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Newsmax TV Reaches Dish Deal

Conservative news/information network Newsmax TV has reached a carriage deal with Dish Network, Newsmax Media announced Wednesday.

The service, which earlier this month reached a carriage deal with DirecTV, will be available to Dish subscribers when it soft launches June 16, said network officials. In addition to securing the main satellite television providers, Newsmax TV also plans a major OTT platform rollout, with penetration estimated in excess of 100 million iOS and Android smart devices.

The network will initially offer nine hours of live programming featuring independent news with a mainstream conservative tilt, as well as lifestyle content for its target audience of baby boomers in the areas of health, finance, and personal well-being.

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R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.