DISH Blacks Out CBS Channels During Feud Over Fees

While DISH is currently our favorite satellite TV provider, their on-going feud with CBS is causing problems for their customers. As of this morning, subscribers to DISH have been blacked out from 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states.

Tensions between the two companies have been rising as CBS is seeking fees for retransmission of their content to customers of the satellite provider.

DISH is arguing that CBS is trying to “tax” customers for programming that isn't providing enough demand even going to say that the situation is “regrettable and unnecessary that CBS is bringing its greed into the homes of millions of families this Thanksgiving”.

While this is ultimately unfortunate news for DISH customers, there are some workarounds. For example, most of the CBS local programming is available free over-the-air (OTA), and the satellite provider will even provide a free OTA antenna for free to any affected customers.

If this isn't the option you want to pursue, you'll just have to wait until an agreement is made between the two parties. When will that be? We don't have the slightest clue, but we hope it is soon.

UPDATE (11/24/17): DISH and CBS have signed a multi-year carriage agreement thus restoring their partnership and the resulting channels to their satellite customers.


  • Since I entered a contract with Dish for 250 channels and due their feuding with CBS, I now only receive 249 channels. How do I get Dish to refund some of monthly fees I pay to receive 250 channels?

    • Hi Judith,

      You’d have to contract DISH directly to try and see if they would be able to sort this type of thing out.

      Best of luck!

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