Impasse Between Telco, Programmer Continues
Mike Reynolds -- , 10/15/2010 3:56:00 PM
There is still no deal between AT&T U-verse and Hallmark Channels.
In response to a post from someone who said there were subscribers to the high-end U450 U-verse tier that could get Hallmark, AT&T had initially responded in a post Thursday that "If someone is seeing it come up, it may be a glitch in the system."
But a spokesperson said Friday: "We looked into it further, and the reports on Facebook were simply inaccurate."
Hallmark and Hallmark Movie Channel have been off the telco's MVPD service since the end of August, following the expiration of their contract.
Hallmark subs could be confusing programs that air on the network with the same shows that also appear elsewhere on U-Verse. AT&T says on its Web page about the carriage dispute that "several of Hallmark's programs are available on other U-verse channels."
A Hallmark spokesperson said that was likely a reference to shows like I Love Lucy, Golden Girls or Who's the Boss, that are not exclusive to the channel. She added that "it does not mean any of our originals or exclusive content."
Am AT&T U-verse spokesperson confirmed that the reference on the site was to off-network sitcoms that also run on other nets.
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