CBS, Dish Network dispute could mean no Cowboys-Chargers game for subscribers

Jon Howard
November 25, 2017

Due to Dish Network and CBS being unable to reach a carriage agreement, CBS is no longer available to millions of Dish subscribers across America.

Dish Network subscribers once again have access to CBS following the brief service blackout resulting from an expired contract between the two.

The companies announced the resolution late Thursday. The new deal includes retransmission consent for CBS-owned TV stations, including KCBS (Channel 2) and KCAL (Channel 9) in Los Angeles.

"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.

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Besides Chicago, other affected markets were NY (where CBS owns WCBS and WLNY), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG), Dallas (KTVT and KTXA), San Francisco (KPIX and KBCW), Atlanta (WUPA), Boston (WBZ and WSBK), Seattle (KSTW), Tampa (WTOG), Detroit (WWJ and WKBD), Minneapolis (WCCO), Miami (WFOR and WBFS), Denver (KCNC), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW) and Baltimore (WJZ). Terms were not disclosed.

Dish Network and CBS Corp. worked through Thanksgiving to resolve a fee dispute that returned CBS channels to the air for Dish customers late Thursday.

CBS content was pulled off Dish networks on Tuesday over a dispute that revolved around how much Dish would pay for 28 local CBS channels as well as three cable channels: Smithsonian Channel, Pop and CBS Sports Network.

Media companies and pay-TV providers are tussling over how to split revenue from cable and satellite customers as subscriptions drop. 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. That's a dramatic rise from 2010, when the industry experienced just eight blackouts.

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