CBS and Dish Reach Carriage Agreement

Javier Stokes
November 25, 2017

"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", Ray Hopkins, CBS' president of television networks distribution, said in a statement.

"As it stands, Dish customers won't be watching CBS in the days and weeks ahead", CBS said in its statement.

Besides rallying the TV remote soldiers, the dishpromise.com site offers a glimpse into Dish and CBS's tense negotiations. What made the deal more pressing was that DISH subscribers watched CBS more than any other broadcast or cable outlet.

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.

Financiial terms were not disclosed.

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Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales, thanked subscribers or tolerating the disruption in their service. CBS Sports Network is also blacked out on Dish Network across the country.

The fact that CBS continues to keep its channels off Dish's Sling TV highlights how selective the broadcast network has been when making online TV partnerships.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish.

Dish said it is offering free over-the-air antennas to customers so they can watch CBS free of charge. The blackout of CBS programming via Dish Network had a serious impact on several major markets including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston.

In total, 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states were pulled off the air until the two companies came to an agreement. At the same time, CBS and other content companies have asked for huge increases in the fees they receive for their programming to pay for rising sports rights fees and other programming costs.

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