AMC is Back on DISH

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October 22nd, 2012

via press release:
AMC is back on DISH: Channel 131. Catch last week's season premiere of The Walking Dead at 8PM EST, immediately followed by an all-new episode at 9PM EST. You can catch a new episode of Talking Dead at 11PM EST as well. Thanks to all our fans for their support.

Cablevision and AMC Networks Announce
Settlement in VOOM HD Litigation With DISH Network


BETHPAGE, N.Y., October 21, 2012 - Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) and AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) today announced that they have settled their litigation with DISH Network LLC (NASDAQ: DISH) related to VOOM HD Holdings LLC. The lawsuit, VOOM HD Holdings LLC v. EchoStar Satellite LLC, was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

The settlement agreements include the following components:

  • DISH Network pays a cash settlement of $700 million to Cablevision and AMC Networks, $80 million of which is in consideration for the purchase of Cablevision’s multichannel video and data distribution service (MVDDS) licenses in 45 metropolitan areas in the U.S.;
  • DISH Network enters into a long-term distribution agreement with AMC Networks to carry AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, and with The Madison Square Garden Company to carry Fuse on its satellite service; and
  • DISH also conveys its 20-percent membership interest in VOOM HD to Rainbow Programming Holdings LLC, such that all of the cash settlement remains with Cablevision and AMC Networks.

Promptly after payment of the cash settlement is received, the parties will file a joint stipulation to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. The allocation of the settlement proceeds between Cablevision and AMC Networks will be determined pursuant to the existing agreement relating to this litigation between the two companies.

Said Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks: “We are glad to partner again with DISH Network and are delighted to bring back our popular channels and programming to their customers.”

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the Company owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states.  Cablevision’s local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group. Cablevision also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the web at

About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing and distributing quality programming and content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming feed origination and distribution company.

This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of Cablevision and AMC Networks and their respective businesses, operations, financial condition and the industries in which each operates and the factors described in the respective companies’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein. Cablevision and AMC Networks each disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Wasn’t it back on last night? I recall a few people on different forums saying they had it back last night just in time for the new ep of Walking Dead.

  • richard

    good for both parties. walking dead was awesome! last night

  • MockingbirdGirl

    @Jeff – Yes, it was publicized elsewhere prior to last night’s broadcast.

    No surprise, really. After last week’s ratings, it was clear that Dish needs AMC more than AMC needs Dish.

  • jp

    Duhhhh last weeks ratings were AWESSSSOMEEE, dish needs AMC right now more than ever

  • Meanie

    Dish wasn’t stupid. They seem them ratings and pickup them back up in a heart beat. Dish knows if it wants to compete with DirectTv is can’t be dropping a channel that has a huge fan base.


    Translation: DISH came to its senses

  • Tommy Mickens

    So basically, Dish and AMC played chicken and Dish lost, as I thought they would way back when they first dropped AMC. I love seeing Dish shame-faced and having to pay out big-time to get AMC back on.

  • City Kitty

    Dish viewers are lucky to get this back, after last nights zombie killing numbers, their viewers are not going to want to miss any more episodes.

    Just wait till that baby starts crying all the time!!!!

  • merranga

    i’m just excited to be able to go to amc’s website without having to X out of that stupid DISH notice.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Cable companies already get paid by the subscribers. To then turn around and expect money from the networks is absurd. The networks get paid by the advertisers to offset production costs. The cable companies get local avails to sell their own advertising during the programming.

    Who gave these cable outfits all this power?

  • Ralph Hahn

    P.S. By “cable companies,” I am also referring to dish providers.

  • David

    I hope people realize that when more channels win, you lose. They want more money and if they constantly get more money the cost will go the the customer because billionaires do not like taking pay cuts.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @David: I get so many channels and I watch no more than ten.

    The time has come for ala carte cable selection. Pay a flat fee and for each channel you watch. After the Election, write to your Federal representives and demand it!

  • swrazor

    While I love TWD. I don’t agree with the premise dish came to their senses. Before TWD There weren’t many popular shows on AMC. What is going to happen when it ends?

    As it stands, us dish subscribers will get this passed on to us. So in effect we’ll be paying extra monthly for one show and it will last long after twd ends.

    People that demanded dish cave probably don’t realize this. I would rather pay once for the DVD sets.

  • jessica

    Why is the time mentioned in EST when it was and would still be EDT for about 2 weeks? If one were to read this press release and adjust it into EDT or CDT or PDT or MDT they would miss the show. Gotta love people who freely and randomly interchange EST and EDT, especially in press releases about tv show schedules. It is the difference between getting to see the whole episode versus tuning in for the last 5 seconds of it thinking it is coming on next.

    @ swrazor
    AMC will have another show. If all you want from AMC is The Walking Dead then don’t subscribe to the channel. Buy it on Amazon or iTunes and only have to wait 6 or 7 hours for it past the time people who get AMC first saw it. Or do wait even longer and buy it on BD or DVD.

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