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Rams’ game safe for Dish Network customers as deal with CBS reached; Chargers blacked out

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

Dish Network and CBS announced a new multi-year carriage agreement for its 18 owned-and-operated stations, including KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9 in Los Angeles, which restores carriage of those channels as well as CBS Sports Network.

The deal was reached late Thursday night, hours after the Chargers’ game in Dallas on CBS was not carried to some 400,000 customers in Los Angeles and 4 million others across the country. Sunday’s Rams-New Orleans game from the Coliseum will be carried on CBS as scheduled, as well as many high-profile college football games on CBS and CBSSN this weekend.

“We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

“We are pleased we have reached a deal with DISH, who recognizes the value that the number one Network brings to viewers in these markets,” said Ray Hopkins, president of the television networks distribution for CBS Corporation. “Dish customers will continue to get CBS’ must-have content, while we are also able to achieve our short and long-term economic and strategic goals.”

The agreement includes retransmission consent of CBS, and several other local television stations owned by CBS, on Dish in New York (WCBS and WLNY), Chicago (WBBM), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG), Dallas (KTVT and KTXA), San Francisco (KPIX and KBCW), Atlanta (WUPA), Boston (WBZ and WSBK), Seattle (KSTW), Tampa (WTOG), Detroit (WWJ and WKBD), Minneapolis (WCCO), Miami (WFOR and WBFS), Denver (KCNC), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW) and Baltimore (WJZ).

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


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