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Walking Dead for DISH Subscribers

AMC getting past Dish Network

By Robert T. Trate     September 29, 2012
Source: AMC

If any Walking Dead fans have been catching up on the series via On Demand you probably already know that DISH has dropped AMC. In all honesty, I’m mad at DISH because I had to hear about it every time there was a break. Well AMC is helping Walking Dead fans out who are DISH subscribers by streaming the season premiere. 

Here is the official word from AMC: 

In response to DISH taking away its customers’ favorite scripted drama series on basic cable* – The Walking Dead - AMC is offering all DISH subscribers a special live stream of the hit show’s season three premiere episode on Sunday, October 14, at 9PM ET/6PM PT on amctv.com.  This streaming event will run concurrently with the television debut so DISH subscribers who are fans of the series can experience this highly-anticipated premiere at the same time it’s available to all other cable and satellite subscribers.  
 
Beginning Friday, September 28 at 9 AM ET, DISH subscribers can register for access to the free live stream of “The Walking Dead” at http://www.amctv.com/thewalkingdead4dish/.
 
AMC stated: "To gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit, DISH has decided to deny their customers access to AMC shows including ‘The Walking Dead,’ the series that has shattered basic cable ratings records.  Although ‘The Walking Dead’ is the #1 basic cable scripted drama for DISH customers, DISH has stated it has no plans to bring back AMC.  DISH customers who want to watch the entire season at the same time as the rest of the country should switch television providers now…time is running out.”
 
DISH dropped AMC, as well as its sister networks, IFC, WE tv and Sundance Channel to gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit.  DISH customers may find information on how to switch providers at www.switchfromdish.com.
 
“The Walking Dead,” hailed by Entertainment Weekly asthe “greatest thriller ever produced for television” follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors who must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living.  Season three of “The Walking Dead” will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14 and the final episodes returning beginning February 2013.
 
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics,
“The Walking Dead” stars Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, and Melissa McBride.
 
Joining the cast for season three are David Morrissey and Danai Gurira along with her zombie pets.
 
The series is executive produced by show runner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth and Evan Reilly as co-executive producers.
 
The season premiere of “The Walking Dead” will be complemented by a wealth of exclusive content at www.amctv.com. Fans can check out “Inside The Walking Dead” videos, episode sneak peeks, “Talked About Scenes,” “Talking Dead” bonus scenes, production diary interviews with the cast and crew, production photo galleries, fan trivia and new behind-the scenes videos from the set in Atlanta.
 
The season premiere of “The Walking Dead,” coincides with AMC’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest.  Celebrating its 16th year, AMC Fearfest will feature 19 consecutive days of themed programming and more than 70 films, running from Saturday, October 13 through Wednesday, October 31.
 
“The Walking Dead” reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 and is the highest rated scripted drama series among DISH subscribers (Source: Nielsen Media Research 4Q11 – 1Q12 A 18-49 (000) Dish Universe. The series has garnered two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up, a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, and a WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media, among other accolades.
 
* “The Walking Dead” is the highest rated scripted drama series among DISH subscribers (Source: Nielsen Media Research 4Q11 – 1Q12 A 18-49 (000) Dish Universe. 

 

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Chopsaki 9/29/2012 11:57:21 AM

Direct TV went through something similar to this awhile back. It wasn't a lawsuit though it was a contract renegotiation. From what I understand Dish backed out of a contract to carry AMC affiliate Voom HD's suite of channels in 2008 and now AMC wants 2.5 billion in damages. Dish is using the channel blackout as leverage to pressure AMC into a smaller settlement.

redslayer 9/29/2012 1:44:20 PM

Can't wait for season 3 to start!  This promise to be a great season.

domino2008 9/29/2012 11:56:10 PM

This a good example of corporate greed . Not only DISH  channels  not allowing its customers access to what they are paying for , but making them pay for their problems . Even cable companies are outragous with their prices of monthly cable . I know We pay over a hundred dollars a month for cable . If people boycotted them for a month , perhaps they would alter their prices an give the customer what they want instead of stuffing their wallets with our money an not giving us what we pay for !

reek 9/30/2012 9:58:11 AM

Hopefully it won't be long before the idiocy of broadcast/cable TV networks is a thing of the past.  Streaming/On Demand is the obvious future of television.  DISH and DirecTV should be joining Blockbuster in obsolescence soon.

Brodee 9/30/2012 8:28:33 PM

@ Reek: Dish actually owns Blockbuster now. Coincidence?

I'll say this for Dish though - Because of the whole AMC fiasco, Dish gave me a brand new Roku XS with HDMI cable and a $35 credit on my bill so I could stream the episodes on Amazon. So if you're a Dish customer, it actually worked out pretty well.

Dazzler 10/1/2012 4:14:36 AM

I don't have it but is WD on Netflicks?  I don't need Dish nor Netflicks but friends who are trying to save money on tv in general, until economy changes (obama out of office in other words). 

DarthBob 10/1/2012 5:18:43 AM

I think they just added season 2 on Netflix.  Gonna try to rewatch the last few episodes at least so that I can shake off the WD rust.

undataka1992 10/3/2012 10:53:47 AM

 Obama for the idiot thief Rommney.  Fool PLZ @DAZZLER

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