Posted Mon Dec 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM PST by Steven Cohen
The companies have finally come to terms on a new deal.
After months of negotiations, extended deadlines, and ultimatums, CBS and DISH have signed a multi-year carriage agreement. The deal was made after CBS briefly blacked out it's network from several DISH markets on Friday night.
"We are very pleased with this deal, which meets all of our economic and strategic objectives," said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. "We look forward to having DISH as a valued partner for many years to come."
The new contract covers CBS-owned stations throughout the US, as well as CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel, TVGN and Showtime Networks, including Showtime TV Everywhere and Video-on-Demand rights. In addition, the deal offers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations on DISH in several major markets and provides DISH with a path to over-the-top distribution of Showtime Networks.
"We are pleased to continue delivering CBS programming to our customers, while expanding their digital access to Showtime content through Showtime Anytime," said Warren Schlichting, DISH Senior Vice President, Programming.
CBS and DISH have not disclosed the financial terms of the deal, but the agreement dismisses all pending litigation between both parties, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop. With that in mind, DISH's AutoHop commercial-skipping option will not be available for CBS-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.
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