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The Documentary Channel

The Documentary Channel

August 11, 2009 09:00 ET

The Documentary Channel® Re-Launches as a Fully Commercial Service and Enters Into a Multi-Year Carriage Agreement With DISH Network®

NASHVILLE, TN and ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - The Documentary Channel® (DOC), which debuted nearly four years ago as a public interest television network, re-launched as a fully commercial service in July 2009 and entered into a multi-year carriage agreement with DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH). The news was announced today by James Ackerman, who was recently appointed President and CEO of The Documentary Channel. Financial terms of the carriage agreement were not disclosed.

The Documentary Channel currently reaches more than 21 million homes nationwide via DISH Network and several broadcast stations in major television markets. The Documentary Channel also provides content online via a partnership with at

"We are excited to re-launch the company as a fully commercial service and to enjoy the benefits of a multi-year carriage agreement with DISH Network," said Ackerman.

"DISH Network is delighted to continue offering customers The Documentary Channel, which has been a nice complement to our programming line-up since early 2006," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network. "We are pleased to support The Documentary Channel in their transition to commercial service, and know our customers will enjoy the best documentaries at the best value for years to come."

The Documentary Channel was founded in January 2006 by Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker Tom Neff, who recently moved into the new role of Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

The Documentary Channel can be found on DISH Network Channel 197 as part of the Classic Bronze 100 package.

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About The Documentary Channel®: The Documentary Channel (DOC) is the USA's first 24-hour television network exclusively devoted to documentary films and the independent documentary filmmaker, providing viewers with round-the-clock opportunities to see fascinating, eclectic and award-winning documentary films of all lengths and genres. For more information on DOC, visit

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