CBS is blacked out on Dish Network days before Thanksgiving

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DISH had refused the amount of money that CBS had attempted to command for its programming, infuriating the broadcaster who had noted that the satellite operator had reached a carriage agreement with a one other cable network more than double its asking price, for what CBS asserted was "far less" than half the ratings. Dish says the channels are now being restored to its customers.

Besides rallying the TV remote soldiers, the dishpromise.com site offers a glimpse into Dish and CBS's tense negotiations.

Dish Network and CBS agreed to a new multi-year contract, ending a blackout that would have left millions of satellite-TV subscribers without the nation's most-watched network and its popular football programming.

The agreement came after Dish subscribers missed on NFL football game and before they missed more college and pro football over the weekend. Dish added that "terms of the agreement were not disclosed".

Local stations owned by CBS went dark Tuesday morning on the Dish system.

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Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales, thanked subscribers or tolerating the disruption in their service.

The dishpromise.com site also has a Ways to Watch section where you can select CBS programming from a drop-down menu in order to find ways to watch it during the Dish blackout.

In the meantime, Dish stated it plans to provide subscribers in the affected markets with digital over-the-air antennas at no extra cost. The parties' current dispute - an increasingly common issue in recent years among various carriers and content providers - revolved around the fees Dish would pay CBS for 28 local channels as well as three cable channels.

The two-day blackout affected both the San Diego and Dallas-Arlington metro regions, as well as several other major markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".

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