DISH Reaches Carriage Agreement with CBS Corporation

Kristopher Drake
November 25, 2017

In a statement Tuesday, Dish Network claimed that CBS chose to black out Dish customers' access to its channels in an effort to raise rates and gain negotiating leverage. 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.

"We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come", Schlichting said.

CBS' blackout on Dish systems is over.

Besides Chicago, other affected markets were NY (where CBS owns WCBS and WLNY), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG), Dallas (KTVT and KTXA), San Francisco (KPIX and KBCW), Atlanta (WUPA), Boston (WBZ and WSBK), Seattle (KSTW), Tampa (WTOG), Detroit (WWJ and WKBD), Minneapolis (WCCO), Miami (WFOR and WBFS), Denver (KCNC), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW) and Baltimore (WJZ). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region.

Sources had said earlier this week that Dish and CBS had engaged in contract discussions over carriage fees since January, highlighting several months of alleged failed negotiations. If you're a customer in Chicago, Dish wants you to get in touch with businesses like Pizzeria Bebu, and Ahimsa Yoga Studio in order to help get CBS back on your TV.

The two sides were fighting over the fees CBS wanted from Dish for retransmission. The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring.

The dispute had affected 18 markets, where CBS signals had been pulled from Dish services.

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