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Dish Network urges customers to bug advertisers over CBS blackout

CBS and Dish Network still'far apart on blackout Abilene market not affected Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten or redistributed
Juana Turner | 25 November, 2017, 00:38

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. Sunday's Rams-New Orleans game from the Coliseum will be carried on CBS as scheduled, as well as many high-profile college football games on CBS and CBSSN this weekend.

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.

Dish Network customers can return to watching CBS programs after the companies reached a new multi-year carriage agreement. 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.

The networks were being restored to Dish customers Thursday night, according to Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales.

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. CBS last went dark on Dish for roughly 12 hours in 2014 during a similar impasse.

In total, 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states were pulled off the air until the two companies came to an agreement. Terms of the multiyear deal were not announced. The standoff reportedly occurred because CBS wanted Dish to bundle its modestly rated channels (Smithsonian, Pop, and CBS Sports Network) with the main CBS channel, something it was hesitant to do. 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.

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