AMC announced today that it will offer Dish Network customers the first episode of the upcoming The Walking Dead Season 3 in a free live stream.
"In response to DISH taking away its customers' favorite scripted drama series on basic cable -- The Walking Dead -- AMC is offering all DISH subscribers a special live stream of the hit show's season three premiere episode on Sun., Oct. 14, at 9PM ET/6PM PT on AMCtv.com," AMC said in a blog post. "This streaming event will run concurrently with the television debut so DISH subscribers who are fans of the series can experience this highly-anticipated premiere at the same time it's available to all other cable and satellite subscribers."
"To gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit, DISH has decided to deny their customers access to AMC shows including The Walking Dead, the series that has shattered basic cable ratings records," AMC said in a statement. "Although The Walking Dead is the #1 basic cable scripted drama for DISH customers, DISH has stated it has no plans to bring back AMC. DISH customers who want to watch the entire season at the same time as the rest of the country should switch television providers now...time is running out."
Unfortunately, some Dish customers are locked into contracts, and it's not that easy. People may be fans of the show, but don't necessarily want to pay the large fee to opt out of the contract early.
Dish customers can currently sign up for access to the stream here.
AMC continues to run ads about Dish not carrying its network throughout its site.
In other Dish news, the company has announced that it will be bringing satellite broadband to customers on October 1. More on that here.