CBS and Dish Reach Agreement to End Blackout

US Sen. Ed Markey urges Dish, CBS to settle dispute that could black out of Sunday's Patriots game

Thanksgiving football-watching traditions may have to change a few households this year.

The new agreement, struck Thursday night after marathon negotiations, ended the three-day blackout that began late Monday when CBS walked away from the bargaining table feeling the two sides were not making sufficient progress in the talks.

CBS and satellite TV company Dish Network in the USA have reached an agreement on a new carriage deal, ending a three-day blackout of the network's channels across 26 states. Dish Network sports aficionados can now catch Friday's Missouri-Arkansas college football game, Saturday's highly anticipated Iron Bowl game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn and Sunday's slate of NFL contests.

Dish Network and CBS Corp. worked through Thanksgiving to resolve a fee dispute that returned CBS channels to the air for Dish customers late Thursday. Those fees are sometimes passed down to the pay-TV subscribers in higher subscription costs.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish.

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Westbrook on the other hand described the incidents as him letting Durant know he is "coming at your neck every single night". Tensions were certainly high between the two, but according to Durant, their interaction was not a big deal.

"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", Schlichting said. The antenna offer was based on the reception available at the subscriber's home. Fans were forced instead to use the CBS' streaming service to watch the games.

CBS fired back in its statement Wednesday, claiming that Dish Network is "desperate to retain subscribers" and "clearly, pulling content providers off the air is Dish's way of doing things".

The multi-year agreement covers CBS-owned stations across the country plus CBS-owned cable networks CBS Sports Netwokr, Pop and Smithsonian Channel.

In a statement, CBS asserted Dish's failure to negotiate "a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace", is a common business practice for the company. This also isn't the first time CBS has vanished for millions of Dish subscribers.

As of the writing of this column, neither company has released final terms of the agreement.

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