DISH Reaches Carriage Agreement with CBS

Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:04 pm MST
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH Network L.L.C. has reached a multi-year carriage agreement with CBS Corporation for its owned and operated local stations, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel. The channels are currently being restored to DISH customers.

“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.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.203 million pay-TV subscribers, as of September 30, 2017, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

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  1. As a DISH customer it's been awhile since I was affected by one of these. Yes, it's frustrating, but when I look into these situations, such as the one they had with Sinclair broadcasting a year or two ago, there are always two sides to the story, and usually DISH is right to try to hold the line on prices. The real cause for outrage here is the lack of intervention by the FCC, who allow customers to lose channels they have every right to see (as long as they pay their bill) while these squabbles are resolved.

  2. I don't understand why any over-the-air broadcaster believes they're entitled to payment from cable or satellite companies for content they provide for free via broadcasts.

    It's one thing, in my view, for ESPN or another cable channel to fight for a higher rate of payment. But CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and PBS are free channels given away to the public at no charge. So I don't think it makes any sense that Dish or any other cable or satellite company should have to give CBS a dime for something CBS itself gives away free.

  3. Josh Steinberg

    I don't understand why any over-the-air broadcaster believes they're entitled to payment from cable or satellite companies for content they provide for free via broadcasts.

    It's one thing, in my view, for ESPN or another cable channel to fight for a higher rate of payment. But CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and PBS are free channels given away to the public at no charge. So I don't think it makes any sense that Dish or any other cable or satellite company should have to give CBS a dime for something CBS itself gives away free.

    Another issue is that usually the network insists on including all it's additional cable specific channels in the agreement, no matter how poorly they might be rated.

  4. Josh Steinberg

    I don't understand why any over-the-air broadcaster believes they're entitled to payment from cable or satellite companies for content they provide for free via broadcasts.

    It's one thing, in my view, for ESPN or another cable channel to fight for a higher rate of payment. But CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and PBS are free channels given away to the public at no charge. So I don't think it makes any sense that Dish or any other cable or satellite company should have to give CBS a dime for something CBS itself gives away free.

    The re-transmission rights should be going down. CBS should arrange that people who sign up for CBS All Access should get a rebate for the cost of CBS on cable and satellite (or vice versa) or they should throw CBS All Access in with the re-transmission rights. There should not be (at least) double-dipping.

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