Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) may no longer be "Breaking Bad" with AMC Networks, but it is breaking bread with conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck, whose online network, TheBlaze, was added to the satellite provider Wednesday.
Launched a year ago as GBTV, the online network will be available to Dish subscribers as part of the America's Top 250 package. Subs can also pay $5 a month to get it on an a la carte basis. To hype interest, Dish said it would offer a free preview through Sept. 26.
Thanks to Dish, Beck gets a TV presence for the first time since he left Fox News Channel in June 2011, when his audience size shrank and advertisers boycotted. His show is available online and his radio show attracts about 8 million listeners a month--that's in the Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage range--but his TV presence has been limited to computers, tablets, smartphones and TVs hooked up to the Internet.
Dish, with its 14 million subscribers, could also provide a hefty audience for the TheBlaze, which describes itself as "a news, information and opinion site brought to you by a dedicated team of writers, journalists & video producers" with a "goal to post, report and analyze stories of interest on a wide range of topics from politics and culture to faith and family."
The network will continue to be available for online subscriptions starting at $4.95 a month ($49.95 annually) for Beck's program alone and $9.95 a month ($99.95 annually) for the entire network and all-day programming.
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