A deadline is looming in the latest retrans dispute between CBS and Dish Network, raising the possibility that the CBS and CW O&O’s will be pulled off the satellite service. TVNewsCheck reports that the deadline is midnight tonight in Denver, where Dish Network has its headquarters.
The dispute does not affect the CBS-owned cable channels.
“CBS owns local broadcast stations in most of the nation’s biggest markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, Miami, Tampa, Minneapolis, Denver, Pittsburgh and Baltimore,” the report notes. CBS also owns eight CW stations.
“It was exactly three years ago today that Dish Network and CBS went through the exact same exercise regarding the CBS local stations and national programming networks,” TVNewsCheck reports. “After a series of short extensions, the CBS broadcast stations left the DBS service for about 12 hours beginning on the night of Dec. 12, 2014, before the two sides announced a new agreement and the CBS locals returned to Dish Network.”