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Dish Network subscribers in LA, other cities lose CBS before big football games

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By City News Service Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, left, celebrates with defensive back Desmond King after picking up a fumble and running it in for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Carson. The Chargers are playing the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, and Dish Network subscribers might not be able to see the game on the satellite network. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 3 million Dish Network subscribers in 18 cities, including Los Angeles, have lost access to their local CBS television station just two days before Thanksgiving, when many Americans watch NFL football, it was reported today.

The blackout comes amid a contentious fee dispute between satellite TV provider Dish Network and CBS Corp., which owns the television stations. Customers in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver and other markets also were hit by the blackout, which in addition to the local stations includes three CBS cable channels: CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel and Pop.

“Now, Dish subscribers are in jeopardy of being without CBS over the Thanksgiving holiday, which would mean they would miss CBS Sports, NFL and SEC football coverage beginning Thursday,” CBS said in a statement.

CBS is set to broadcast the NFL matchup between the Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

Dish struck back, offering to install an over-the-air antenna for most customers affected by the outage so they could continue to receive CBS. The satellite TV provider also promised to reduce subscribers bills by $10 per month if they agreed to drop the local TV stations from their lineup, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dish blamed the dispute on CBS’s demands for higher retransmission and cable affiliate fees even as viewership has declined. Such higher broadcast fees are contributing to the steady increases in pay-TV bills. Dish has […]    

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