Dish Network and CBS end their three-day-old programming fee fight

Posted 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 customers will continue to get CBS' must-have content, while we are also able to achieve our short and long-term economic and strategic goals", he added.

"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", Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales, said in a statement. Fans were forced instead to use the CBS' streaming service to watch the games.

The two-day blackout affected both the San Diego and Dallas-Arlington metro regions, as well as several other major markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston.

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CBS and Dish Network resolved a dispute over the fees the satellite TV provider pays to the broadcaster, ending a three-day blackout that affected customers across 26 states. The antenna offer was based on the reception available at the subscriber's home. On the site, Dish alleges CBS is asking the satellite operator to pay "more than 50 percent higher than what we now pay to carry this channel".

CBS fired back in its statement Wednesday, claiming that Dish Network is "desperate to retain subscribers" and "clearly, pulling content providers off the air is Dish's way of doing things".

"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.

That scenario recently played out between CBS and DISH. CBS told Deadline "we remain far apart on terms" and stated Dish was "desperate to retain subscribers".