CBS And Dish Network Reach Deal, Ending Blackout

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The channels are now being restored to DISH customers.

"We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come", said Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming, and media sales. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms". Fans were forced instead to use the CBS' streaming service to watch the games. That includes Dish Network customers in the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco markets.

In a statement Tuesday, Dish Network claimed that CBS chose to black out Dish customers' access to its channels in an effort to raise rates and gain negotiating leverage.

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That scenario recently played out between CBS and DISH. CBS went dark for many Dish subscribers in the same markets in December 2014 when the two sides couldn't reach a carriage agreement.

At the heart of the dispute is how much money Dish is willing to pay CBS to retransmit the network's signal.

The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region. At the same time, CBS and other content companies have asked for huge increases in the fees they receive for their programming to pay for rising sports rights fees and other programming costs.

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

CBS and Dish Network have recently been involved in a contract dispute that has affected Impact Wrestling's distribution. Luckily, Dish and CBS reached a multi-year agreement 12 hours after the blackout. Almost 4 million customers nationwide, in 18 different markets, are affected.

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