Dish Network gets CBS back after brief service blackout

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CBS said Wednesday it was "far apart on terms" with the satellite company over carriage of its channels, including its flagship broadcast network, CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel and Pop.

CBS Corp. and Dish Network resolved their contentious carriage fee dispute by agreeing to a new distribution deal, restoring CBS station signals to millions of Dish customers across the country who went without CBS football on Thanksgiving.

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

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The agreement, reached late Thursday, means Dish subscribers in Boise and other cities once again have access to CBS content.

"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".

Dish Network yanked CBS and affiliated content this past Tuesday. Almost 4 million customers nationwide, in 18 different markets, are affected. Dish added that "terms of the agreement were not disclosed".

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Dish had offered free digital antennas and installation to its subscribers in the affected markets so they could continue to watch CBS programming and gave them the option to drop their local channels from their programming package, saving $10 on their monthly bill.

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.

The dispute left around 13 million subscribers without access to CBS programming in major markets like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The new agreement immediately enables college football fans to watch SEC and NFL games Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.

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