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Dish Network settles with Cablevision, will resume carrying AMC

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times –

“The Walking Dead” and other hit shows from cable channel AMC are coming back to Dish Network as the result of the satellite broadcaster settling a lawsuit with Cablevision Systems Corp.

On Sunday, Dish and Cablevision announced a settlement in their long-running legal battle over a now-defunct programming service called Voom HD. Dish has agreed to pay $700 million to Cablevision and AMC Networks, both of which are controlled by the Charles Dolan family. Dish also said it would resume carrying AMC, WE and other channels owned by AMC Networks, which it had dropped in July.

The settlement brings to an end a four-year breach-of-contract fight between Cablevision and Dish. At issue was Dish’s decision to stop carrying Voom HD, a group of channels devoted to high-definition programming that Cablevision had launched.

The AMC channels were caught in the middle of the Cablevision-Dish fight. Although Dish said its decision to drop the AMC channels from its 14 million homes last summer had nothing to do with the Voom litigation, AMC begged to differ. AMC said the channels were dropped in retaliation to the Voom fight.

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