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CBS, Dish settle after millions miss Cowboys-Chargers game

25 November 2017

Late Thursday night, Dish Network and CBS reached an agreement, hours after more than three million customers were unable to watch the LA Chargers and Dallas Cowboys game. The channels are now being restored to DISH customers.

"CBS is attempting to tax Dish customers on programming that's losing viewers, tax Dish customers on programming available for free over the air, and tax Dish customers for content available directly from CBS", Dish executive vice president Warren Schlichting said in a statement.

Deal terms were not disclosed.

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The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region. The new deal covers networks including CBS, CBS Sports Network, Pop, and the Smithsonian channel.

CBS officials said they, too were happy that the tiff was over.

That scenario recently played out between CBS and DISH. Dish's 13.2 million customers are important to advertisers on CBS, which also counts on the satellite carrier's subscriber fees. "The fees CBS and other broadcasters charge pay-TV providers, like Dish, to carry local channels is up an incredible 1,700 percent".

CBS, Dish settle after millions miss Cowboys-Chargers game