AMC is throwing a lifeline to DISH network customers who want to watch the season premiere of “Breaking Bad.”
DISH dropped AMC and its sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel and WE at the end of June, when its contract expired. The satellite service says it did so because parent company AMC Networks was asking too much in distribution fees, while AMC has countered that DISH is retaliating after suffering a setback in an unrelated lawsuit involving the two companies.
Whatever the reason, the upshot is that DISH subscribers who are also “Breaking Bad” fans were in danger of missing Sunday’s (July 15) premiere — until AMC stepped in Thursday by offering to stream the show free for those customers.
“Every cable, phone and satellite company other than DISH carries AMC … in their basic package,” AMC says in a statement. “AMC wants its loyal DISH viewers to experience the excitement of the ‘Breaking Bad’ premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors, and we want to give DISH customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.”
Starting Friday afternoon, DISH subscribers can go to AMC’s website to register for access to the live stream, which will run at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, the same time as the on-air premiere.
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that DISH might settle its lawsuit with AMC Networks and Cablevision over the defunct VOOM HD channels before the case is scheduled to go to trial in September. That would likely get AMC back on the satellite service in time for “The Walking Dead’s” fall premiere.