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 channels are now being restored to DISH customers. Details about the deal, including financial terms weren't disclosed.
Besides rallying the TV remote soldiers, the dishpromise.com site offers a glimpse into Dish and CBS's tense negotiations. 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.
That scenario recently played out between CBS and DISH.
During the disagreement, CBS claimed that while Dish had complained about fees being requested by the company, it has paid "at least one cable network more than double our asking price, for far less than half the ratings".
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The deal, which includes all CBS-owned stations, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel, comes after almost three days of no CBS programming from the cable provider.
The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region. CBS warned Dish customers that they would miss CBS' NFL and college football games over the holiday weekend. 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.
Dish Network subscribers once again have access to CBS following the brief service blackout resulting from an expired contract between the two. CBS last went dark on Dish for roughly 12 hours in 2014 during a similar impasse.
The CBS channels are being restored, Dish said in a separate statement.