A couple weeks ago, AMC Networks programming went dark for Dish Network customers, after a dispute over carriage fees went south. Now, in what can pretty succinctly be described as a big "screw you" to Dish, AMC has announced plans to stream this Sunday's fifth season premiere of Breaking Bad directly to Dish Network's over 14 million subscribers.
Beginning today at 3pm EST, Dish customers can to this web site and register their info. Those who register will be given access to a live stream of Breaking Bad as it airs Sunday at 10pm EST. It's really as simple as that.
AMC also released a statement to the public, which serves to further their attack line against Dish - "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".
Yep disgruntled Dish viewers, this is a one time deal. If you want to see the rest of the Breaking Bad season as it airs, you'll have to find a new TV provider. Either that, or pursue various legally questionable avenues online, which obviously come with their own pitfalls. Of course, there is always a chance that this dispute will end sooner rather than later, and AMC will return to its regular spot in the Dish channel lineup. I'm not holding my breath at this point though, with both sides continuing to take public shots at each other.
Is this a good move by AMC in their war against Dish Network? Or should both companies just grow up and cooperate already?