CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout

CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout

Both Dish and CBS have reached a multi-year deal after a blackout on CBS programming to two million subscribers occurred for nearly three days in a row.

"CBS is attempting to tax Dish customers on programming that's losing viewers, tax Dish customers on programming available for free over the air, and tax Dish customers for content available directly from CBS", Warren Schlichting, Dish Executive Vice President Marketing, Programming and Media Sales, said in a statement. Dish says the channels are now being restored to its customers.

The companies' dispute had spurred fears that local subscribers would be unable to watch Boise State face off against Fresno State Saturday. What made the deal more pressing was that DISH subscribers watched CBS more than any other broadcast or cable outlet.

The two-day blackout affected both the San Diego and Dallas-Arlington metro regions, as well as several other major markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston.

Good Morning! We are happy to announce effective Thursday, 11/23/17, that we have reached an agreement with CBS Corporation and all channels owned by them have been restored. Dish believes CBS is trying to get its customers to pay a "CBS tax". Dish's 13.2 million customers are important to advertisers on CBS, which also counts on the satellite carrier's subscriber fees.

TV networks like CBS can offset losses from traditional TV providers through partnerships with online and non-traditional partnerships. The standoff reportedly occurred because CBS wanted Dish to bundle its modestly rated channels (Smithsonian, Pop, and CBS Sports Network) with the main CBS channel, something it was hesitant to do. This also isn't the first time CBS has vanished for millions of Dish subscribers. Luckily, Dish and CBS reached a multi-year agreement 12 hours after the blackout.

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