As Season 3 of The Walking Dead gets ready to roll in the US, viewers who use DISH satellite receivers will most likely miss out as the cable provider has blacked out AMC – along with many other channels like WEtv and the Sundance channel – allegedly over a lawsuit dispute. American owners of DISH satellites are currently missing out on shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, yet according to AMC are still paying for the channels and shows that they’re not receiving.
To protest this and raise awareness, AMC have hit back at DISH with this hilarious promotional video, where they staged a zombie invasion of New York and successfully scared the pants off the city’s residents with zombie make-up of the same quality you’d see on The Walking Dead. Even if you’re unaffected by the DISH blackout, the video is worth watching for new characters like Traffic Cop Zombie, Shopaholic Zombie, and Roadwork Construction Zombie, as well as the reactions of people who run into them.
Here’s AMC’s official statement, taken from the Put Zombies Back On TV site:
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.