Drop AMC. We only have basic (ch. 36) and nobody wants
    to watch “The Sons of Katie Elder” and “Speed” or any other
    of the ancient movies anyway! I say drop AMC.

  42. Reese says

    I watch AMC on a very regular basis. There’s always two sides to every story and as the end user here, we’ll never know all of the facts. I will strongly consider changing providers if this is not resolved.

  43. Kevin Kane says

    I did send emails in response to this proposed price increase but it is my feeling that if a fair increase can’t be negotiated then drop the channel. Maybe if more providers dropped them it might get their attention, if not then so be it I can live without them I just don’t want any more price increases. Kevin Kane Truckee, CA

  44. Tim says

    I am a fan of Suddenlink, and hadn’t watched much AMC in the past – but now with the hit show “The Walking Dead” and other new content – it costs AMC more money to stay in business and keep bringing good content. I’ve had cable with you guys (and your predecessors) for over 30 years. My cable bill is already high – but you have a lot of junk on your lineup. Shopping channels, MTV, Soap opera channels, news channels. Maybe you should consider an a’la carte system – where people pick individual channels they’d like? So we don’t pay for the 50+ channels no one in the household watches each month. I do know, if my rates go up again, or if I’m unable to watch AMC’s the Walking Dead – I will have to find a new provider, even though I prefer not to do so.

  45. Jamie Bates says

    Every time we turn around Suddenlink is raising the bill for their services. If you do not keep AMC CHANNEL without a rate increase you will lose us as 18 + year loyal Suddenlink customers. We will switch providers ASAP. AMC has many of our favorite shows on it and we refuse to be without that channel.

  46. KerryB says

    Drop AMC! There’s nothing worthwhile on those channels anyway. You’d lose a lot more customers by a rate hike than by dropping a couple third rate channels. How about dropping AMC and our cable charges a bit?

  47. WaRPeDReaLiTY says

    Some amount of fee raising IS reasonable! They are puttin’ out high-priced high-ratings shows… Not many other cable channels are doing so. However they need to keep the increase reasonable. Keep in mind that if they don’t get what they want, they may just stop making the expensive shows… :/

  48. Darwi Stanley says

    AMC and its family of veiwing fare are heavily subsidized by extremely large amounts of advertising. AMC stands for American Movie Classics, yet, as of late it has filled large portions of programming with hourly series such as CSI Miami. When they do present a popular movie it will be played multiple times in the week. AMC’s apparent drop in quality has their back against the wall. Their advertisers won’t pay more for ad time so they are left with the consumer to take up the slack. AMC is something I am willing to sacrifice and I think there are many that may feel the same way.

  49. Tim says

    My email to AMC executives – Suddenlink, PLEASE READ:

    To whom it may concern:

    I was hoping to find email addresses for senior leadership at Suddenlink, so that I could include them on this message. If any of you would forward this to them, I would appreciate it!

    I was disturbed to find an email from my cable provider (Suddenlink) informing me that my ability to watch content on AMC could be disrupted, or even taken away. I posted a message on their message board (http://suddenlinkfyi.com), and now I’m emailing you.

    I understand that it costs money to make money. With all the new content you’ve been producing (I am a big Walking Dead fan) – you guys should be compensated for the work you’ve done. I also anticipate that your costs are going to increase, as everyone involved in producing this content is looking at bigger paydays for themselves in upcoming contract negotiations.

    The economy is too fragile, though, to be raising cable rates for customers. I was just speaking with my wife, and it dawned on me that our household is paying nearly $5,000 a year to just to watch television, surf the internet, and talk on cell phones. $5,000/yr!!!

    If my cable rates increase, you’re both going to lose a customer (Suddenlink & AMC). If I lose the ability to watch AMC, you’re both going to lose a customer. I’ll just have to resort to purchasing the Walking Dead DVDs annually and enjoying it that way.

    In many places where we live, Satellite coverage isn’t a viable option due to the terrain…so for a lot of us, it’s Suddenlink, or no AMC.

    I will not pay more for my cable bill. Period.

    If you can’t generate the additional revenue you need by increasing rates for advertising – and you must generate more from the cable companies, then I’d suggest you lobby Suddenlink for more of an a’la carte system where I can pay for the channels my family and I actually watch, and not the 100+ channels we pay for that we never watch.

    Please keep up the great work, and please find a way so that I can continue to enjoy it.

    Thanks,

  50. J.P. Vance says

    I will leave Suddenlink if AMC is not an option. It’s one of the best channels out there.

  51. talkinggirl@suddenlink.net says

    With Hulu, Netflix, and other companies that let you stream online, it really doesn’t matter if you drop these channels. They really aren’t the best ones anyways. That’s probably why they need to raise their rates. In this economy, people can’t and won’t pay too much for cable. I can watch all my shows on abc.com…FOR FREE!!!!
    I say send them a message and tell them you have decided to DROP them!!!!!

  52. Alice says

    AMC is one of many channels on Suddenlink I do not watch. I vote to dump them. It is ridiculous one after another of these companies keep raising rates. I don’t care to keep paying for junky channels I never watch, AMC being one of those.

  53. Diane Ferschoff says

    As far as I am concerned you can drop the greedy bloodsuckers. I don’t watch them anyway so it is no loss to me. However, YOUR rates appear to be rising at any alarming rate and I am considering alternative means of receiving cable and internet services. The American public is tired of being gouged at the pump, the grocery store, et al. We are mad and we’re not gonna take it any more.

    Diane

  54. Debbie J Bunce says

    Suddenlink, I agree with you and so does my husband. Drop AMC, it is not worth it.

  55. Patti Hunt says

    I think we can lose them or place their channels on another pay level option for the ones that think they need AMC! We pay way too much for cable now … Bye Bye AMC!

  56. Rob says

    Really? This is over channels that no one in my home watches anyway, so, I say let them go, who cares? You’re already charging too … much money as it is …

  57. Steve Abernathy says

    Dear Suddenlink and AMC:
    Let the marketplace determine how crucial you are. My budget cannot tolerate an increase in the cable rates. I would prefer Suddenlink to let AMC go and lower my cable rate. Otherwise I will probably let my cable go andrely on other avenues to provide me with news and entertainment.

    Steve

  58. Kevin says

    Really? Everybody is worked up about losing AMC?

    (A lways M ore C ommercials) I say kick’em to the curb…

  59. Tim O'Neill says

    I believe all channels should become a la carte. If people want to watch the programming of AMC, let them pay for it. I’m tired of the “commune” approach. I only watch perhaps 20 channels on the entire line-up but I’m paying for things I find totally offensive. I’d willingly pay equal to what I pay now if I knew my money was only going to the service providers of my selected channels.

    Tim in Big Spring

  60. Cleave says

    … the whole thing is ridiculous … you and the networks can sit around and argue over your millions while we all go download Mad Men on iTunes.