Fubo TV no longer offers nine AMC Networks cable offerings due to the company’s distribution contract ending.
AMC-owned channels – AMC, AMC Premiere, BBC America, BBC World News, the Spanish-language networks El Gourmet and Mas Chic, IFC, Sundance TV, and We TV – had been offered on the streaming content distributor since 2018.
“FuboTV’s content agreement with AMC Networks expired at the end of 2022,“ the company said. “We are focused on super-serving our passionate sports customers as evident by our recent agreement to launch Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Bally Sports regional sports networks in the coming weeks. As a sports-first live TV streaming platform, Fubo’s mission is to provide leading sports, news and entertainment content while keeping costs reasonable for consumers.”
Along with sports channels, Fubo offers channels from Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery and E.W. Scripps.
According to the company’s website, Fubo won’t provide any credits or refunds for the loss of AMC channels. Customers of Fubo will be able to view any Cloud DVR recordings of AMC content until users choose to delete them.
“While we are always open to adding AMC Networks to our list in the future, we presently have no plans to do so,” Fubo noted on its website.
“We are disappointed we could not reach an agreement with fuboTV, which is primarily focused on sports programming, to continue carrying AMC, BBC America, WE tv, IFC, SundanceTV, and BBC World News,” AMC Networks said in a statement. “These networks remain available through other major cable, satellite and digital TV providers and viewers can also subscribe to our AMC Plus streaming offering for popular and award-winning television series and films from several brands within the AMC Networks family.”
It’s a period of transition for AMC, the network known for delivering some of the most critically acclaimed original scripted series of the past 15 years, such as Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. AMC Networks CEO Christina Spade abruptly exited the company late last year after just three months on the job. Cablevision James Dolan chief executive is currently serving as AMC’s interim executive chairman until the company can find a replacement CEO.
Dolan recently said AMC Networks is forecasting “a large-scale layoff as well as cuts to every operating area” in an attempt to counteract losses from traditional linear TV assets and a pivot to streaming.