It’s over-the-top: A+E Networks has been officially added to the Dish Network’s over-the-top lineup.
As a result of this multi-year contract renewal, the satellite broadcaster – the No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provide after DirecTV – has secured the rights to stream A+E’s live and on-demand programming over the Internet.
This follows Dish’s unprecedented OTT deal with Disney covering streaming content from five networks earlier this spring, the first in pay-TV history.
Dish is also expected to announce an Internet TV service for consumers who want a smaller and cheaper bundle of channels.
The renewal also expands A+E Networks programming available to Dish customers to include Internet-connected devices, TVs, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, smartphones and other devices, accessible by subscribers through the Dish Anywhere app, Dish’s website or A+E websites and apps for both live and VOD content. The list of channels it includes are A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, H2, History en Español, Crime + Investigation and Military History, and expands distribution of A+E’s H2 and FYI channels.
The OTT rights also cover “a future muli-stream subscription service,” according to the press release.
“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,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks, in a statement.