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Sling TV to get new AMC add-on packages

Dish Network’s Sling TV has reached a new deal with programmer AMC Networks covering six linear channels as well as a handful of new on-demand add-on options.

The deal affects AMC, IFC, Sundance TV, We TV, BBC America and BBC World News. Under the deal, those channels will continue to be available in various Sling TV packages.

The deal also expands Sling TV’s offerings to include a number of premium ad-free on-demand services, including Sundance Now, AMC Premiere, Shudder and Sundance Now. Those premium add-ons will also be available on the legacy Dish Network satellite TV service.

“We’re pleased to expand on our successful longtime partnership with Dish with the launch of our diverse portfolio of growing ad-free and targeted on-demand services and continued carriage of our linear networks,” AMC president Josh Reader said in a statement. “Much like our linear channels, our ad-free services provide passionate audiences with exceptional content and new ways to innovate with valued distribution partners like Dish as our businesses evolve together.”

The deal came without a carriage dispute that has been the hallmark of Dish’s negotiations for years. AMC found itself on the end of one such dispute when Dish pulled the channel in 2012 after the two sides failed to reach an agreement.

AMC responded by streaming that year’s season premiere of “Breaking Bad” for free, which was accessible to Dish and non-Dish customers alike.

Together, Dish and Sling TV have around 12 million paying customers.

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