CBS And Dish Network Reach Deal, Ending Blackout

Ann Santiago
November 26, 2017

CBS and satellite TV company Dish Network in the U.S. have reached an agreement on a new carriage deal, ending a three-day blackout of the network's channels across 26 states. On the site, Dish alleges CBS is asking the satellite operator to pay "more than 50 percent higher than what we now pay to carry this channel". The blackout had prevented almost 3 million Dish subscribers from watching the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers play the Dallas Cowboys on the Thanksgiving holiday.

The new deal between the two companies also included additional cable channels such as CBS Sports Network, POP and Smithsonian.

"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, CBS Corporation's President of Television Networks Distribution, Deadline reports. A look at Twitter reveals more than a few upset tweets from Dish customers. After inputting your ZIP code, you can scroll down to the Make Your Voice Heard section, where Dish lists all of the local businesses advertising on specific CBS channels.

The CBS blackout kept millions of Dish Network subscribers from access to the Cowboys-Chargers football game on Thanksgiving Day.

Dish and CBS reached an agreement late Thursday that restored the channels dropped earlier in the week in standoff over how much Dish will pay CBS for the right to carry its programming.

Local stations owned by CBS went dark Tuesday morning on the Dish system.

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