A month after telling subscribers it is being forced to drop AMC because it couldn’t reach a deal on renewing its contract, Videotron announced on Friday that it has reached a new deal with the popular American channel on the last business day before the channel was to be dropped.
Videotron tells me that “thanks to much effort and perseverance” it has managed to “make the voices of our clients heard.”
Details are confidential, and Videotron declined to tell me even how long their new deal is, but it says the deal “responds to the reality of our regional market” and is satisfactory to both parties. Videotron had previously suggested that AMC’s previous offer was unreasonable because it’s in a francophone market where a smaller fraction of its subscribers would be interested in such a channel.
Videotron tells me that there will be no change to AMC’s packaging. The channel is in some grandfathered theme packages, the Movie Network package, build-your-own packages (with a $2/month surcharge), or completely à la carte for $10 a month.
Thanks to the new deal, there will be a free preview for all digital cable subscribers, from Feb. 12 to 28.
AMC isn’t quite as popular as during the days of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, but it still has The Walking Dead, whose new season begins Feb. 25, as well as series like Better Call Saul and Halt and Catch Fire.
UPDATE (Feb. 10): Videotron’s press release is here.
That’s wonderful news…I was looking forward to the new season of Better Call Saul and was very disappointed with the possibility of losing AMC to the point of seriously downsizing my cable package or even jumping ship to Bell.
Too bad I already jumped ship. Bell Alt TV is pretty great.
Thank you videotron for listening to your customers!!!