MTV deals with Dish

Carriage agreement terms still subject to negotiations

NEW YORK -- Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks unit has agreed on the outlines of a new, multiyear carriage deal with Dish Network and its technology sibling EchoStar, according to sources.

Officials on both sides declined comment.

Final financial terms of the new carriage arrangement were still subject to negotiations as of late Wednesday, but the two companies had agreed on a fee increase, one source said.

Dow Jones Newswires first reported the breakthrough, saying that as part of the deal, Viacom's content will be licensed to online video site Sling.com, a part of Sling Media, which EchoStar acquired in 2007 for $380 million.

In March 2004, Viacom and what was then known as EchoStar Communications reached the previous carriage arrangement after a showdown that culminated in the entertainment powerhouse's channels being yanked from the satellite TV service for two days.
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