AMC To Provide Dish Subs Live Web Stream Of 'Breaking Bad' Premiere7/12/2012 11:33 AM Eastern
AMC Networks will provide Dish Network customers access to the Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad on Sunday, July 15, on its website, after the satellite operator dropped the programmer's networks last month.
Beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday, July 13, Dish subscribers can register for access to the live stream at www.amctv.com/breakingbad4dish. The webcast will stream Sunday from 10-11 p.m. Eastern.
On June 30, Dish replaced AMC, IFC and WeTV with Mark Cuban's AXS and HDNet Movies and Comcast's Style.
In a statement, AMC said: "Every cable, phone and satellite company other than Dish carries AMC and its popular programming, including Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men, in their basic package. 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."
AMC spokeswoman Georgia Juvelis said there are no plans to offer online streaming of any other shows, or provide subsequent episodes of Breaking Bad.
The live stream of Breaking Bad on July 15 will require Dish customers to register for access, but it will be on the "honor system," Juvelis said, meaning AMC does not have a way to verify whether a user is a Dish subscriber.
Dish did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to AMC, Dish dropped its networks without any negotiations. The programmer claims the DBS operator's decision was related to ongoing litigation with Dish regarding its deal to carry Voom HD, the suite of defunct channels owned by a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems' Rainbow Media Holdings, AMC Networks' predecessor company.
Dish has said it decided to not renew the carriage deal with AMC because of declines in viewership of the networks among customers did not justify the price increase the programmer was asking for.
"AMC Networks' very limited popular programming is non-exclusive, and available to our customers through multiple other outlets such as Amazon.com, iTunes and Netflix," Dish said in May.
In a separate carriage spat, Viacom on Wednesday pulled dozens of free full-length episodes from its websites. That came after Viacom failed to reach an agreement with DirecTV for its networks and the satellite operator stopped carrying them around midnight July 10.