CBS, Dish Network Deadline Passes Without Blackout, For Now

By Mark Joyella 

CBSTV

A threatened 7 p.m. ET deadline passed Thursday night without CBS going dark for Dish Network subscribers, with the network releasing a statement that negotiations “progress into the night.”

CBS and Dish have been in negotiations over a carriage dispute for six months, with CBS twice pushing back a final deadline. “In the last few weeks, we have granted two extensions, in the hopes that this would give both parties sufficient time to come to a resolution,” CBS said in a statement. “The second extension, which protected Dish subscribers’ programming over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, was the final one.” CBS has threatened to pull its owned-and-operated stations from Dish if a deal is not done.

Last month, Dish and Turner Broadcasting reached an agreement to return Turner networks including CNN and HLN after they had been dark for a month.

CBS-owned stations have been airing the following video urging viewers to demand that Dish Network negotiate and keep the network on the air:

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