CBS is blacked out on Dish Network days before Thanksgiving

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The parties' current dispute - an increasingly common issue in recent years among various carriers and content providers - revolved around the fees Dish would pay CBS for 28 local channels as well as three cable channels.

The CBS blackout on Dish came amid much tension between network owners like CBS and pay-TV distributor such as Dish.

For sports fans, that means several million will miss out on today's Chargers at Cowboys game airing on CBS. But both companies have now reached a multi-year deal after a blackout on CBS programming to two million subscribers for nearly three days. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms".

Dish Network and CBS agreed to a new multi-year contract, ending a blackout that would have left millions of satellite-TV subscribers without the nation's most-watched network and its popular football programming.

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The blackout affected almost 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes - including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region. If you're a customer in Chicago, Dish wants you to get in touch with businesses like Pizzeria Bebu, and Ahimsa Yoga Studio in order to help get CBS back on your TV.

Dish had offered free digital antennas and installation to its subscribers in the affected markets so they could continue to watch CBS programming and gave them the option to drop their local channels from their programming package, saving $10 on their monthly bill. On the site, Dish alleges CBS is asking the satellite operator to pay "more than 50 percent higher than what we now pay to carry this channel". The networks were being restored to Dish customers Thursday night, according to Warren Schlichting, Dish's executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales.

The dispute had affected 18 markets, where CBS signals had been pulled from Dish services.

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