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Dish & CBS Sign New Deal; Blackout Over

Dish and CBS last night ended its brief carriage dispute and signed a new multi-year deal that returns the network’s programming to the satcaster’s lineup.

Early Tuesday morning, CBS pulled 28 CBS-owned local stations from Dish after the two sides could not reach a new agreement.

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The blackout meant that Dish subscribers in 14 markets where the network owns the local CBS station could not watch yesterday’s NFL Thanksgiving game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.

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The 14 CBS-owned affiliates are in such large markets as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, and Miami. Dish subscribers in those cities yesterday took to social media sites to bash both Dish and CBS for failing to resolve the dispute before the Cowboys-Chargers game.

However, CBS issued a press release late last night saying the fight was over and a new deal was in place.

“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’s president of television networks distribution, said in the release. “Dish customers will continue to get CBS’ must-have content, while we are also able to achieve our short and long-term economic and strategic goals.”

The Dish blackout also included the CBS Sports Network, and the CBS owned Smithsonian Channel and Pop channel.

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— Phillip Swann

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