CBS Warns Viewers That It May Go Dark on Dish Network

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CBS started alerting viewers Friday night that Dish Network could pluck out the Eye in certain markets, in the latest dispute to hit the pay-TV biz.

“Attention, Dish customers! You could soon lose CBS,” the broadcaster’s spots said. Over all, there are 14 CBS-owned stations covered under Dish agreement, plus seven CW, two My Network TV and three independent stations. CBS has relaunched for the Dish dispute, in a replay of its carriage fight with Time Warner Cable last year.

CBS’s contract with Dish is set to expire Nov. 20. In addition, Showtime and CBS Sports Network could be affected on Dish if the companies fail to reach an agreement. As of the end of September, Dish had about 14 million TV subscribers, after losing a net 12,000 subs in the third quarter.

In a statement, Dish said: “Only CBS can force a blackout of its channels. Dish is actively working to reach a deal before the contract expires and has successfully negotiated agreements representing hundreds of stations in recent months that benefit all parties, including our viewers. We are unsure why CBS decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is time for the two parties to reach a mutually beneficial deal.”

Dish’s website with info and updates on the CBS situation is (which prompts visitors to enter their ZIP code).

Separately, Dish is in a standoff with Turner Broadcasting over carriage terms. On Oct. 21, the satcaster lost access to CNN, Cartoon Network and other channels. Dish’s deals for Turner’s TNT and TBS are due to expire later this month. Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said the satellite TV carrier is prepared to drop the Turner networks for good, although he said he was hopeful of reaching a deal with CBS.

The Dish-CBS standoff could black out the following stations — KCBS (L.A.), WCBS (New York), WBBM (Chicago), WBZ (Boston), KYW (Philadelphia), WCCO (Minneapolis), WFOR (Miami), WJZ (Baltimore), WWJ (Detroit), KCNC (Denver), KDKA (Pittsburg), KOVR (Sacramento), KPIX (San Francisco) and KTVT (Dallas) — along with several CW and independent channels.

CW stations are WUPA (Atlanta), WKBD (Detroit), WPSG (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh (WPCW), KMAX (Sacramento), KBWC (San Francisco) and KSTW (Seattle); My Network TV stations are WSBK (Boston) and WBFS (Miami); and unaffiliated stations are KCAL (L.A.), WLNY (New York) and KTXA (Dallas).

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  1. darla Rawley says:

    I don’t think it’s right for them to take away channels we have been watching for years what about all the soaps people have watched for years zi[61032

  2. Tammy Duncan says:

    I watch Wsaz Ty and CW all the time DO NOT Take it OFF!!!!!!!

  3. Woodson says:

    Love cbs channels on dish and yes we do pay extra PLEASE KEEP THEM!!!!!! PLEASE

  4. Edna Cox says:

    Please do not pull the plug on cbs! We pay extra to have local channels on dish. Greediness is going to lose dish network a lot of customers!! GET IT WORKED OUT!

  5. Robert Wager says:

    Please do not pull the plug on one of our better channel’s
    Sounds like a greedy situation.

  6. Susan L Farris says:

    Get this mess worked out!! neither side should be greedy, Elderly people depend on their favorite stations and programs.

  7. Sharon Turner says:

    I have been waiting for dish sattelight to get channels back so we can watch the Seattle Seahawks.
    While We are still waiting, now I see that we may lose CBS all of turner broadcasting stations also.
    I feel like I pay for services I am not getting and I may lose even more stations.
    I am considering changing carriers so we can watch the SeaHawks and to avoid the loss of more channels later.
    I have tried to be patient but this is sounding very unstable.
    In addition, Dish does not want to update my boxes.
    They want me to get an adapter which I have to pay for broadband for it to work.
    My broadband does not work on a consistent basis.
    Dish is happy to have me waste my time at least onece a week so they can reset it rather than replace the equipment that isn’t working properly.
    I pay for broadband and it isn’t consistently available, I pay for channels I am not getting, and I may lose more.
    It feels like changing carriers would solve all my issues.

  8. Yun Ciborowski says:

    What i do not realize is actually how you are not really much more well-liked than you might be right now. You’re so intelligent. You realize thus considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs great. Always maintain it up!

  9. Jim simpson says:

    If dish drops channel 9 I will be forced to solicit an alternative carrier that provides this channel

    • Ernie Morgan says:

      I am tired of this if I lose CBS that I watch mostly i am gone it should not me be to do your business I am so sick of it my thousand dollars a year is history if you pull the plug on CBS Thursday I am GONE

  10. john coble says:


  11. Gene Stickley says:

    Please DO NOT remove CBS (WUSA9) from Dish Network!

  12. joe says: link doesnt work. Lmfao…… if the channels go away then so do i and all my blogg followers. Their little fights dont invlove me…….. (had to type this 3 times since the site changes what I type after posting)

  13. Deal a Mingus says:

    Please keep our local channel! We enjoy our dish network! 😄

  14. joyce davis says:

    please keep cbs

  15. Brenda coeny says:

    *Wisconsin sorry spelled it wrong in last post

  16. Brenda coeny says:

    Please reach an agreement!! Here in wisconson our AMAZING qb Aaron Rodgers plays 3 games this year on cbs if i dont get cbs before Oct 11th i will be switching to direct. Football season is a must in my house… Did dish ever think of how many customers they will lose? Just pay the extra money to get our local station back!! You love your customers right???? So prove it

  17. Della says:

    Lets just turn the tv off.

  18. here we go again, same old s### again.

  19. Beth Browne says:

    I just signed up with Direct TV that has merged w/AT&T. I had no idea I might not be able to get CBS. Several really important shows I watch are on this network. What is going on? I don’t understand all of this craziness. What can we do to ensure we will not loss CBS. I am obligated to stay with Direct TV for two years, so I am very upset.

  20. Janet says:

    Please keep CBS on Dish. Those on this system really need to have access to CBS. Your programs, news station and all are watched daily! Please don’t take this station away from us!! I am a dish network customer and rely on this station daily. The variety of programs is wonderful and will totally be missed. Thank you!

  21. Chris McGrath says:

    Need to keep CBS channel eight (8) for a variety of local and national news and
    broadcasting. No note make a decision to delete this station. I am a dish network

  22. sherrill brow says:

    I want you to keep cbs…..

  23. Samantha says:

    I miss my CBS sitcoms. If they won’t allow people without Cable to see regular network tv, that is Sad.
    I cancelled cable because CBS was my favorite station and I knew I could count on watching them #CBS took away my tv. No, I will not pay for your CBS contract if I didn’t want to pay cable for hundreds of channels I don’t watch. You are only hurting the industry by pulling #CBSLA.

  24. deb kropik says:

    I don’t have cable and my CBS went out last night. It said no signal

  25. Tina says:

    The longer dish goes without CBS their shows will loose ratings. And your stocks will continue to drop. Maybe your corporation should think about that.
    There will be millions of people that won’t be watching your programming.

  26. Randall says:

    I just found I get cbs over the air free. Have not missed a single show Why do I want to pay Dish who pays CBS for programming they are giving away free. I want dish to allow you drop local channel and save money. Bundle the locals and make it an option- add the bundle if you want or watch for free and save money.

    • David Neale says:

      Funny thing is that Dish and DirecTV both used to make the local stations optional..usually $5-6/mo. Then they raised their prices and added them to their ‘standard’ bundles. Sneaky, and it played right into the hands of the broadcasters who love that retransmission money. It’s time for viewers to take back their television, freely watch what’s free, and and then pay for only what they want.

  27. Denise F Drywater says:

    I am so pissed off I am not going to go work out my vampire diaries first we had to deal with them taken out your TV off and then back on I cannot go without vampire diaries stop it already

  28. deckape2 says:

    this is only reason why I don’t have satellite or cable.. I use over the air channels get a lot more channels than expected.. if I need major news, I use the internet, its far more unbiased than MSM and extra stations I don’t care to pay for..

  29. Karen says:

    I believe that the Networks are unfairly increasing rates for the providers of service. You should know that people are getting tired of being the ones footing the bill, when most of the expense is being pocketed by the CEO’s and other higher ups working for the Networks.

  30. janette berry says:

    Please do not drop CBS from my viewing area …74053 is my zip code. ..I am oN disability and don’t want to switch sattelight companies

  31. Walters says:

    Cbswhat is your problem if u r losing all networks do u really care what we have to say we watch all our shows on ur change don’t be do greedy fix this or we don’t have to watch u at all.thank u all at change 6 for making our life so entertaining canceling everything we watch I first got onto dish but now I’m hearing its u change 6 come on I watched u since I was little ur not going broke u money honey folks u might go broke if all these networks quit carrying u.If u have no one watching u what will u do then then u will go broke and we will laugh don’t let the people choose cause u won’t like it at all u lost direct tv and now dish next Cox then what broke and jobless u choose it period

  32. Lori sharpe says:

    Please don’t drop this channel or we will be forced t drop u and that we will do.We watch most of our shows from Chandler 6 and we will stick by them because they have been around since I was a child and before go ahead but u will lose a lot of customers period as for me and my family there u have it quit change 6 and u will lose it all we r dedicated to that change so snooze u lose

  33. jlopie1 says:

    DirectTV has dropped our local CBS channel this morning. Don’t bother changing from DISH, this is obviously a CBS-created problem with whatever cable provider does not want to raise it fees to broadcast CBS programming. Come on, CBS, get over the greed! Many people have no other viewing options due to location! Happy New Year.

  34. Diana Pitt says:

    This is some bs I need my channels asap

  35. J. J. says:

    It is amazing to me what people or companies will do for money. They do not care about anyone else but their own pockets.

  36. Kathy says:

    I understand the hopper issue but really CBS…if we tape a show, we skip through the commercials so what’s the big deal. Don’t blame DISH for modern technology. CBS ratings are very low and there are very few shows I watch, so to me it’s no big deal to me. Keep being stupid and ultimately you’ll lose a lot of viewers.

  37. Ann Varga says:

    CBS tv shows have not been aired tonight. I don’t want to be held hostage while two companies dispute each other. Keep CBS on!

  38. Jane says:

    A lot of my favorite programs are on CBS. If it goes, I go….

  39. Helen says:

    I hope they can come to an agreement. I enjoy the programs and news at noon at 4:00 p.m. on CBS.

  40. Larry says:

    Can’t believe after so many years we the people can’t watch what we want like channel 2, Showtime, which I pay for…everything today is about MONEY!!! Really sad, but I will cancel Dish!

  41. Pam Causey Granbury Texas says:

    Dish and CBS stop the non sense. Remember you are not the only game in town. Don’t force us to change to cable, or Direct or whoever after 20+ years. We pay enough for the extra channels as it is.

  42. Barbara says:

    Dish and CBS are acting like spoiled children with too much candy that they don’t want to share.Don’t forget who pays your outrageous salaries. What ever happened to sharing. Get over yourselves and work this out or you will both lose customers.

  43. tina says:

    Please keep CBS!! Most of the shows I watch are on CBS.

  44. jerry master says:

    I just talk to Dish they say that cbs wants a 80% increase, that increase would be past on to the customer. that Is unacceptable Thanks to dish for thinking of your customers.

    • Jay Morgan says:

      You have it backwards, CBS pays DISH for carriage, it’s DISH that jacked up the rates and CBS doesn’t want to pay the blackmail rates, so DISH makes CBS look like the bad guys in the eyes of the consumer. DirecTV perfected this ruse, DISH is now doing the same thing. Isn’t it amazing how you can screw over your own customers and make someone else look like the bad guy.

      • David Neale says:

        Wrong. DISH (and its customers) are required to pay CBS for retransmission consent. The irony is that CBS stations are free to watch if you have an antenna. As long as people are willing to pay cable and satellite companies for free TV, then the broadcasters will continue to demand more money.

  45. Judith Masse- Kaffine says:

    CBS – WCCO in Minneapolis has the best morning news show with Charlie Rose and one of the best Friday night shows in Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck. I do not want to lose the SEC games nor anything else on WCCO.I am a senior citizen and I have watched WCCO t.v. since I was a teen ager. Thanks for keeping this station.

  46. Id hate to lose dish over cbs, but honestly dish is not all that great.

  47. Nay says:

    Please leave CBS,there are a lot of programs I watch besides football.but I will switch cable providers

  48. Norman Baker says:

    I don’t care who’s doing the posturing in the contract negotiations. If CBS is gone from Dish too then so am I as a subscriber. That includes satellite TV and Internet, hello Dish Network and local internet access.

  49. Jerry Nelson says:

    Channel 4 wcco in Minneapolis MN. is my most watched channel ,for local news and programs ,I will have to go back and forth to my antenna , not to handy

  50. I have been watching CBS, WBZ my whole life! I am Tired of all of the Crap that goes on with the Greed.The Fighting and all of the Childish Behavior between Turner, Dish, ABC, TNT, TBS, CNN etc.

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