CBS, Dish Network end blackout for customers after reaching fee deal

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The terms likely don't matter to customers; the return means Dish customers get access to their local CBS channels, plus Pop, Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, for the long holiday season.

The fact that CBS continues to keep its channels off Dish's Sling TV highlights how selective the broadcast network has been when making online TV partnerships.

This isn't the first time Dish Network lost access to CBS due to an expired carriage contract and failure to strike new terms before the expiration date; the same happened in 2014.

DISH had refused the amount of money that CBS had attempted to command for its programming, infuriating the broadcaster who had noted that the satellite operator had reached a carriage agreement with a one other cable network more than double its asking price, for what CBS asserted was "far less" than half the ratings.

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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. Almost 4 million customers nationwide, in 18 different markets, are affected. Those customers went without their local CBS station on Thanksgiving, aggravating sports fans who missed seeing the Chargers defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas. These alternatives make CBS widely available, without the need for a pay-TV subscription, which Dish has clearly taken issue with during these negotiations.

The dispute affects CBS affiliates in some of the largest television markets in the United States, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston, among others.

Dish said it is offering free over-the-air antennas to customers so they can watch CBS free of charge.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".