CBS Says No More Extensions for Dish Network

Latest Extension Expires on Thursday Night

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Both sides are lobbying consumers for support in their negotiations.
Both sides are lobbying consumers for support in their negotiations.
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CBS is done with extending its carriage agreement with Dish Network.

The network said Tuesday that if it does not reach a deal with the satellite giant by Thursday evening, Dish subscribers will lose the broadcaster's signal. While CBS this Thursday will air new episodes of its comedies "Mom" and "Two and a Half Men," its biggest show of the night, "The Big Bang Theory," will be a rerun.

Dish and CBS have reached two extensions over the past few week as they negotiate terms of a long-term renewal contract, which expired on Nov. 20. The most recent one came just in time for viewers to watch football on Thanksgiving Day.

"We would very much like to avoid going dark, thereby joining the more than 120 stations Dish has dropped since 2013 alone," CBS said in a statement. "Unless agreements are reached, however, our viewers should be prepared to lose CBS from their Dish systems on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. ET."

Carriage negotiations have become increasingly complicated as both sides argue about more than price but also rights to stream content.

Dish is currently working to introduce a slimmed-down cable package that will be delivered to consumers over the internet. At the same time, CBS recently introduced its own direct-to-consumer offering, CBS All Access.

Meanwhile, Dish is also still in carriage negotiations with Turner Broadcasting and up against the wire with Comcast Corp.'s SportsNet regional sports network, which carries San Francisco Giants games. Dish reached an extension with Turner to continue broadcasting TBS and TNT and restore carriage of channels like CNN and Cartoon Network, which is previously removed from the lineup.

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