Executives at AMC Networks acknowledged Thursday that tough negotiations with Amazon were behind Amazon’s taking AMC’s streaming services Shudder and Sundance Now off Amazon Channels, the tier of Amazon Prime Video that lets subscribers sign up for services owned by other companies. On a call with analysts to talk about AMC’s third quarter earnings, AMC’s COO Ed Carroll noted there were some “bumps in the road” in figuring out the deal points but they had been resolved and both services were again available on Channels.
The Information reported last week that Amazon has been looking to increase its cut of Amazon Channel subscriber fees by 10 to 20 percentage points. It’s unclear what the two sides settled on but Amazon was playing hardball: it took Shudder off Amazon during the Halloween season, no doubt a big time for signs ups for the horror movie service. If Amazon did end up getting the terms they wanted, it sends a strong message to other media companies about its power in the subscription streaming video world.