AMC Networks Settles Class-Action Lawsuit for $8.3 Million

By Ehsteem Arif

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AMC Networks has reached a settlement with subscribers following a privacy-related lawsuit concerning its various streaming services, including AMC Plus. The legal battle centered around allegations that AMC violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by using a tracking pixel from Facebook’s parent company, Meta, which allegedly collected personal information without users’ consent.

Lawsuit Origins

A New York resident initiated the lawsuit against AMC last year, accusing the company of incorporating Meta’s tracking pixel into its streaming platforms. This pixel reportedly enabled AMC to gather certain personal details from viewers without their explicit consent, contravening the VPPA’s provisions.


Settlement Details

This month, AMC and the plaintiff reached an agreement resulting in an $8.3 million settlement. Despite denying any wrongdoing, AMC chose to settle to avoid the uncertainties and costs associated with prolonged litigation.


Subscribers who used AMC’s streaming services between January 18, 2021, and January 10, 2024, might be eligible for cash compensation. To qualify, customers must file a claim by early April. The precise payout will depend on the number of claims filed, as well as deductions for court and attorney fees.



Eligible streaming services include:

  • AMC Plus
  • Acorn TV
  • HiDive
  • Shudder
  • Sundance Now

In addition to the cash compensation, eligible claimants will receive a one-week free subscription to AMC Plus.


How to File a Claim

Subscribers need to submit a valid claim by April 9, 2024, to receive compensation. Notifications with unique identifiers will be sent to previous customers, which can be used during the claims process, although claims can also be made without the code. Detailed instructions and the claim submission form are available online.

Changes by AMC

As part of the settlement, AMC has agreed to remove the Meta tracking pixel from its services. The company has also committed to discontinuing the use of similar third-party tracking tools, reinforcing its dedication to user privacy.


Court Approval

A court is expected to approve the settlement on May 16, marking the formal conclusion of this privacy dispute.

The settlement serves as a reminder of the importance of user consent in data collection practices. For affected AMC subscribers, this resolution provides both compensation and a promise of enhanced privacy protections in the future.



Who is eligible for compensation?

Subscribers to AMC streaming services between Jan 18, 2021, and Jan 10, 2024.

What services are included?

AMC Plus, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, HiDive, Shudder, and Sundance Now.


What is the compensation amount?

It depends on the number of valid claims filed.

When is the claim deadline?

All claims must be submitted by April 9, 2024.


How will AMC ensure privacy?

AMC will remove the Meta tracking pixel and stop using similar tools.


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Ehsteem Arif

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