We don’t often cover the business side of television, but this one is notable enough at this point that it should be reported on: Dish Network and CBS have failed to reach a new carriage agreement, and due to that, more than a dozen network affiliates, along with some CW programming and other independent stations, are no longer provided as of this afternoon.
Some of the programs that are lost to customers, including such markets as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, are a new episode of “The Amazing Race,” the Grammy Christmas concert, and potentially more substantial events like even football this weekend if the dispute persists for an extended period of time.
This is hardly the first time that Dish Network has been at a stalemate; they had a lengthy carriage dispute with AMC that left customers without the ability to watch many of their favorite shows for months at a time. Any time that we have something like this happen, the network is keen to blame the provider for not accepting their terms in an effort to screw customers; meanwhile, the provider always claims that they tried to negotiate a “fair” price, but the other party was asking for too much.
Given that this is CBS we are talking about here, we cannot see Dish being without the channels for a long period of time. The agreement should come pretty quickly, since you eventually run the risk of losing a ton of customers. AMC is bad; the most-watched network in America is far worse.
We’ll have some further updates on this subject as they become available, including if there is a major development that gets CBS viewers their programming back soon.
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