MUMBAI: TV viewers in the US will be happy for Dish Network and A+E Networks have decided to continue with their content sharing deal. The duo has agreed to terms for a multi-year contract renewal. With this, Dish customers will have access to A+E Networks’ high-quality content and award-winning programming from its entire portfolio.
This innovative agreement includes OTT multi-stream rights for live and Video-on-Demand (VOD) content. It also expands Dish customers’ access to programming on the satellite service through increased distribution of H2 and FYI in the America’s Top 200 programming package, as well as authenticated live and VOD A+E Networks’ programming on Internet-connected devices.
The renewal applies to the entire suite of A+E Networks’ channels, among the top brands in the media landscape, including: A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, H2, History en Espa?ol, Crime + Investigation and Military History.
“I am pleased to call A+E Networks an innovative partner in developing this wide-ranging, creative agreement that will help to define the future of TV,” said Dish president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton through a statement. “Together we are enhancing the customer experience with fresh, dynamic programming that Dish customers will be able to watch when and how they prefer,” he added.
The new OTT rights allow access to A+E Networks’ content through a future multi-stream subscription service of linear and VOD content. With this capability, the content will be available to an untapped segment of customers that is seeking a flexible, content-driven and internet-accessible service.
“We have had a great partnership with Dish for many years and we are delighted that this renewal will carry our partnership well into the future,” said A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. “We are thrilled that Dish’s valued customers will be able to enjoy A+E Networks’ award-winning portfolio of brands across their multiple platforms. We continue to grow and make significant investments in new brands, and as such, we’re particularly pleased with the expanded distribution of FYI and H2.”
The renewal also expands the authenticated A+E Networks programming available to Dish customers at home or on-the-go via internet-connected devices – televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and other devices. Dish customers will be able to use the Dish Anywhere app, dishanywhere.com or A+E Networks’ web properties and apps to view live, VOD and full-season content.