Dish and CBS reach deal after Thanksgiving NFL blackout

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

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

CBS and Dish Network reached a multi-year agreement Thursday after millions of USA customers were unable to watch the Cowboys-Chargers game on Thanksgiving Day.

"We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, CBS Corp.'s president of television networks distribution.

Dish EVP of Marketing Warren Schichting released a statement saying, "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". is now running a Black Friday sale offering fans a one month subscription to the premium content on their site for $3.99. Due to Dish Network and CBS being unable to reach a carriage agreement, CBS is no longer available to millions of Dish subscribers across America. Dish doesn't share exactly how much it pays CBS to retransmit its channels, but CBS's CEO Les Moonves estimated the network charges traditional cable companies $2 per subscriber at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia media conference earlier this year. But both companies have now reached a multi-year deal after a blackout on CBS programming to two million subscribers for nearly three days. CBS went dark for about 12 hours during a similar carriage dispute with Dish in 2014.

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After inputting your ZIP code, you can scroll down to the Make Your Voice Heard section, where Dish lists all of the local businesses advertising on specific CBS channels.

"As it stands, Dish customers won't be watching CBS in the days and weeks ahead", CBS said in its statement.

In the meantime, Dish stated it plans to provide subscribers in the affected markets with digital over-the-air antennas at no extra cost.

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