The latest extension will stretch into next week, giving both sides breathing room during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
CBS and Dish had faced a Nov. 20 expiration of the satcaster’s previous deal that covered retransmission consent rights for the Eye’s 29 TV stations. As the clock ticked down last week, the sides agreed to a five-day extension to keep the lights on as talks inched along.
With the second extension now set to run at least another five days, it’s likely that the talks are encompassing more than just the O&O stations. In addition to Showtime, CBS’ cable assets include the CBS Sports Network and its joint ventures in Smithsonian Channel and TVGN.
The heart of the impasse in reaching a deal has not been financial issues but rights concerns with CBS content, namely Dish’s ability to include CBS content in the over-the-top service that it aims to launch as well as offering out-of-home viewing rights to full-freight Dish subscribers.
There’s also likely to be some scrapping over Dish’s Hopper DVR service that allows users to record large swaths of primetime with one button. The rollout of that cutting-edge DVR sparked lawsuits against Dish by the major broadcasters.