Dish Network urges customers to bug advertisers over CBS blackout

Posted November 26, 2017

CBS and Dish Network have reached an agreement, ending a blackout in some markets and allowing Dish customers in the Boise area to once again watch CBS content, including football games.

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.

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 deal finally came after almost three days of blacked-out CBS programming on Dish, which included those Thanksgiving Day NFL games.

CBS, the most-watched broadcast network, ran into contractual issues with Dish Network when it insisted that its smaller channels like Smithsonian, Pop and CBS Sports Network be bundled with the Big 4 net. 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 and Dish Network have recently been involved in a contract dispute that has affected Impact Wrestling's distribution.

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Under the agreement, Dish is allowed using CBS content and CBS owned stations along with CBS content across various USA cities, including CBS Sports Network.

CBS said late Thursday it reached a multi-year agreement with Dish for carrying its local stations as well as three cable channels.

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