Dish Network and CBS end their three-day-old programming fee fight

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The parties' current dispute - an increasingly common issue in recent years among various carriers and content providers - revolved around the fees Dish would pay CBS for 28 local channels as well as three cable channels.

The dishpromise.com site also has a Ways to Watch section where you can select CBS programming from a drop-down menu in order to find ways to watch it during the Dish blackout. Fans were forced instead to use the CBS' streaming service to watch the games. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms".

Hundreds of thousands of Dish subscribers lost access to their local CBS affiliates Tuesday morning as the satellite provider and network engaged in unsuccessful negotiations about carriage rates. "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".

The blackout kept Dish subscribers in the affected markets from watching CBS' coverage of Thursday's Chargers-Dallas Cowboys NFL game and other programming and threatened Friday and Saturday's college football coverage and Sunday's NFL broadcasts. "Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".

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The two sides were fighting over the fees CBS wanted from Dish for retransmission.

After a 3-day stand-off, the CBS package has come back to DISH, making many people happy, but perhaps permanently losing others.

"We are pleased that we have reached a deal with Dish, [which] recognizes the value that the No. 1 network brings to viewers in these markets", Ray Hopkins, president of TV networks distribution for CBS.

Dish to carry the CBS stations, along with CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel.

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