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CBS Will Stay on Dish Service as Carriage Talk Continues

CBS is staying on the air for Dish pay-television subscribers as the two companies negotiate a new programming agreement over how much the TV service pays.

CBS is staying on the air for Dish pay-television subscribers as the two companies negotiate a new programming agreement over how much the TV service pays for the most-watched TV network. Even though CBS is calling on viewers to pressure Dish Network to settle, consumers won't have much to say in the disputes. Phillip Swann, president and CEO of TVPredictions.com said, 'Consumers are really caught in the middle of these extremely wealthy companies negotiating rights and crafting strategies.' He added, 'It's maddening, because if you're a customer, you're thinking, 'I just want to watch my channel,' but all of these business decisions have nothing to do with whether you want to watch your channel or not.' Dish has an average of 14 million subscribers and is trying to minimize the fees it pays to carry programs broadcast by networks like CBS and Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal. CBS is striving to get as much as it can for the programming that includes the most-watched shows and NFL football.

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