NFL Net Signs Dish

NFL Network locked up satellite distribution for its new eight-game Thursday- and Saturday-night package of National Football League games after reaching a deal last week with EchoStar Communications’ Dish Network.

Dish joins DirecTV and a slew of small and midsized operators that have reached new carriage contracts with the pro-football league's service.

Along with the network -- which will be slotted on Dish’s “America’s Top 60” package -- the direct-broadcast satellite provider will also distribute NFL Network’s 24-hour HD feed, network executives said.

“Dish Network is a terrific partner that has embraced NFL Network wholeheartedly,” NFL Network vice president of national accounts Brian Decker said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to continuing to drive positive results for its business and customers.”