Seriously. It’s something that you can do, and you have Dish Network to thank. In the past few weeks, Dish and AMC have been trying to nail down an agreement to keep the network plugged in for Dish subscribers, but just as Breaking Bad is about to make its highly anticipated season five debut, the talks fell apart and Dish subscribers have been left out in the cold. That is, until AMC decided to do something unprecedented.
The network has decided to let anyone sign up online to watch the first episode for free, right alongside the cable broadcast. All you need to do is follow a simple set of instructions, which I’ve outlined below.
1. Head to www.amctv.com/breakingbad4dish.
2. Fill out the form with your name, email address and zip code.
3. Return to the same link at 10:00PM EST to watch the episode online.
4. Enjoy the continued rise of Walter White, everyone’s favorite chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin. And Jesse, too, yo.
As Mashable reports, “although AMC is targeting the stream at Dish customers (and asks users to verify that they are Dish customers when signing up), the network doesn’t have any provisions or checks in place to see if you really do subscribe to Dish or not.”
So sure, it’s a bit of a workaround, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the season five premiere of Breaking Bad in the most legal manner possible, even if you don’t subscribe to AMC — because you’re a Dish customer, of course.
And you will want to watch Breaking Bad. You know that already.