Dish, CBS reach deal, averting blackout for customers

CBS and Dish Network reach deal to end blackout

CBS and Dish Network reach deal to end blackout

The two sides were fighting over the fees CBS wanted from Dish for retransmission.

CBS and satellite TV company Dish Network in the USA have reached an agreement on a new carriage deal, ending a three-day blackout of the network's channels across 26 states.

Dish had offered free digital antennas and installation to its subscribers in the affected markets so they could continue to watch CBS programming and gave them the option to drop their local channels from their programming package, saving $10 on their monthly bill. 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".

The blackout impacted the home cities of CBS' Thanksgiving Day game, along with other major markets like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Boston.

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A dispute erupted between CBS and DISH Network over the price of carriage. The new agreement immediately enables college football fans to watch SEC and NFL games Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.

The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring.

CBS went dark for about 12 hours during a similar carriage dispute with Dish in 2014. The terms likely don't matter to customers; the return means Dish customers get access to their local CBS channels, plus Pop, Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, for the long holiday season.

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