CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout


If you're a customer in Chicago, Dish wants you to get in touch with businesses like Pizzeria Bebu, and Ahimsa Yoga Studio in order to help get CBS back on your TV. Sunday's Rams-New Orleans game from the Coliseum will be carried on CBS as scheduled, as well as many high-profile college football games on CBS and CBSSN this weekend. CBS Corporation and Dish Network Corporation have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of CBS owned stations across the country, as well as CBS Sports Network, as well as Pop and Smithsonian 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 blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring.

"We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come", Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales, said in a statement. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms".

In total, 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states were pulled off the air until the two companies came to an agreement.

"We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, CBS Corp.'s president of television networks distribution. This is most frequently due to contract disputes as large conglomerate networks attempt to prop up channels that aren't doing so well. 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.