CBS and Dish Network cut deal to end three-day blackout

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Dish customers are not able to view 28 local CBS channels in 18 markets across 26 states. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms".

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Dish Network and CBS agreed to a new multi-year contract, ending a blackout that would have left millions of satellite-TV subscribers without the nation's most-watched network and its popular football programming.

The deal, which includes all CBS-owned stations, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel, comes after almost three days of no CBS programming from the cable provider.

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At the heart of the dispute is how much money Dish is willing to pay CBS to retransmit the network's signal. The antenna offer was based on the reception available at the subscriber's home. CBS warned Dish customers that they would miss CBS' NFL and college football games over the holiday weekend.

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".

The agreement, which does not include online channels on Dish's Sling TV, allows Dish to use CBS content across various US cities, according to a statement late Thursday.

The new deal between the two companies also included additional cable channels such as CBS Sports Network, POP and Smithsonian. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax". The networks were being restored to Dish customers Thursday night, according to Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales. "The fees CBS and other broadcasters charge pay-TV providers, like Dish, to carry local channels is up an incredible 1,700 percent".

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