Dish settles with AMC, Cablevision

Andrew Lincoln (right) as Sheriff Rick Grimes in a scene from the season three premiere episode of "The Walking Dead.”


Andrew Lincoln (right) as Sheriff Rick Grimes in a scene from the season three premiere episode of "The Walking Dead.”

NEW YORK — Satellite TV company Dish Network Corp. said Sunday that it has settled a lawsuit with AMC Networks and its sister company Cablevision Systems Corp. about a now defunct programming service.

As part of the settlement, Dish will pay $700 million in cash to Cablevision and AMC Networks. About $80 million of the cash settlement will be used for the purchase of Cablevision’s multichannel video and data distribution services licenses in 45 metropolitan areas in the United States, according to the companies.


Dish, which is based in Englewood, Colo., and has 14 million subscribers, also agreed to resume carrying AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, and We tv.

The lawsuit had centered on Dish’s decision for cutting short a deal to carry AMC’s Voom HD, dedicated to high-definition programming.

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In July, the AMC channels ended up in the crosshairs of the legal dispute. Dish dropped AMC, citing that the channels cost too much. But AMC argued Dish was just trying to gain leverage in the lawsuit. AMC had said that 13 percent of its subscriber base was affected by the blackout.

AMC is home to such shows as ‘‘Breaking Bad’’ and ‘‘The Walking Dead.’’

As part of a multiyear agreement, the AMC channel will be carried on Dish Channel 131, starting Sunday.


Other AMC Network programming will return to Dish on Nov. 1. The Madison Square Garden’s music-oriented Fuse channel will begin broadcast Nov. 1 as well.

‘‘We are glad to partner again with Dish Network and are delighted to bring back our popular channels and programming to their customers,’’ Josh Sapan, president and chief executive of AMC Networks, said in a statement.

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