CBS Pulls Its Stations from Dish Network

CBS Pulls Its Stations from Dish

CBS said it pulled its stations from Dish Network in several major U.S. cities after the two sides failed to reach a new carriage deal, the latest example of the growing clash between companies that make video content and those that distribute it to consumers.

CBS programming is no longer available to Dish subscribers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and several other markets. Eighteen markets and more than 2 million people were said to be affected, according to a statement Dish released Friday night.

“What CBS seeks is appropriate compensation for the most-watched television network with the most popular content in the world, as well as terms that reflect the developing digital marketplace,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “We hope that we can reach an agreement very soon so we can all get back to the business of providing the best entertainment, news and sports to the Dish customers we both serve.”

“We are disappointed that CBS has chosen to black out their local channels, but remain optimistic that the channels will return quickly as both sides are continuing to work tonight to finalize an agreement,” Dish said in its statement.

The two sides’ inability to come to an agreement over terms comes after they extended talks twice. Their carriage agreement was supposed to end Nov. 20. Currently, the dispute appears to center on stations owned and operated by CBS Corp., and does not include premium cable outlet Showtime, which CBS also owns.

At the heart of this particular issue, it seems, is a difference over CBS Sports Network, according to Dish.

The growing fracas is yet another sign of the increased value media companies like CBS are placing on the revenue streams they derive from distributors of their programming. The shift comes as advertising revenue, once the primary fuel of the media economy, grows choppier as marketers place more emphasis on new venues like streaming video, mobile devices and social media.

New agreements likely include terms for carriage of content over broadband, which has become an important driver for cable and satellite distributors. Making programming available to subscribers who want to watch on a mobile device is growing more important to companies that want to keep their patronage. At the same time, media concerns want to be paid for that new method of delivery as well.

Dish recently had a similar disagreement with Time Warner’s Turner unit, and went so far as to take cable networks like CNN off the air.

As of the end of September, Dish had about 14 million TV subscribers.

The Dish-CBS standoff was expected to 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.

[Updated, 5:47 PM PT]

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  1. Daniela says:

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  2. Patricia hunt says:

    I don’t care about their cost fight I pay a lot of money to see what I want and if dish fails to provide me that service I’m sure I can find it elsewhere

  3. Frank Gallagher says:

    I pay for cable, ipay extra for on demand,i should not have to watch comercials on demand.

  4. Alanna Capps says:

    We are being held hostage – totally not fair, especially with Niners and Raiders football game Sunday!

  5. Kyle says:

    I’m not affected but I think this whole thing is stupid. cable and satellite providers should not even have to pay to retransmit OTA stations in the first place. They are doing these networks a service by getting more eyes on their channels and hence their ads! I wish the FCC would pass a law eliminating any retransmission fees for OTA networks!

  6. Cl Swain says:

    You also have the option of the Clear antenna. Here’s some info: CLEAR TV DIGITAL HD INDOOR ANTENNA
    No contracts. No monthly fees. No price hikes. Google it.

  7. so I have finally decided that CBS is really the bad guy here. They cut off access to a few cable companies, to DirecTV and now to Dish. So, CBS is a corporate monster that everyone hates, or maybe they are just trying to stay alive. I am guessing that CBS is a corporate monster that has become so greedy that they don’t care if people watch it or not. Oh, by the way, I haven’t watched anything on CBS since they had their argument with DirecTV. With over 500 channels, why would anyone worry about watching CBS?

  8. Michele. Berkowitz says:

    U all suck for money. And if I don’t get it back I will cancel cable forever. Loosers!!!!!!


    Guess what? Here in Los Angeles, we all already. Some time ago, Dish provided me with an OTA adapter that is inserted into the back of the Hopper system…you know all about the Hopper…that’s the Auto-hop and automatic prime-time programming feature that Les Moonves hates!

    So, I now have KCBS and KCAL using my rooftop antenna, and can go back to watching Judge Judy and ready for Paul Magers and Pat Harvey on the 5 p.m. local KCBS news while still using all of the features of the Dish Hopper system…no fuss…no muss.

    You know, this isn’t as big of a deal as losing any of the Turner networks. Why? Since Dish has provided us with a way in which to easily view the over-the-air channels, the threat by Les Moonves to pull KCBS and KCAL is no big deal.

    If you are a Dish customer, call right now and ask them for the OTA module for free! Make sure that your receiver has the capability for the OTA adapter (not all do). If not, insist that Dish replaces your receiver(s) so that you can watch KCBS, KCAL and/or any of the CBS O&O stations. Also, insist that Dish provides a hard money credit/discount for at least 3 months…try for 6 months. Depending on the value of your account, you’ll get either a $5.00 or $10.00 per month discount.

    If you are really mad at Dish, go ahead and downgrade your package/service to the Welcome Pack. It’s only $19.99 a month! That will send them a message about the loss of revenue.

    When Les Moonves and Charlie Ergen kiss and make-up and the CBS O&O’s return, go ahead and switch your package/programming back to what you had previously.

    And remember, in a few days (early December) Dish will be announcing it’s 2015 price increases. That’s like spinning the dreidel…and losing every time!

  10. Tripp Fell says:

    yey! Now all CBS has to do is pull their content from DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner and the other remaining sat/cable companies and this country will finally be taking some meaningful steps to rid itself of bad television. Hopefully the heads of Bravo and E! networks take their cues from Les….

  11. I’m so sick of this on EVERY level. Fat cats on both sides, disrupting my entertainment for their continued profit margins. Brilliant system they got going on there. Unbelievable.

  12. cadavra says:

    And last year, CBS pulled all its networks from Time Warner Cable for over a month. Hmmm…

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