CBS blacks out DISH subscribers

DISH has reported that CBS Corporation chose to black out DISH customers´ access to 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states, the company said.

CBS is blocking consumers in an effort to raise carriage rates for local channels and gain negotiating leverage for unrelated cable channels, all with declining viewership on DISH.

As DISH works to reach an agreement, the company is offering digital over-the-air (OTA) antennas at no cost so that customers in affected markets can watch CBS´s local broadcast channels for free. Eligible DISH customers have the option to completely drop their local channels from their programming package, saving USD 10 on their monthly bill.

In recent weeks, thousands of eligible DISH customers in CBS markets have made the switch to OTA, accessing news, popular network shows and sports from CBS and other local channels for free, over the air. Customers with qualifying equipment, programming, and location can choose to receive local channels free over the air and save USD 10 per month on their bill. At no cost, DISH will install an antenna for qualifying customers in CBS markets based on the reception available at their home.

Local station availability over the air is dependent on geographic location and topography. Consequently, some customer locations may not qualify for an antenna installation.

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.203 million pay-TV subscribers, as of September 30, 2017, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. Visit www.dish.com.