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CBS And Dish Network Reach Deal, Ending Blackout

CBS And Dish Network Reach Deal, Ending Blackout

At the heart of the dispute is how much money Dish is willing to pay CBS to retransmit the network's signal.

The Douglas County-based satellite TV provider (Nasdaq: DISH) said Thanksgiving night that programming for CBS-owned and operated local stations, such as KCNC-TV in Denver, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel, was being restored for customers. That includes Dish Network customers in the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco markets.

CBS fired back in its statement Wednesday, claiming that Dish Network is "desperate to retain subscribers" and "clearly, pulling content providers off the air is Dish's way of doing things".

The dishpromise.com site also has a Ways to Watch section where you can select CBS programming from a drop-down menu in order to find ways to watch it during the Dish blackout.

"We are pleased we have reached a deal with DISH, who recognizes the value that the number one Network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, president of the television networks distribution for CBS Corporation. "Since 2013, Dish has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing almost 400 television stations, clearly indicating that these tactics are commonplace for them". Dish has lost 468,000 TV subscribers this year as people switch to streaming options like Netflix. This also isn't the first time CBS has vanished for millions of Dish subscribers.

The agreement, which does not include online channels on Dish's Sling TV, allows Dish to use CBS content across various US cities, according to a statement late Thursday.

In total, 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states were pulled off the air until the two companies came to an agreement.

The deal comes after nearly three days of no CBS programming on Dish, including the NFL game on Thanksgiving Day, though it will allow football fans to watch SEC college games Friday and Saturday and an NFL doubleheader on Sunday.


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