AT&T pulled Crown Media's pair of Hallmark Channels from its U-verse service Wednesday, and talks between the parties have not resumed after they failed to come to terms on a contract. Also at U-verse, the service's
Spanish-language lineup has increased 50% after adding 19 channels to its Paquete package, AT&T said.
With carriage-contract negotiations at a standstill over pricing, AT&T's U-verse service has pulled the plug on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel programming. "We are very disappointed that Hallmark has refused to provide AT&T and its customers with a fair deal -- one that is no worse than similarly-sized and smaller providers -- and refused to adhere to key obligations under our current deal," AT&T said.
Crown Media is said to be at a standstill in its carriage negotiations with AT&T's U-verse service. If the two sides can't come to an agreement, the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel could be removed from the TV service by Tuesday. Crown also is in the middle of carriage talks with the National Cable Television Cooperative.
Rainbow Media has reached a carriage deal with AT&T's U-verse TV service that averts the possibility that U-verse would take Rainbow networks such as AMC, IFC, WE tv and the Sundance Channel off the air. In a statement, Rainbow said the accord "truly recognizes the value of our networks."