CBS and Dish Reach Multiyear Deal, Ending Blackout

Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game was lost for satellite subscribers

Last Updated: November 24, 2017 @ 6:39 AM

Dish subscribers are thankful this morning that the satellite TV company has reached a multiyear carriage deal with CBS, ending a three-day blackout.

“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, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “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.”

“We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

CBS and its sister stations had gone dark on Dish Tuesday. While this carriage-fee standoff didn’t result in a particularly long blackout, the broadcast network’s coverage of yesterday’s 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and its Dallas Cowboys NFL game were both missed by the satellite company’s subscribers.

The network’s owned and operated local stations — as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel — are currently being restored for Dish subs.