Wednesday, March 3, 2021


CBS Blacks Out Local Channels for DISH Customers


UPDATED: Agreement Reached, Read Story Here

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and DISH Network L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of CBS owned stations across the country, as well as CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel, TVGN and Showtime Networks, which includes Showtime TV Everywhere and Video-on-Demand rights.

“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.”

“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.

Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. The agreement includes retransmission consent for CBS owned stations on DISH in New York (WCBS and WLNY), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL), San Francisco (KPIX and KBCW), Dallas (KTVT and KTXA),  Denver (KCNC), Boston (WBZ and WSBK), Chicago (WBBM), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW),  Atlanta (WUPA), Baltimore (WJZ), Detroit (WWJ and WKBD), Miami (WFOR and WBFS), Minneapolis (WCCO), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX), Seattle (KSTW) and Tampa (WTOG). The agreement also grants DISH rights to Showtime Video-on-Demand content and authentication rights for Showtime Anytime, and includes a path to over-the-top distribution of Showtime Networks.

The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop. As part of the accord, DISH’s AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for CBS Television Network-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.

Tonight, CBS blocked over 2 million DISH Network L.L.C. customers’ access to its owned-and-operated local channels in 18 markets due to an impasse on the unrelated “CBS Sports Network.”

“We are disappointed that CBS has chosen to black out their local channels, but remain optimistic that the channels will return quickly as both sides are continuing to work tonight to finalize an agreement.”

CBS has blocked viewers from the following channels:

  • KOVR-TV, Channel 13 (CBS, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
  • KMAX-TV, Channel 31 (CW, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
  • WUPA-TV, Channel 69 (CW, Atlanta)
  • WJZ-TV, Channel 13 (CBS, Baltimore)
  • WBZ-TV, Channel 4 (CBS, Boston (Manchester))
  • WSBK, Channel 38 (MyTV, Boston (Manchester))
  • WBBM-TV, Channel 2 (CBS, Chicago)
  • KTVT-TV, Channel 11 (CBS, Dallas-Ft. Worth)
  • KTXA-TV, Channel 21 (Independent, Dallas-Ft. Worth)
  • KCNC-TV, Channel 4 (CBS, Denver)
  • WWJ-TV, Channel 62 (CBS, Detroit)
  • WKBD-TV, Channel 50 (CW, Detroit)
  • KCBS-TV, Channel 2 (CBS, Los Angeles)
  • KCAL-TV, Channel 9 (Independent, Los Angeles)
  • WFOR-TV, Channel 4 (CBS, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale)
  • WBFS-TV, Channel 33 (MyTV, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale)
  • WCCO-TV, Channel 4 (CBS, Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  • WCBS-TV, Channel 2 (CBS, New York)
  • KYW-TV, Channel 3 (CBS, Philadelphia)
  • WPSG-TV, Channel 57 (CW, Philadelphia)
  • KDKA-TV, Channel 2 (CBS, Pittsburgh)
  • WPCW-TV, Channel 19 (CW, Pittsburgh; also available in Johnstown-Altoona-State College PA)
  • KPIX-TV, Channel 5 (CBS, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose)
  • KBCW-TV, Channel 44 (CW, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose)
  • KSTW-TV, Channel 11 (CW, Seattle-Tacoma)
  • WTOG-TV, Channel 44 (CW, Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota))

Showtime remains available and is not subject to the blackout.

To learn more about DISH’s negotiations with CBS, visit

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