CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout

Marie Harrington
November 25, 2017

CBS and Dish Network announced a multi-year agreement late Thursday night to return CBS-owned stations to the satellite network. Dish says the channels are now being restored to its customers.

Deal terms were not disclosed. CBS' streaming service was the only way for fans to watch the game. The blackout severely impacted several major markets including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston.

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. These alternatives make CBS widely available, without the need for a pay-TV subscription, which Dish has clearly taken issue with during these negotiations.

The two sides were fighting over the fees CBS wanted from Dish for retransmission. 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.

The agreement, which does not include online channels on Dish's Sling TV, allows Dish to use CBS content across various USA cities, according to a statement late Thursday.

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Dish to carry the CBS stations, along with CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel.

The fact that CBS continues to keep its channels off Dish's Sling TV highlights how selective the broadcast network has been when making online TV partnerships.

"We are pleased that we have reached a deal with Dish, [which] recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets", Ray Hopkins, president of TV networks distribution for CBS.

The dishpromise.com site also has a Ways to Watch section where you can select CBS programming from a drop-down menu in order to find ways to watch it during the Dish blackout.

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