Dish, Weather Channel ink carriage deal

To collaborate in developing weather forecasting services

NEW YORK -- Dish Network and The Weather Channel have reached a multi-year carriage agreement that ends the latest showdown between a network operator and a big distributor.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The deal announced Monday provides for collaboration in developing weather forecasting services designed specifically for satellite customers, including localized weather, interactive TV applications, as well as new Internet and mobile services in addition to carriage of The Weather Channel.

Mike Kelly, CEO and president of The Weather Channel, lauded that the deal calls for Dish to carry two of his firm's channels now -- The Weather Channel and a customized 24-hour, all-local weather information network.

"Through this new partnership with The Weather Channel, Dish Network is giving our subscribers exactly what they've asked for and more," said Dave Shull, senior vp of programming for Dish. "This agreement recognizes the importance of cross-platform video delivery, ensuring that our subscribers will have the most detailed local weather information available at their fingertips anytime, anywhere."