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AMC to stream Breaking Bad premiere to desperate Dish subscribers

Dish Network customers still don’t have access to cable network AMC, following a contract dispute between the two companies, but at least they’ll be able to catch the season premiere episode of Breaking Bad on the Web.

For one time only, you’ll legally be able to watch the further adventures of high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White on your laptop. AMC, also home to popular shows like Mad Men and The Walking Dead, said that it’s streaming the episode to give Dish viewers an extra week to switch providers.

Dish subscribers will be able to sign up to stream the episode beginning Friday afternoon, and once signed up they’ll be able to view the episode at AMCTV.com live as it airs Sunday night.

The news is almost directly opposed to Viacom’s decision yesterday to remove its shows from the Web, following DirecTV’s removal of 26 Viacom channels, including MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.

As a fan of Breaking Bad, and an unfortunate Dish Network subscriber, the announcement definitely makes me more sympathetic to AMC. In a press release charmingly titled “Dish Breaks Bad on its Viewers,” the cable network claimed that Dish dropped it because of an unrelated lawsuit between the companies. Dish, meanwhile, claims that AMC’s high cost to license and low viewership, as well as the availability of AMC content online, led to its decision.

Image via AMC