"We're obviously interested in carrying CBS broadcast networks but feel like the other three middling cable networks are just a tax", said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of marketing, programming and media sales, in an interview. CBS Corporation and Dish Network Corporation have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of CBS owned stations across the country, as well as CBS Sports Network, as well as Pop and Smithsonian Channel.
Resolution of the blackout, which affected millions of Dish subs in 18 cities, was not expected to be imminent considering CBS issued a bleak assessment of the standoff before Thanksgiving, characterizing the negotiations as "far apart on terms".
Dish did not immediately return Fortune's request for updates on the situation; a spokesperson for CBS said there were no updates beyond the company's Wednesday statement.
"Our customers are clear: they don't want to pay a CBS tax".
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As per usual with such disputes, the satellite company is offering its customers free digital over-the-air antennas, which allow for one to still watch the broadcast networks, including CBS. CBS acknowledged that there are other alternative providers that carry CBS "and Dish subscribers would be wise to consider switching to one of those options".
"This particular dispute is yet another example of (Dish) punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace", the company said in a statement. "Since 2013, Dish has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing almost 400 television stations, clearly indicating that these tactics are commonplace for them". Dish says more than 2 million customers nationwide are impacted by the blackout. CBS went dark for many Dish subscribers in the same markets in December 2014 when the two sides couldn't reach a carriage agreement. CBS described this as Dish "dropping" its channels, while Dish said it was the result of a "CBS blackout."