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Verizon, AMC Strike Retrans Deal
New Deal 'in Our Customers' Best Interests' Says Verizon
by Karl Bode 08:45AM Wednesday Dec 12 2012
Verizon and AMC Networks have struck a new retransmission fee agreement for FiOS TV, avoiding any potential service blackouts. While networks like AMC have been trying to scare customers into calling their provider to avoid blackouts during fee negotiations, AMC recently took things one step further and started trying to scare FiOS customers before negotiations really even began.

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"AMC Networks has agreed to an agreement with Verizon that is both reasonable and in our FiOS TV customers' best interests," said Verizon in a 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."

While FiOS customers won't lose channels, they have seen a steady stream of rate hikes from Verizon for both TV and broadband services over the last two years.

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FFH5
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Early deal will result rate hike for sure

An early deal with AMC will result in a rate hike for sure. Verizon Fios is getting more expensive then other cable companies.

winsyrstrife
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Re: Early deal will result rate hike for sure

Meh, I guess it's time to drop TV & phone services altogether. Rate hikes for TV I don't watch...

If I could get my relatives (who live in the same house) to switch to Verizon, we could split the bill, and I could dump my account altogether. Right now they have Cablevision, and their Internet service is poor, at least to this residence.
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Kearnstd
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This is the big flaw with TV today, the cost is ever rising. The volume of ads is ever rising, Cable prices are ever rising.

I sometimes wonder if a sharp uptick in piracy is due in the future.
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Bill Neilson
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Any deal will result in rate hikes for sure

Even no deal results in rate hikes today
Kearnstd
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Re: Early deal will result rate hike for sure

said by Bill Neilson:

Any deal will result in rate hikes for sure

Even no deal results in rate hikes today

Ahh but your provider will tell you they are "increasing value" or some other form of adspeak.
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aaronwt
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Re: Early deal will result rate hike for sure

If only they would put all the sports channels on a sports tier and charge a fee for those. And then lower the cost of the regular programming tier.

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Re: Early deal will result rate hike for sure

never happen

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Re: Early deal will result rate hike for sure

ah, but one can hope and dream...