Dish Network, CBS reach deal after millions miss Chargers-Cowboys game

Nearly three million customers were unable to watch the Chargers-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game.

The blackout impacted the home cities of CBS’ Thanksgiving Day game, along with other major markets like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston. Terms of the agreement that ended the two-day blackout, a common occurrence of late between networks and cable/satellite operators, were not disclosed. 

“We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the number one Network brings to viewers in these markets,” said Ray Hopkins, president of television networks distribution for CBS in a statement. “Dish customers will continue to get CBS’ must-have content, while we are also able to achieve our short and long-term economic and strategic goals.”

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The blackout drew outrage on social media, especially among Cowboys and Chargers fans who were unable to watch the Chargers’ 28-6 victory. Many turned to CBS’ streaming service to view the games. 

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The deal between the CBS-owned affiliates and Dish Network also includes CBS Sports Network, POP and Smithsonian Channel, according to the news release. 

Beyond the nation’s biggest media markets, the blackout also impacted Dish Network customers in Seattle, Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. 

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