Dish Network and CBS end their three-day-old programming fee fight

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"We are pleased we have reached a deal with DISH, who recognizes the value that the number one Network brings to viewers in these markets", said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation.

CBS officials said they, too were happy that the tiff was over.

CBS fired back in its statement Wednesday, claiming that Dish Network is "desperate to retain subscribers" and "clearly, pulling content providers off the air is Dish's way of doing things".

Hundreds of thousands of Dish subscribers lost access to their local CBS affiliates Tuesday morning as the satellite provider and network engaged in unsuccessful negotiations about carriage rates. Sunday's Rams-New Orleans game from the Coliseum will be carried on CBS as scheduled, as well as many high-profile college football games on CBS and CBSSN this weekend. On the site, Dish alleges CBS is asking the satellite operator to pay "more than 50 percent higher than what we now pay to carry this channel". CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms". The terms likely don't matter to customers; the return means Dish customers get access to their local CBS channels, plus Pop, Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, for the long holiday season.

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

Dish Network and CBS Corp. say their three-day fight over programming fees is over, and CBS programming is now available for Dish customers.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish.

CBS went dark for about 12 hours during a similar carriage dispute with Dish in 2014. That includes Dish Network customers in the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco markets. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".

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