CBS is blacked out on Dish Network days before Thanksgiving

US Sen. Ed Markey urges Dish, CBS to settle dispute that could black out of Sunday's Patriots game

"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", Warren Schlichting, Dish Executive Vice President Marketing, Programming and Media Sales, said in a statement.

Dish Network and CBS Corp. worked through Thanksgiving to resolve a fee dispute that returned CBS channels to the air for Dish customers late Thursday. Dish faced a backlash from angry subscribers who couldn't get the most-watched U.S. TV network and have more ways to cut their pay-TV subscriptions and replace them with cheaper online entertainment.

Dish Network and CBS announced a new multi-year carriage agreement for its 18 owned-and-operated stations, including KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9 in Los Angeles, which restores carriage of those channels as well as CBS Sports Network.

The CBS blackout affected cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Tampa, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.




Also temporarily dropped in the standoff were CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish. Dish added that "terms of the agreement were not disclosed".

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. The parties' current dispute - an increasingly common issue in recent years among various carriers and content providers - revolved around the fees Dish would pay CBS for 28 local channels as well as three cable channels. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".

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