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AMC Networks Inc. Reports Full Year And Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Based on the Company's fair value assessment of the affiliation agreement, the affiliate fees payable by DISH Network to the Company from the effective date of the affiliation agreement of October 21, 2012 through December 31, 2013 are below fair value by approximately $31 million and the affiliate fees payable by DISH Network over the remaining terms of the affiliation agreement represent fair value. As a result, the Company recorded the $31 million excess of the fair value of the affiliation agreement over the contractual affiliation fees as deferred revenue on October 21, 2012, of which approximately $5 million was recognized as revenue during 2012 as the programming services were provided. The remaining $26 million is included in deferred revenue in the December 31, 2012 consolidated balance sheet and will be recognized ratably over 2013 as the programming services are provided.

In connection with the VOOM HD settlement agreement, DISH Network paid $700 million to an account for the benefit of Cablevision Systems Corporation ("Cablevision") and the Company. Pending a determination of the allocation of the settlement proceeds, $350 million of the cash proceeds was distributed to each of Cablevision and the Company. Accordingly, the portion disbursed to the Company is included in cash and cash equivalents in the consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2012. The final amount to be allocated to the Company is yet to be determined and may be significantly less than $350 million.

Please see the Company's Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2012 for further details.

Debt

On December 17, 2012, the Company issued $600 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.75% senior notes due December 2022. The Company used the proceeds of this offering to repay its term loan B facility. In connection with this repayment, the Company recorded a write-off of $12 million principally related to a loss on the extinguishment of the debt. Additionally, the company recorded an unrealized loss of $9 million on the related interest swap contracts, which is included in interest expense.

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