NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CBS (CBS) left little doubt on Tuesday that its contract talks with the Dish Network (DISH) aren't going well, and that customers of the satellite-TV service could lose the channel by Thursday at 7pm New York time.
Here's the CBS statement:
"For six months, CBS has been vigorously attempting to secure fair carriage deals with Dish. During that time, Dish has clearly not been operating with the same sense of urgency. In the last few weeks, we have granted two extensions, in the hopes that this would give both parties sufficient time to come to a resolution.
The second extension, which protected Dish subscribers' programming over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, was the final one. We would very much like to avoid going dark, thereby joining the more than 120 stations Dish has dropped since 2013 alone. Unless agreements are reached, however, our viewers should be prepared to lose CBS from their Dish systems on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM/ET."
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At issue, of course, is how much money Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen is prepared to pay CBS to to carry the network that remains the most watched on television.
CBS's carriage deal with Dish was due to expire on Nov. 25, but has twice been extended. If the two sides can't agree on a new contract, Ergen has threatened to take CBS off his satellite-TV network in 14 markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Denver, cities where the network owns its local TV station.