Hallmark Wants to Talk to AT&T

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WASHINGTON — Hallmark Channels
said Friday (Sept. 3) that
negotiations had not resumed
with AT&T over carriage of its
channels on the 2.5-millionsubscriber
U-verse TV service,
but that it was “ready and willing”
to talk.

An AT&T spokesperson
had no comment on the offer
beyond citing AT&T’s Sept.
1 statement, which said the
telco’s customers “had been
denied a fair deal by Hallmark
and Hallmark Movie Channel”
and that U-verse no longer
had the rights to carry the
channels as of one minute
after midnight on Aug. 31,
after the two sides could
not come to terms on a new
carriage agreement.

Hallmark said AT&T sent it
a termination notice, while
AT&T said it offered to keep
the channels on during the
impasse, under existing terms,
but Hallmark declined.

Both sides have declined to
comment on the specifics of
the impasse.

The channels were replaced
on U-verse by Starz Kids
and Turner Classic Movies