CBS, Dish Network end blackout for customers after reaching fee deal
Nov 25 2017
Dish's 13.2 million customers are important to advertisers on CBS, which also counts on the satellite carrier's subscriber fees.
The new deal between the two companies also included additional cable channels such as CBS Sports Network, POP and Smithsonian.
The blackout kept Dish subscribers in the affected markets from watching CBS' coverage of Thursday's Chargers-Dallas Cowboys NFL game and other programming and threatened Friday and Saturday's college football coverage and Sunday's NFL broadcasts.
Hundreds of thousands of Dish subscribers lost access to their local CBS affiliates Tuesday morning as the satellite provider and network engaged in unsuccessful negotiations about carriage rates. 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.
Deal terms were not disclosed. 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. The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring. Dish believes CBS is trying to get its customers to pay a "CBS tax".
"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", Dish executive vice president Warren Schlichting said in a statement. On the site, Dish alleges CBS is asking the satellite operator to pay "more than 50 percent higher than what we now pay to carry this channel".
CBS debuted its own subscription service, CBS All Access, in 2014, offering live and on-demand access to its robust library.
In the meantime, Dish stated it plans to provide subscribers in the affected markets with digital over-the-air antennas at no extra cost.