CBS, Dish reach agreement to halt blackouts ahead of BSU game

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CBS, Dish reach agreement to halt blackouts ahead of BSU game

Besides Chicago, other affected markets were NY (where CBS owns WCBS and WLNY), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG), Dallas (KTVT and KTXA), San Francisco (KPIX and KBCW), Atlanta (WUPA), Boston (WBZ and WSBK), Seattle (KSTW), Tampa (WTOG), Detroit (WWJ and WKBD), Minneapolis (WCCO), Miami (WFOR and WBFS), Denver (KCNC), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW) and Baltimore (WJZ). On the site, Dish alleges CBS is asking the satellite operator to pay "more than 50 percent higher than what we now pay to carry this channel".

TV networks like CBS can offset losses from traditional TV providers through partnerships with online and non-traditional partnerships. Those fees are sometimes passed down to the pay-TV subscribers in higher subscription costs.

The dishpromise.com site also has a Ways to Watch section where you can select CBS programming from a drop-down menu in order to find ways to watch it during the Dish blackout.

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CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout

"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", Ray Hopkins, CBS' president of television networks distribution, said in a statement.

In a statement, CBS asserted Dish's failure to negotiate "a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace", is a common business practice for the company. Dish has lost 468,000 TV subscribers this year as people switch to streaming options like Netflix. CBS told Deadline "we remain far apart on terms" and stated Dish was "desperate to retain subscribers". The new agreement immediately enables college football fans to watch SEC and NFL games Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.

The new agreement, struck Thursday night after marathon negotiations, ended the three-day blackout that began late Monday when CBS walked away from the bargaining table feeling the two sides were not making sufficient progress in the talks.

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