CBS Reaches Deal With Dish Network

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

Dish Network Customers in Nation's Three Biggest Markets Will Miss the Cowboys Game (and Alabama-Auburn)

Late Thursday night, Dish Network and CBS reached an agreement, hours after more than three million customers were unable to watch the LA Chargers and Dallas Cowboys game.

"We are pleased we have reached a deal with DISH, who recognizes the value that the number one Network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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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.

Dish Network and CBS Corp. worked through Thanksgiving to resolve a fee dispute that returned CBS channels to the air for Dish customers late Thursday. The antenna offer was based on the reception available at the subscriber's home.

The two sides were fighting over the fees CBS wanted from Dish for retransmission. Now, less than a week later, Dish has announced that it has signed a new multi-year carriage deal with CBS.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish.

CBS officials said they, too were happy that the tiff was over. The new agreement immediately enables college football fans to watch SEC and NFL games Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.

"As it stands, Dish customers won't be watching CBS in the days and weeks ahead", CBS said in its statement. If you're a customer in Chicago, Dish wants you to get in touch with businesses like Pizzeria Bebu, and Ahimsa Yoga Studio in order to help get CBS back on your TV.

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