Dish Network, CBS reach deal after millions miss Chargers-Cowboys game

  • Dish Network, CBS reach deal after millions miss Chargers-Cowboys game

Dish Network, CBS reach deal after millions miss Chargers-Cowboys game

CBS and satellite TV company Dish Network in the USA have reached an agreement on a new carriage deal, ending a three-day blackout of the network's channels across 26 states. The channels are now being restored to DISH customers.

A dispute erupted between CBS and DISH Network over the price of carriage.

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

As of the writing of this column, neither company has released final terms of the agreement. Fans were forced instead to use the CBS' streaming service to watch the games. In those three days, viewers missed the National Football League game on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the network's hit The Big Bang Theory and breakout series Young Sheldon.

So although subscribers lost out on the San Diego Chargers' 28-6 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, the network has been restored in time for No. 1 Alabama to take on No. 6 Auburn on Saturday. Dish doesn't share exactly how much it pays CBS to retransmit its channels, but CBS's CEO Les Moonves estimated the network charges traditional cable companies $2 per subscriber at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia media conference earlier this year.

Also temporarily dropped in the standoff were CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel.

Under the agreement, Dish is allowed using CBS content and CBS owned stations along with CBS content across various US cities, including CBS Sports Network.