Verizon FiOS, AMC avert blackout with carriage deal

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Facing contract expiration on 31 December, Verizon FiOS has reached a renewal carriage pact with AMC Networks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"AMC Networks has agreed to an agreement with Verizon that is both reasonable and in our FiOS TV customers' best interests," the company said in its statement. "This means that there is no risk of losing any AMC Networks channels. We've worked hard on behalf of our FiOS TV customers to reach an agreement with AMC. We'll continue to fight for our customers to ensure they continue receiving all of the great programming they've come to expect."

AMC Networks has had an up-and-down carriage renewal track with pay-TV operators despite being the home of top-rated cable series like the Walking Dead and Mad Men. Over the summer DISH Network dropped its programming for several weeks. Recently the basic cable fixture has inked deals with AT&T, Suddenlink and others.