Dish Gets Current

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Current TV reached a carriage agreement with EchoStar Communications that will bring the network’s distribution to more than 38 million homes, officials said Wednesday.

Effective Wednesday, Current will be available through EchoStar’s Dish Network as part of its America’s Top 200 and higher programming packages. The network will also be available in HD on Dish’s America’s Top 200 with DishHD and higher packages.

Within the past year, Current has more than doubled its domestic carriage through new cable and direct-broadcast satellite agreements. The network is now available to customers of the four largest distribution platforms in America -- both DBS distributors, Dish and DirecTV, as well as the two top cable operators, Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

“Doubling the number of subscriber households to 38 million in less than one year is a testament to the power of Current’s programming and to the relevance of viewer-created content,” Current chairman Al Gore said in a prepared statement.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no comment from either Dish or Court TV regarding their dispute. Dish dropped Court TV New Year’s Eve in a contract dispute, and EchoStar chairman Charlie Ergen said earlier this month that he might permanently replace the justice network as of Thursday.

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