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August 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Satellite provider Dish Networks said on Monday that it has signed a deal with A&E Networks (A&E, History, and Lifetime channels) to offer its programming on a streaming service that Dish is planning to launch this year. It is the second such deal Dish has made, coming after a deal with Disney for ABC, ESPN and other Disney-owned channels. What makes the deals particularly curious is that Dish itself does not offer its own broadband service except in rural areas where wired service is unavailable — meaning that a subscriber would have to sign up with a competing cable or telco company to receive the Dish broadband package or individual channels (it’s not clear whether they will be offered a la carte). Business website Re/ said that it appears that Dish will offer "skinny" bundles of programming on the Web — meaning a few dozen channels instead of hundreds.