When AMC went to renegotiate its contract with Rogers, they must’ve sent Don Draper in to close the deal. After a PR scare campaign that encouraged subscribers to call their service provider–much like a certain music television network did, back in the day–AMC not only took round one against the major media conglomerate; they appear to have won the war. As the above customer communication states, AMC is moving down the dial from 55 to 32, with FX Canada taking over its old spot. OLN also gets bumped up in the process, as BBC World News bites the dust (or at least gets relegated to channel 194).
But by far the biggest loser is Spike TV, home of such popular programs as Auction Hunters, Bar Rescue, Ink Master, TNA Wrestling and my personal favourite, 1,000 Ways to Die. The self-proclaimed Guys Network is taking it like a little girl, sent to the kitchen to get the cookies from the top shelf–shelf number 279, to be precise. Way to Die #279: A Good Rogering!
Now, I just checked my TV set, and I do get channel 279. Of course, I can also watch Spike on channel 32–for now. But as the message above clearly states (at least if you click to blow it up), Spike TV will no longer be part of VIP. It’s now going to be part of the Ultimate Digital Specialty and/or Classic TV Theme Pack. And hey, don’t get me wrong, Spike is definitely classic TV. Did I mention that they show all the Star Wars movies back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back every other weekend? But man, I shouldn’t hafta pay for Comedy Gold, DejaView and Mystery TV just to get a little TNA!*
All I know is that they better get this shit sorted out before the next season of Ink Master, otherwise Ima hafta go all Clint Cummings on their asses…
*Full disclosure: I don’t actually watch TNA wrestling. But Spike used to show a whole lotta boobies at 2 am.