Dish and CBS reach deal after Thanksgiving NFL blackout

Kevin James appears in a scene from the CBS show

Kevin James appears in a scene from the CBS show"Kevin Can Wait

Financial details were not disclosed.

SIGN UP to watch CANADA BASKETBALL throughout the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, including its November 24 qualifier against the Bahamas, on DAZN, the ultimate sports streaming service in Canada. The channels are now being restored to DISH customers. Dish's statement also pointed out that viewership data "reveals that on CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel, average viewership is down more than 10 percent in the past three years".

In the meantime, Dish stated it plans to provide subscribers in the affected markets with digital over-the-air antennas at no extra cost.

The agreement, reached late Thursday, means Dish subscribers in Boise and other cities once again have access to CBS content.

CBS fired back in its statement Wednesday, claiming that Dish Network is "desperate to retain subscribers" and "clearly, pulling content providers off the air is Dish's way of doing things".

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Sources had said earlier this week that Dish and CBS had engaged in contract discussions over carriage fees since January, highlighting several months of alleged failed negotiations.

Other markets, including New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago, contended with blackouts that left millions unable to view Thanksgiving Day's Chargers-Cowboys game.

Media companies and pay-TV providers are tussling over how to split revenue from cable and satellite customers as subscriptions drop. After inputting your ZIP code, you can scroll down to the Make Your Voice Heard section, where Dish lists all of the local businesses advertising on specific CBS channels.

There have been 212 programming blackouts on various pay-TV systems in 2017 - more than double the number from a year ago, according to the American Television Alliance, a Washington-based group that represents cable and satellite TV providers.

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