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

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"We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, CBS Corp.'s president of television networks distribution.

Dish customers are not able to view 28 local CBS channels in 18 markets across 26 states. Video distributors such as Dish have to pay a per-subscriber carriage fee for the right to broadcast networks such as CBS.

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.

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. The blackout affects cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Tampa, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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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.

Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales, thanked subscribers or tolerating the disruption in their service.

Carriage of three cable channels - CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel and Pop - were included in the deal. CBS offers All Access, its own web-based streaming service starting at $5.99 a month.

The deal comes after nearly three days of no CBS programming on Dish, including the NFL game on Thanksgiving Day, though it will allow football fans to watch SEC college games Friday and Saturday and an NFL doubleheader on Sunday.

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