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AMC Offers Dish Subscribers 'Breaking Bad' Premiere Live Stream in Wake of Contract Expiration

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 12, 2012 at 2:41PM

Dish recently dropped AMC, and the cable network wants satellite subscribers to know what they're missing: On July 15, the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" 5th season premiere will stream for Dish customers on AMC's website.
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Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'
AMC Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'

Dish recently dropped AMC, and the cable network wants satellite subscribers to know what they're missing: On July 15, the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" 5th season premiere will stream for Dish customers on AMC's website.

Starting at 3pm on Friday, July 13, Dish subscribers can register for access to stream episode 5.1 of Vince Gilligan's meth crime drama for free.

AMC states:

“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.”

The network was dropped by Dish upon its contract expiration on July 1 because it was charging exorbitant fees not in line with the critically acclaimed but low-rated channel. Dish is the second largest satellite TV provider after DirectTV.

This article is related to: AMC, Breaking Bad, Television, TV News, Dish Satellite


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.