This morning after a long battle with CBS Dish dropped CBS-owned CBS locals, CBS Sports Network, Pop, and the Smithsonian Channel. Both sides are blaming the other but the story is one we have all heard before.
CBS wants more money and Dish is fighting back against having to raise their fees.
In a statement CBS said: “Effective 11:59 PM/AM, MT/1:59 AM, ET, Dish has dropped CBS and several other local television stations owned by CBS, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. In addition, CBS Sports Network, Pop and the Smithsonian Channel have been dropped. Since 2013, Dish has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing nearly 400 television stations, clearly indicating that these tactics are commonplace for them. This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace. And now, Dish subscribers are in jeopardy of being without CBS over the Thanksgiving holiday, which would mean they would miss CBS Sports’ NFL and SEC football coverage beginning Thursday, Nov. 23, with the Thanksgiving Day game featuring the Los Angeles Chargers taking on the Dallas Cowboys, as well as Sunday’s NFL Doubleheader; and SEC Football on Friday and Saturday. For more information, Dish subscribers can go to www.KeepCBSonDish.com.”
Dish fired back to say CBS is attempting to force-bundle unrelated and low-performing cable channels at a premium price.
“By attempting to force-bundle its cable channels with its local broadcast stations, CBS is using local viewers as leverage to raise rates for channels fewer people are watching,” Schlichting said.
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