CBS, Dish Network reach a deal to end blackout over fees

CBS in addition to Dish Network resolved a dispute over the fees the satellite TV provider pays to the broadcaster, ending a three-day blackout that will affected customers across 26 states.

CBS said late Thursday that will reached a multi-year agreement with Dish for carrying its local stations as well as three cable channels. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The agreement comes just ahead of the Southeastern Conference football coverage over the weekend. The blackout had prevented nearly 3 million Dish subscribers through watching the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers play the Dallas Cowboys on the Thanksgiving holiday.

The CBS channels are being restored, Dish said in a separate statement.

CBS content was pulled off Dish networks on Tuesday over a dispute that will revolved around how much Dish might pay for 28 local CBS channels as well as three cable channels: Smithsonian Channel, Pop, in addition to CBS Sports Network.

Negotiations between content distributors in addition to programmers have become increasingly fraught as more viewers opt to watch their favorite shows online.

CBS went dark for about 12 hours during a similar carriage dispute with Dish in 2014.

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