DirecTV drops 17 Viacom Networks - Includes Nick, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and more

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(Best Syndication News) - DirecTV said that they were unable to reach an agreement with Viacom to keep their channels on the air while they negotiate a new contract. The channels that DirecTV pulled from the air include Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and 14 other channels.

Viacom is reporting that 26 channels have been removed off DirecTV’s service. However, this is counting the HDTV and regular versions, which are airing the same content. The channels that were removed are Palladia, Centric, Tr3s, CMT, Logo, NickToons, VH1 Classic, TeenNick, Nick Jr., Nick@Nite, Spike, BET, VH1, TV Land, Comedy Central, Nick, and MTV.

Andy Griffith dies at home in North Carolina

(Best Syndication News) - Actor, Andy Griffith died today at his home in North Carolina. He was 86. The actor is most known for the 1960’s TV series, The Andy Griffith Show, and for the 1980’s and 90’s TV series Matlock.

In the 1950’s, Griffith started his entertainment career in music and was a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Steve Allen Show. He also acted on Broadway and had acted in films before he became known for his role as Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, which started airing in 1960 and ran through 1968.

AT&T U-Verse TV reaches agreement with AMC Networks while DISH Network switches to HDNet Movies

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(Best Syndication News) - Both DISH Network and AT&T U-Verse TV have been trying to come to an agreement with AMC Networks. AT&T U-Verse TV reached an agreement to continue to carry the AMC Network channels. DISH Network on the other hand, did not reach an agreement and have dropped AMC from their channel lineup, which includes AMC, IFC, and WE tv channels.

AT&T announced that they have reached a reasonable distribution agreement with AMC Networks to continue to carry AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WE tv channels. The two companies arrived at the agreement this Sunday, July 1.

Ann Curry replaced by Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s ‘TODAY’

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(Best Syndication News) - A dramatic exit for Ann Curry as co-anchor happened on Thursday on NBC’s ‘TODAY’ TV show. On Friday, Savannah Guthrie was filling in for Curry’s co-anchor position on the TV show.

Curry gave a tearful goodbye on Thursday as she said she will no longer be co-anchor on the show. Curry will still be reporting, but has been deemed a reporter at large for the 'TODAY' show, and will also be a corresponding reporter for NBC News.

Guthrie has been co-hosting the 9 o’clock hour since August 2011. Guthrie also has been NBC's chief legal analyst. She has been with the network since 2007. She was officially introduced as the permanent replacement for Ann Curry on Friday’s show.

AT&T U-Verse TV and Dish Network threaten to drop AMC Networks starting July 1

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(Best Syndication News) - AT&T U-Verse TV announced that their contract with AMC Networks is due to expire at the end of the day on June 30, 2012. Another provider, Dish Network, also failed at negotiating an agreement and said that they will also end playing AMC Networks on their satellite service this weekend. If agreements can be reached, the AMC network of channels might stay put.

AT&T said that they have tried to negotiate a fair agreement to air the channels, which include AMC, IFC, and WE tv. AT&T also said that AMC Networks is asking almost twice as much as what other networks are paid.

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