The first episode of this season's TWD will air at 8pm ET right before the second episode. So there is probably a scramble at the uplink center to get the feed up, nice and public.
I have to think that is the only reason to put AMC back on tonight... for the Walking Dead... otherwise, there's no reason to try and get AMC back same-day as the deal.
Also... AMC was the only one of those channels that Dish had in HD before, right? so the uplink is really already there and probably only needs to be redirected and checked out quickly for relaunch.
The "others" not coming until November 1st... even though we had them all in SD before... kind of makes me think that maybe they are going to pick up HD feeds. Otherwise, why would they need 11 days to get the other SD channels back in their slots?
Seems like the mad scramble would be AMC today... then the others by this Wednesday... but that 11 days would be about right IF they are also picking up the HD feeds they didn't previously have for IFC, WeTV, Sundance, etc... and needed time to test those feeds.
At least that what I'm hoping is the case.
Oh.. and while I was typing this, I saw an update and AXS changed to AMC and "No Info"... so I guess they are working at it as we all speak. The trick for tonight and TWD on AMC is... will there be reliable EPG to set timers.
Hopper and 922 customers can't force EPG updates like other Dish receivers... If the Hopper works like the 922, you might can put it into standby for a bit and it will churn... but then you can't watch TV while that is happening... so tonight might be fun if you wanted to DVR rather than watch live.