UPDATED: 4:01 PM: Fear not, Dish subscribers hoping to watch the Thanksgiving Day Bears-Lions NFL game with family rather than, you know, talking to them: CBS is staying on the satellite service for the holiday. The network issued a statement this afternoon saying that its deadline for a carriage deal with Dish has been extended again amid ongoing talks. The extension means Dish subscribers also can watch CBS’ slate of Sunday NFL games. “A short-term extension into next week has been granted while negotiations continue,” CBS said. If that sentiment sounds familiar, read on.
PREVIOUSLY, November 20: CBS this afternoon issued this statement about its negotiations with Dish Network: “CBS has agreed to a short term extension while negotiations continue.”
The extension keeps CBS on Dish until Tuesday afternoon. Two days earlier the network was much more verbal, when it turned up the heat on Dish as the companies negotiate an extension of the broadcaster’s carriage agreement. “Dish has been deliberately dragging its feet for months,” CBS said Tuesday in a statement aimed at its customers. With the deadline approaching, “Dish appears willing to drop the most popular programming in its entire channel lineup because it won’t negotiate the same sort of deal that other cable, satellite and telco companies have struck with CBS.”
The broadcaster adds that “Not reaching agreements is nothing new for Dish. In fact, Dish has dropped more than 120 stations since 2013 alone, whereas CBS has only had one service disruption” — its much written about showdown with Time Warner Cable.
Late last week CBS began warning Dish subscribers that the No. 2 satellite company “may drop” the network-owned stations in 14 cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit. Dish said at the time that “only CBS can force a blackout of its channels” and that it is “actively working to reach a deal before the contract expires… We are unsure why CBS decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is time for the two parties to reach a mutually beneficial deal.”