Dish Network customers will have new viewing opportunities, but also have to pay for additional channels, as a result of the multi-year agreement. Like most new pay TV carriage deals, this one expands Dish’s ability to offer A+E Networks programming on VOD and via digital streaming platforms. It specifically includes Dish’s planned linear and VOD streaming service, expected to be a low-cost alternative to conventional pay TV but only available to individuals — not entire households. But Dish also agreed to add A+E’s H2 (a History Channel spinoff) and FYI (the newly rebranded Biography Channel) to its America’s Top 200 package. The deal gives Dish rights to other A+E channels including LMN (formerly Lifetime Movie Network), History en Espanol, Crime + Investigation, and Military History.
Dish CEO Joseph Clayton says the pact “will help to define the future of TV.” A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc says she’s “particularly pleased with the expanded distribution of FYI and H2.”
The streamed content will be available both in and out of home via the Dish Anywhere app, dishanywhere.com, A+E Networks’ web properties and apps.