CBS and Dish Network have recently been involved in a contract dispute that has affected Impact Wrestling's distribution.
Other markets, including New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago, contended with blackouts that left millions unable to view Thanksgiving Day's Chargers-Cowboys game. Now, less than a week later, Dish has announced that it has signed a new multi-year carriage deal with CBS.
Dish Network and CBS Corp. say their three-day fight over programming fees is over, and CBS programming is now available for Dish customers. The terms likely don't matter to customers; the return means Dish customers get access to their local CBS channels, plus Pop, Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, for the long holiday season. Apparently, last week's episode was not played for Dish Network costumers because of it.
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CBS offers viewers a web-based streaming subscription option for $5.99 per month. You also can watch CBS for free by using a digital antenna. This also isn't the first time CBS has vanished for millions of Dish subscribers.
As of the writing of this column, neither company has released final terms of the agreement.
Warren Schlicting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing and programming, recorded a video featured on the site that explains how the company's carriage dispute with CBS is a microcosm of a larger, fractured relationship between broadcasters and pay-TV providers.