Dish and CBS reach deal after Thanksgiving NFL blackout


CBS and Dish Network reached a multi-year agreement Thursday after millions of USA customers were unable to watch the Cowboys-Chargers game on Thanksgiving Day. The channels are now being restored to DISH customers.

"CBS is attempting to tax Dish customers on programming that's losing viewers, tax Dish customers on programming available for free over the air, and tax Dish customers for content available directly from CBS", Dish executive vice president Warren Schlichting said in a statement.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The multi-year agreement covers CBS-owned stations across the country plus CBS-owned cable networks CBS Sports Netwokr, Pop and Smithsonian Channel. The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring.

Other markets, including New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago, contended with blackouts that left millions unable to view Thanksgiving Day's Chargers-Cowboys game.

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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.

The dispute could also potentially affect the broadcasts of Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game and CBS' NFL coverage on Sunday.

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

The standoff between to companies reportedly occurred when CBS wanted Dish to bundle its modestly rated channels in with the main CBS channel, and this is something Dish was quite hesitant to do. That's a dramatic rise from 2010, when the industry experienced just eight blackouts.