As you know, there's a lot of contractual wrangling right now between satellite services and program providers; DirecTV and Viacom are in a nasty fight, and the owner of AMC and other channels is battling with Dish Network. While Viacom has created collateral damage by pulling online replays of its shows for all viewers (so DirecTV subscribers can't see them another way), AMC is making Sunday's season premiere of "Breaking Bad" available to Dish subscribers. The official word:
In response to DISH’s recent drop of AMC to gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit, the network will provide DISH customers access to the highly anticipated return of the Emmy® Award-winning drama “Breaking Bad” on Sunday, July 15, at 10PM EST. AMC is offering a special live stream of “Breaking Bad’s” season five premiere to all DISH subscribers on amctv.com.
Beginning at 3 PM ET on Friday, July 13, DISH subscribers can register for access to the live stream at www.amctv.com/breakingbad4dish.
AMC stated: “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 explosive drama series that Variety calls "simply one of TV's great addictions," stars three-time Emmy® winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Bryan Cranston (Walt White) leading an unforgettable ensemble cast including 2010 Emmy® winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Anna Gunn (Skyler White), Dean Norris (Hank Schrader), Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader), RJ Mitte (Walter, Jr.), Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman), and Jonathan Banks (Mike).