DISH, CBS extend retrans talks to avoid blackouts
| 27 November 2014
DISH Network and CBS have extended their retransmission deal a second time, to provide more time to hammer out a long-term arrangement.
CBS-owned and operated stations in 14 markets, premium channel Showtime and cable channel CBS Sports Network were set to disappear 20 November from DISH's line-up absent a new content carriage deal, but the two decided to give themselves five more days to come to an agreement. Now, the relief period has been extended into next week while negotiations continue.
DISH has been embroiled in several retrans issues lately. In an echo of the CBS arrangement, it has temporarily restored CNN, CNN en Español, HLN, Boomerang, truTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim and Turner Classic Movies to its 14 million national customers. A long-term deal has yet to be struck in that arena as well.
The satcaster is also set to drop Comcast's SportsNet regional sports networks from its TV line-up if a new carriage agreement isn't hammered out by 2 December.
Comcast has contracts with DISH for four RSNs run by NBC Sports Group: CSN Chicago, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSNBay Area and CSN California. DISH is claiming that Comcast is demanding a nearly 20% price increase for more than 90% of DISH customers in each of the affected markets.