DISH dropping AMC this weekend

June 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- U.S. satellite television company DISH says it is dropping AMC -- home of "Mad Men," "The Walking Dead," "The Killing" and "Breaking Bad" -- this weekend.

"The channels that AMC networks are forcing us to deliver just don't give our customers the best content at the best value. It's important to be able to offer the right equation to our customers," a DISH representative told Friday.

The entertainment news Web site said AMC will be replaced by HDNet Movies. WE and IFC also are being dropped.

"It is unfortunate that, in retaliation for an unrelated lawsuit, DISH is punishing its customers by dropping AMC Networks," AMC said in a statement. "DISH customers can no longer watch popular, critically acclaimed series, including the July 15 season premiere of AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' and upcoming and future seasons of AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' 'Hell on Wheels' and 'Mad Men.'"

The DISH representative told the company will not be moved to reconsider by fans of AMC who threaten to cancel their service.

"There are some very popular programs on there," the representative said. "But we are looking at the big picture."

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