CBS Stations Blacked Out for Dish Customers in Carriage Dispute

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"Since 2013, Dish has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing almost 400 television stations, clearly indicating that these tactics are commonplace for them", CBS said in a statement. That game, along with the Chargers vs. Cowboys and a full schedule of National Football League games on Sunday are in jeopardy of not being seen by Dish Network customers. That news would hit football fans especially hard, given the network's Thanksgiving weekend of action, include the Los Angeles Chargers-Dallas Cowboys game on Thursday, SEC college games Friday and Saturday and an NFL doubleheader on Sunday.

Since 2013, Dish has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing almost 400 television stations, clearly indicating these tactics are commonplace for them.

The service blackout affects about 3 million Dish Network customers, many of whom are understandably upset about being used as leverage in the latest business squabble.

"This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace", the network said in a statement. Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax.

CBS, meanwhile, blames the dispute on Dish. The satellite TV provider also promised to reduce subscribers' bills by $10 per month if they agreed to drop the local TV stations from their lineup.

CBS made good on its promise to go dark on the satellite service because of a fee dispute.

Dish of Englewood, Colorado, noted that CBS has boasted on its earnings calls with Wall Street analysts that it will generate $2.5 billion a year in retransmission fees for its stations by 2020, up from $250 million a year in 2012, The Times reported. These customers span more than a dozen cities, including major ones like Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, Denver, Miami, and Philadelphia.

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