Financial terms were not disclosed.

Satellite television operator EchoStar Communications has entered into a new multi-year deal with Universal Music Group to carry the major label’s new music TV network IMF: The International Music Feed.

Financial terms were not disclosed. UMG and parent company Vivendi took EchoStar to court last year to enforce a deal between the two companies in 2001 that gave UMG the option of launching a TV network by January 2005.
Under the new agreement, which settles that litigation, IMF will continue to be carried on channel 157 as part of EchoStar’s Dish Network.

“We are pleased to have resolved the litigation in an amicable manner and look forward to a flourishing relationship going forward,” said Ken Tolle, vp of programming for Dish Network in a statement.

IMF, headed by former pressplay and farmclub.com executive Andy Schuon, offers music video programming for television, video-on-demand, broadband, and mobile consumption, as well as 30 audio channels of music.

In addition to EchoStar, IMF programming is available through mobile carriers in the U.S., the U.K., and France, and online at IMF.com.

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