CBS, Dish reach agreement to halt blackouts ahead of BSU game

Geneva Matthews
November 25, 2017

Dish customers are not able to view 28 local CBS channels in 18 markets across 26 states. 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. Both companies have not released terms of the agreement.

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

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

The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region.

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CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout

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 blackout severely impacted several major markets including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston.

Dish Network and CBS are involved in a carriage dispute over rights fees, as detailed in the Los Angeles Times. CBS last went dark on Dish for roughly 12 hours in 2014 during a similar impasse.

Dish Network yanked CBS and affiliated content this past Tuesday.

"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, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. However, some customers have likely already switched to the digital over-the-air antenna which saves $10 per month off the DISH bill. The satellite and cable companies have lost millions of customers to cord-cutting in recent years, putting a dent in their revenue stream. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".

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