Shares of AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) are up some 36% year to date on the strength of its award-winning programming. Take The Walking Dead, a ratings winner so big that DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) agreed to end a long-standing legal dispute to bring it back.

And yet AMC isn't the only up-and-coming content house. Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and CBS (NYSE:CBS) have spent years developing edgy original programming via their HBO and Showtime networks. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is in on the game, too. What makes AMC so special that it deserves the rally it's enjoying right now? I answer that question and more in the video below.

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