Thanksgiving football’s coming, but CBS and Dish Network still ‘far apart’ on blackout

CBS and Dish Network don’t appear to be any nearer to making a deal to get rid of a blackout of CBS for Dish buyers, despite having Thanksgiving — and the traditional holiday NFL video game on CBS — fast approaching.

“We obviously want to strike a good deal with Dish as soon as possible — but we remain far aside on conditions,” CBS explained in a good statement on Wednesday.

Tuesday morning, localized stations owned by CBS went dark on Dish Network’s satellite television system. The network warned Dish buyers Monday that if a deal cannot be struck they might overlook CBS’ NFL and university football games over the long getaway weekend.

The blackout may be the result of a carriage fight between the two companies and impacts subscribers in New York, LA and other major markets. Dish says more than 2 million buyers nationwide are impacted by the blackout.

CBS said Wednesday that “Since it stands, Dish buyers won’t be seeing CBS in the days and weeks ahead.” which may be accurate, though it could also be general public posturing — these kind of disputes are occasionally resolved in hours or days.

CBS as well noted that observers of the disputes “are rarely thinking about the arguments of either party,” but made the point that CBS hasn’t been pulled off the air flow by any distributor since its last deal with Dish expired in 2014.

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Dish responded Wednesday by saying that “CBS blacked out its own visitors” and is “threatening households this Thanksgiving and drag this out for weeks would be a punishment solely at the hand of CBS.”

“It was their choice, and as of this hour we continue to await CBS to react to our latest give which we gave them before they chose to black out their channels,” the business said in a assertion. “The channels could keep coming back today if CBS allows it. We stand ready to negotiate and restore the channels instantly. On behalf of buyers, we ask CBS to avoid punishing its viewers.”

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