Dish Network To Offer Glenn Beck's TheBlaze Video Network
September 12, 2012 at 7:14 AM (PT)
GLENN BECK'S online video channel THEBLAZE gets its first traditional television distribution with a deal to be carried on DISH NETWORK's satellite service, starting TODAY (9/12) at 5p (ET). The channel will be offered on channel 212 as part of the "AMERICA's Top 250" package or a la carte for $5/month. A free preview will be available through SEPTEMBER 26th.
“After being phenomenally successful with his online streaming network, we’re pleased to host GLENN BECK’s return to broadcast TV, especially during this exciting and important political season,” said DISH CEO/Pres. JOSEPH CLAYTON. “With GLENN’s return, DISH is truly the one stop for news, opinion and perspective across the full political spectrum.”
BECK said, “THEBLAZE has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television. THEBLAZE will be home to news, information and entertainment programming with the facts and stories people care about most and we look forward to kicking things off with DISH.”
THEBLAZE CEO CHRISTOPHER BALFE added, “At launch, our goal was to deliver TV over the Internet, not Internet TV. Twelve months later, we’ve succeeded beyond our wildest imagination with content that built one of the world’s largest subscription streaming networks. We are pleased to have attracted the attention of a world-class television distribution partner like DISH. We are excited to continue to grow THEBLAZE.”
In a blog post, BALFE added that the service's success "has caused some of the major TV distributors to stand up and take notice. In fact, many of the top names in cable and satellite TV have inquired about adding THEBLAZE TV to their channel lineups" and said that the DISH deal "is in addition to our continued availability as a direct-to-consumer online subscription."