The latest Dish – CBS carriage dispute is starting to get a little nasty — and also unfortunately this may impact some viewers this Thanksgiving. As of right now viewers hoping to catch either Survivor or Criminal Minds are going to be impacted by the satellite provider dropping the network; meanwhile, the same goes for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers. Given that this game is a highly-rated annual tradition, this is where we could end up seeing the biggest overall impact where the pressure is put on Dish in order to restore programming.
In a statement (per Deadline), a rep for CBS makes it clear that the two parties are not even close to making a deal happen; as a result of that, they have not allowed for an extension to keep the programming on the air for the time being:
“We obviously want to strike a fair deal with Dish as soon as possible – but we remain far apart on terms.”
Meanwhile, Dish themselves tells the site that it’s not their fault that CBS is asking for what they feel is far too much money in order to keep their programs on the air:
“To be clear, CBS blacked out its own viewers. CBS threatening families this Thanksgiving and to drag this out for weeks would be a punishment solely at the hand of CBS. It was their choice, and at this hour we continue to wait for CBS to respond to our latest offer.”
While we don’t want to make overall judgments based on a fairly small sample size of statements, it does appear (based on the responses to the tweet below) that most viewers seem to be more on the side of Dish. It’s not difficult to understand that given that prices for most services are going up these days, largely because many networks want more for some of the programming that they are providing. CBS is without a doubt a valuable network for any provider to have, given that they are the most-watched network in America and deliver near-constant hits. Yet, they also have the CBS All Access streaming service where you can now pay to watch their programming without having a cable package at all, if you so choose. This, plus all streaming services in general these days, do have a tendency to complicate matters when it comes to these carriage disputes.
Eventually, this will be resolved as many of them often are — yet, Dish does seem to have these far more than many other providers out there.
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