CBS and Dish Resolve 6-Month Dispute, 12-Hour Blackout Ends


CBS programming was restored for Dish Network subscribers Saturday morning after the broadcaster and the satellite television provider resolved a six-month contract dispute.

The programming blackout lasted about 12 hours and affected stations owned and operated by CBS in 14 markets across the country, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The stations returned to Dish’s service before a series of football games this weekend, including the Southeastern Conference championship between Alabama and Missouri on Saturday.

The companies said they had reached a multiyear agreement covering CBS-owned stations, as well as the broadcaster’s CBS Sports Network, Showtime and other networks. The deal also gives Dish video-on-demand and other digital rights for Showtime, the premium cable network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased with this deal, which meets all of our economic and strategic objectives,” Ray Hopkins, president of television networks distribution at the CBS Corporation, said in a statement.

Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, said, “We are pleased to continue delivering CBS programming to our customers, while expanding their digital access to Showtime content through Showtime Anytime.”

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Emily Steel

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