Dish Network-CBS deal reached after Chargers game blacked out to customers


Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The agreement, which does not include online channels on Dish's Sling TV, allows Dish to use CBS content in Dallas and 17 other USA cities, according to a statement late Thursday. The channels are now being restored to DISH customers. The new deal covers networks including CBS, CBS Sports Network, Pop, and the Smithsonian channel.

The CBS station blackout hit customers in 18 cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Denver. Dish's 13.2 million customers are important to advertisers on CBS, which also counts on the satellite carrier's subscriber fees.

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

On Dish Network's website, the United States' No. 2 satellite operator shows you how your local CBS stations are affected by the dispute, which has left CBS blacked out to Dish subscribers in dozens of states. 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. However, some customers have likely already switched to the digital over-the-air antenna which saves $10 per month off the DISH bill.