With the third season of AMC's The Walking Dead looming (its premiere date is October 14), and the network's conflict with DISH Network still hasn't been resolved. As of now, there's no AMC available to customers of DISH, and in addition to their Switch From DISH campaign, AMC has issued a statement and started a new site, Put Zombies Back, in which they urge unsatisfied DISH customers to contact their provider and let them know that they expect things to be back to normal by the time the walkers return in October.
The network, however, doesn't have much faith that'll happen, cautioning viewers through the website that "you will not see AMC Networks' programming on DISH anytime soon."
To that end, AMC sent a makeup team to Manhattan to loose a handful of zombies on the Big Apple and record some of the reactions they got on the street. Both the unique walkers and the reactions they got are pretty great, and the video is worth watching, whether or not you're a DISH customer affected by the AMC blackout.
And, the official statement is below:
Did you know that AMC just received the most Emmy nominations of any basic cable channel? 34 nominations for shows like “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, “The Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels”. Yet despite the popularity and demand for these shows, DISH continues to black out AMC, IFC, WE tv, and Sundance Channel. To add insult to injury, DISH continues to charge you for them; you just no longer receive them.
DISH’s decision to drop AMC, WEtv, IFC and Sundance Channel had nothing to do with our fees, or our shows. In fact, unlike almost every other dispute you see between providers and programmers, and despite DISH’s misleading claims to the contrary, this is not about fees.
The simple truth is that DISH is using their consumers as pawns to attempt to gain leverage in a lawsuit involving an old and unrelated business venture that has nothing to do with AMC, nothing to do with our shows or fees, and certainly nothing to do with DISH subscribers, who just want to watch the shows they love and are paying DISH for. You will not see any AMC Networks’ shows on DISH any time soon.
In other words, since DISH’s reason for depriving you of AMC programming is based on a lawsuit that won’t be resolved for a long time, this problem won’t be solved shortly, unlike other disputes between programmers and providers, which typically are resolved in a matter of days (weeks at most).
If you want to watch “Breaking Bad”,” Hell on Wheels”, “The Walking Dead”, and “Mad Men”, you will have to switch TV providers. We can help you do that. The good news is, every other cable, phone and satellite company — except DISH — carries AMC in their basic package. Many providers are offering special incentives for people to switch.
Call now at 1-855-2-DROP-DISH (1-855-237-6734) and let us help you gain access to the shows your friends and neighbors are watching.
Thank you for your support of our shows and our networks. We want you to be able to watch the TV you love, and we’ll do whatever we can to help make that possible.