Just in time to threaten Thanksgiving NFL action for nearly 3 million Dish Network subscribers, a fee dispute between the satellite provider and CBS knocked CBS-owned stations and other CBS properties off the service in 18 cities.
The affected cities include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. In addition, CBS Sports Network, Pop and the Smithsonian Channel have been dropped by Dish.
The blackout took effect at about 2 a.m. ET today after the two sides were unable to come to an agreement by the deadline.
CBS issued a statement today pointing the finger at Dish Network, saying: “Since 2013, Dish has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing nearly 400 television stations, clearly indicating that these tactics are commonplace for them. This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace. And now, Dish subscribers are in jeopardy of being without CBS over the Thanksgiving holiday,”
CBS is scheduled to carry an NFL game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, along with an NFL doubleheader on Sunday and SEC college football on Friday and Saturday.
Please click here to read today’s full statement from CBS.