Stopgap measure ensures that TWC customers will continue to enjoy "Portlandia" and "Bridezillas" while a longer-term agreement is hashed out
Could the cheer and goodwill of the holiday season be bringing a cease-fire in the cable carriage wars?
At least for the time being, it seems so.
AMC Networks and Time Warner Cable have agreed to a temporary extension for TWC to carry AMC's WE tv and IFC, a Time Warner spokeswoman told TheWrap on Monday.
The extension, which comes ahead of a midnight deadline, will give the two companies more time to hammer out a longer-term deal, and prevents IFC and WE tv from going dark for TWC customers early next year.
It is not known how long the extension lasts for, or how close the two sides are to reaching a more lasting pact.
Meanwhile, as TWC customers await word on how long they'll be able to keep watching such IFC and WE tv fare as "Portlandia" (pictured) and "Bridezillas," TWC said Monday that it has come to a more permanent agreement with Crown Media Family Networks to carry Hallmark-related programming.
Like the TWC/AMC stopgap measure, details on the Hallmark agreement were scant.
"Time Warner Cable and Crown Media Family Networks have reached a mutually beneficial long-term agreement for carriage of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel," TWC and Crown said in a joint statement. "Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed."