As negotiations continue between CBS and Dish Network, the companies headed off a potential blackout by agreeing to a five-day extension of their contract, Bloomberg reports. The agreement keeps CBS in the lineup for Dish’s 14 million pay-TV customers for the time being.
“Negotiations are continuing, New York-based CBS said [Wednesday, Nov. 19] in an e-mailed statement,” the story reports. “The network, which airs ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘NCIS,’ had warned viewers that Dish may stop carrying the channel when the contract expired [Wednesday]. Dish, the third-largest U.S. pay-TV provider, was ‘dragging its feet,’ CBS said on Nov. 18.”
Last month, Dish dropped several channels owned by Time Warner’s Turner, including CNN. Turner and Dish are still talking about TBS and TNT, which have deals with Dish that are set to expire soon.