CBS to Pull Network Programming From Dish on Dec. 4Lucas Shaw
CBS Corp. said it will pull the most-watched U.S. broadcast network from Dish Network Corp.’s satellite TV service if the two sides fail to reach a new fee agreement by Dec. 4.
CBS won’t accept another short-term deal after the parties twice extended an existing deal, the New York-based broadcaster said today in a statement. Dish, which has 14 million subscribers, is also negotiating a new programming pact with Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting, owner of TBS and TNT.
“For six months, CBS has been vigorously attempting to secure fair carriage deals with Dish,” the network said in the statement. “During that time, Dish has clearly not been operating with the same sense of urgency.”
CBS airs hit shows such as “NCIS” and “The Good Wife,” and carries National League Football games on Sundays. Time Warner Cable Inc. lost 300,000 of its TV subscribers a year ago during the month it dropped CBS in a contract dispute. After a public standoff, Time Warner Cable agreed to pay CBS significantly more for its programming.
CBS said Dish viewers will lose its programming from the service at 7 p.m. local time on Dec. 4.
Bob Toevs, a spokesman with Englewood, Colorado-based Dish, pointed to an earlier company statement.
“Only CBS can force a blackout of its channels,’’ the company said. “Dish is actively working to reach a deal before the contract expires and has successfully negotiated agreements representing hundreds of stations in recent months that benefit all parties, including our viewers.”