Dish and CBS reach deal after Thanksgiving NFL blackout

US Sen. Ed Markey urges Dish, CBS to settle dispute that could black out of Sunday's Patriots game

In an effort to end its stalled negotiations over a carriage agreement and end the CBS blackout, Dish Network is urging people to call companies that advertise on local CBS networks. CBS' streaming service was the only way for fans to watch the game.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal ended a two-day blackout that affected major markets such as Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Dish said early Friday that the CBS channels were being restored to its customers.




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. During the standoff, CBS had maintained that while Dish has complained about the fees being asked for the cable networks, it has paid "at least one cable network more than double our asking price, for far less than half the ratings".

"We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, CBS Corp.'s president of television networks distribution. The antenna offer was based on the reception available at the subscriber's home. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax". CBS last went dark on Dish for roughly 12 hours in 2014 during a similar impasse.

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. Almost 4 million customers nationwide, in 18 different markets, are affected.

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