CBS and Dish Network cut deal to end three-day blackout

Posted November 25, 2017

The deal, which includes all CBS-owned stations, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel, comes after almost three days of no CBS programming from the cable provider.

Despite the relief that DISH customers will feel of having CBS-owned programmes crossing a number of genres - including CBS Sports Network, Pop, and the Smithsonian Channel - and local providers back on their grids, the agreements arrived too late to broadcast the traditional National Football League game on Thanksgiving Day between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys.

That scenario recently played out between CBS and DISH.

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CBS debuted its own subscription service, CBS All Access, in 2014, offering live and on-demand access to its robust library. Details about the deal, including financial terms weren't disclosed. But both companies have now reached a multi-year deal after a blackout on CBS programming to two million subscribers for nearly three days.

At the heart of the dispute is how much money Dish is willing to pay CBS to retransmit the network's signal. Those customers went without their local CBS station on Thanksgiving, aggravating sports fans who missed seeing the Chargers defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas. The antenna offer was based on the reception available at the subscriber's home.

Sources had said earlier this week that Dish and CBS had engaged in contract discussions over carriage fees since January, highlighting several months of alleged failed negotiations. CBS's president of television network distribution Ray Hopkins released a statement. If you're a customer in Chicago, Dish wants you to get in touch with businesses like Pizzeria Bebu, and Ahimsa Yoga Studio in order to help get CBS back on your TV. Almost 4 million customers nationwide, in 18 different markets, are affected.