Updated: After culminating weeks of tense negotiations with a brief blackout, CBS Corp. announced in the wee hours Saturday morning that it had reached a new wide-reaching program licensing deal with Dish Network.
CBS Corp. has not executed on a threatened blackout of its stations and cable channels on Dish Network, as the two sides continue to negotiate renewals of retrans and carriage agreements.
After independently sending scathing anti-merger letters to the FCC for months, a group of pay-TV companies, programmers, labor unions and public interest groups have banded together to form the "Stop Mega Comcast" coalition.
CBS threatened Tuesday to remove its owned and operated stations and Showtime from Dish Network if renewals for retransmission and carriage aren't completed by Thursday at 7 p.m. EST.
Dish Network continues to grind its way through a complex, three-pronged web of program-licensing negotiations, carving out a short-term extension on Tuesday that keeps four Comcast-owned regional sports networks on the satellite service's program guide.
CBS Corp. announced that it has once again extended a just-expired retrans deal with Dish Network, giving the satellite operator until Tuesday to come to terms before executing a blackout.
Now that the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, a great deal of attention is turning to the role Dish Network may be playing in the bidding--and what the company might do with any spectrum it winds up with once the auction ends. FierceWireless ' Phil Goldstein examines the satellite operator's strategy in this report.
Already in various states of impasse with Turner Networks and CBS Corp. over program-rights renewals, Dish Network is facing the prospect of four Comcast-owned regional sports networks going dark on its service during the first week of December.
Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced an end to a bitter carriage standoff that saw CNN disappear from the satellite operator's program guide for a month, and also threatened to pull TNT and TBS from the service.
The Senate has unanimously approved a House bill that enables satellite-based pay-TV operators to pipe in broadcast signals from distant network stations to rural areas that lack a network affiliate.