With Dish subscribers losing access to AMC programming in a carriage dispute, AMC has decided to make the Season 5 premiere of the Emmy-winning drama "Breaking Bad" available to Dish customers for free if they go online, reports TheWrap.com.
Beginning at 3 p.m. ET tomorrow, Friday, July 13, Dish subscribers can register for access to the live stream of the premiere at this Web page. The premiere, which airs on the network this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, will stream on AMCtv.com.
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.”
Dish dropped the AMC networks — including IFC and WE tv — in early July, unwilling to pay carriage charges it felt were not supported by the ratings.
The move comes on the heels of a decision by Viacom, which is embroiled in a separate dispute with Dish, to make the seemingly contradictory move of pulling some of its content from online platforms, as previously reported.