With its carriage deal with Dish Network expiring Thursday, Nov. 20, CBS Corp. has agreed keep its channels on the satellite operator's program guide until Nov. 25.
The House of Representatives passed a compromise version of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), keeping intact language that would end the FCC's ban on set-top boxes with integrated security features.
As predicted by analysts and the satellite carrier itself, the auction established a value for Dish's wireless licenses. And that value is certainly pleasing to Dish shareholders, with the highly successful auction heading in its late rounds towards total bids of $20 billion, nearly double the $10.07 billion reserve price.
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Turner Networks began warning Dish Network customers Tuesday that TNT and TBS could go dark on their satellite service Dec. 5, joining CBS in simultaneous public carriage battles against the pay-TV operator.
After launching a series of TV commercials warning Dish Network subscribers that they could soon lose access to SEC football games, Naval Criminal Investigative Services-themed procedural dramas and the Big Bang Theory, CBS Corp. sent out a statement Tuesday accusing the satellite operator of "dragging its feet for months" in retrans negotiations.
With the current retrans deal between the broadcast network and the satellite operator set to expire Nov. 20, CBS has already gone into propaganda mode, warning Dish Network subscribers of a possible blackout.
Responding to tough earnings-call comments made by Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen regarding ongoing retrans talks with his conglomerate, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves let loose with some pointed remarks of his own on Monday.
Signaling a concerning trend for pay-TV operators in the North American market, DirecTV reported subscriber losses of 28,000 for the third quarter. This compares unfavorably to the 139,000 U.S. customers DirecTV added in Q3 2013.
As he aggressively dragged a program licensing dispute into Dish Network's third-quarter earnings report Tuesday, I had to chuckle a bit at this particular Charlie Ergen barb: Choosing to permanently ditch Turner Networks' channels, he said it "would be a little bit tougher if their original programming was a success like AMC."