'Walking Dead' network AMC settles Dish dispute
Our long national nightmare is finally over: AMC has settled its legal battle with Dish Networks, thus ensuring that Dish subscribers will once again be able to spend their Sunday nights watching the cast of The Walking Dead concoct exciting new ways to stab zombies in the face.
The lawsuit — an arcane dispute rooted in the defunct Voom service — ended this weekend when AMC and Cablevision agreed to a settlement with Dish. According to a press release, Dish agreed to pay AMC and Cablevision $700 million, and also entered into a new multi-year agreement to air the channels comprising AMC Networks — which includes AMC, IFC, the Sundance Channel, and WE tv.
The Dish settlement comes at an auspicious time: Last week’s Dead season premiere earned monstrous, better-than-broadcast ratings, confirming AMC’s status as one of the pre-eminent basic cable networks. The show might add some viewers this week: EW has confirmed that AMC (and its sister networks) will begin airing on Dish in time for subscribers to watch tonight’s Dead.
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