Dish Network has restored the Turner Broadcasting channels that have been missing from the lineup while Dish and Turner work out their differences over a carriage agreement, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The companies released a brief statement today, saying:
“Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced today that they have mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT. Dish and Turner will not have any further comment.”
The WSJ report notes that the accord is a short-term arrangement and the companies have yet to sort out their disagreement.
“The temporary agreement came on the verge of another standoff between Turner and Dish,” the story reports. “The distribution agreement for Turner’s popular channels TNT and TBS was set to expire on Dec. 5. Both those channels have hit shows and TNT also carries a heavy load of NBA basketball games as well as a large chunk of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.”
CNN, Cartoon Network and the other channels had been out of the Dish lineup since October. Without access to Dish’s 14 million customers, ratings for the Turner networks have suffered.
While the companies declined to provide details about the accord, the WSJ reports: “A person familiar with the deal said the extension for all the Turner networks runs to early spring. Going forward, all the Turner networks will be under the same contract as well, the person said.”
Dish is also engaged in difficult negotiations with CBS, as we reported earlier today.