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CBS and Dish Reach Carriage Agreement

25 November 2017

CBS announced yesterday that it had reached a multi-year agreement with Dish for the latter to carry its local stations and cable channels such as Pop and Smithsonian Channel. Dish says the channels are now being restored to its customers.

This isn't the first time Dish Network lost access to CBS due to an expired carriage contract and failure to strike new terms before the expiration date; the same happened in 2014.

Warren Schlicting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing and programming, recorded a video featured on the site that explains how the company's carriage dispute with CBS is a microcosm of a larger, fractured relationship between broadcasters and pay-TV providers.

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The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region. The reaction was particularly sharp from Cowboys and Chargers fans who were not able to watch the Thanksgiving Day game. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms".

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.

"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.

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CBS officials said they, too were happy that the tiff was over.

Media companies and pay-TV providers are tussling over how to split revenue from cable and satellite customers as subscriptions drop.

"As it stands, Dish customers won't be watching CBS in the days and weeks ahead", CBS said in its statement. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".

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CBS and Dish Reach Carriage Agreement