Dish, CBS reach deal, averting blackout for customers

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Good Morning! We are happy to announce effective Thursday, 11/23/17, that we have reached an agreement with CBS Corporation and all channels owned by them have been restored.

"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.

"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", DISH executive vice president of marketing programming and media sales Warren Schlichting said in a statement released at 10 p.m. on Thursday. Details about the deal, including financial terms weren't disclosed. Fans were forced instead to use the CBS' streaming service to watch the games.

The CBS station blackout hit customers in 18 cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Denver.

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CBS had demanded a sizable increase in the retransmission fees it charges Dish for the rights to retransmit its TV station signals.

While CBS, the most-watched broadcast network, is a desirable asset, a sticking point for Dish was the modestly rated cable networks like Smithsonian, Pop and CBS Sports Network that CBS Corp. had insisted on bundling with the Big 4 net. The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring.

Sources had said earlier this week that Dish and CBS had engaged in contract discussions over carriage fees since January, highlighting several months of alleged failed negotiations.

CBS' blackout on Dish systems is over. CBS went dark for about 12 hours during a similar carriage dispute with Dish in 2014. Almost 4 million customers nationwide, in 18 different markets, are affected.