HBO Hits Back at Dish, Says AT&T Ownership Not the Reason for Carriage Dispute

The war of words between HBO and Dish Network continued on Tuesday, with HBO is refuting Dish’s claim that AT&T is using the pay cable network as an “economic weapon” to get more money from Dish.
“The notion that AT&T ha…

The war of words between HBO and Dish Network continued on Tuesday, with HBO is refuting Dish’s claim that AT&T is using the pay cable network as an “economic weapon” to get more money from Dish.

“The notion that AT&T had anything to do with our inability to reach a reasonable deal with Dish is simply not true,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler, in a statement. “It seems to be a silly but transparent attempt on Dish’s behalf to muddy the waters for reasons only they can explain.” HBO has been dark on Dish Network services, including Sling TV, since Oct. 31 after the two companies failed to reach a new carriage agreement.

During Dish’s third-quarter earnings call on Tuesday, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen accused AT&T of requiring Dish to pay for a set number of subscribers for HBO, whether that amount actually signs up for HBO or not. According to Ergen, Dish would be effectively underwriting AT&T wireless subscribers who are offered HBO for free. HBO also has its own streaming service for non-TV customers, HBO Now.

“This is purely an anti-competitive play that we tried to warn about,” said Ergen, referencing the Department of Justice’s attempt to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which Dish supported. A ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon rejected the DOJ’s arguments that the acquisition of would harm both rivals and consumers. The DOJ has appealed the ruling, and a federal appeals court will hear arguments in December before ruling in early 2019.

“We’ve always been able to reach an agreement with HBO,” said Ergen, noting that the only difference this time is that AT&T, which also owns rival satellite distributor DirecTV, is now the owner. “We can’t sign a deal that we would actually pay for their customers.”

HBO, meanwhile, pointed out that it was Dish — Ergen has a lengthy history of carriage disputes with content providers — that made the decision to drop the channel. “In fact, we offered to extend our current contract while we continued negotiating. An idea that Dish initially agreed to and then oddly changed their mind about at the eleventh hour,” Plepler continued, arguing their proposal was actually an improvement over the current deal. “We’re actually perplexed by their unwillingness to take this proposal as an opportunity rather than perpetuating a conflict which only hurts consumers.”

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HBO Goes Dark for First Time Ever Over Dispute With Dish

HBO has gone dark for the first time ever, blacking out on both Dish and cord-cutting service Sling after failing reach a new agreement with the service providers’ parent company, Dish Network Corporation. HBO service on both platforms ceased at around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

In a statement issued shortly before the outage, HBO placed blame firmly on Dish Network. “During our forty plus years of operation, HBO has always been able to reach agreement with our valued distributors and our services have never been taken down or made unavailable to subscribers due to an inability to conclude a deal,” HBO said.

“Unfortunately, DISH is making it extremely difficult, responding to our good faith attempts with unreasonable terms. Past behavior shows that removing services from their customers is becoming all too common a negotiating tactic for them. We hope the situation with DISH changes soon but, in the meantime, our valued customers should take advantage of the other ways to access an HBO subscription so they can continue to enjoy our acclaimed programming.”

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Dish for its part accused HBO’s new parent company AT&T of playing hardball in order to shut out premium cable distributors it doesn’t own.

“Plain and simple, the merger created for AT&T immense power over consumers. It seems AT&T is implementing a new strategy to shut off its recently acquired content from other distributors,” said DISH senior vice president of programming Andy LeCuyer in a statement Wednesday night. “This may be the first of many HBO blackouts for consumers across the country. AT&T no longer has incentive to come to an agreement on behalf of consumer choice; instead, it’s been given the power to grab more money or steal away customers.”

Dish Network, HBO and AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment from TheWrap.

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HBO has gone dark for the first time ever, blacking out on both Dish and cord-cutting service Sling after failing reach a new agreement with the service providers’ parent company, Dish Network Corporation. HBO service on both platforms ceased at around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

In a statement issued shortly before the outage, HBO placed blame firmly on Dish Network. “During our forty plus years of operation, HBO has always been able to reach agreement with our valued distributors and our services have never been taken down or made unavailable to subscribers due to an inability to conclude a deal,” HBO said.

“Unfortunately, DISH is making it extremely difficult, responding to our good faith attempts with unreasonable terms. Past behavior shows that removing services from their customers is becoming all too common a negotiating tactic for them. We hope the situation with DISH changes soon but, in the meantime, our valued customers should take advantage of the other ways to access an HBO subscription so they can continue to enjoy our acclaimed programming.”

Dish for its part accused HBO’s new parent company AT&T of playing hardball in order to shut out premium cable distributors it doesn’t own.

“Plain and simple, the merger created for AT&T immense power over consumers. It seems AT&T is implementing a new strategy to shut off its recently acquired content from other distributors,” said DISH senior vice president of programming Andy LeCuyer in a statement Wednesday night. “This may be the first of many HBO blackouts for consumers across the country. AT&T no longer has incentive to come to an agreement on behalf of consumer choice; instead, it’s been given the power to grab more money or steal away customers.”

Dish Network, HBO and AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment from TheWrap.

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HBO Goes Dark For First Time In Its History Due to Standoff with Dish

For the first time in its 40-plus-year history, a blackout will keep HBO off the air of one of its biggest distributors. The signal for the AT&T-owned channel went dark on satcaster Dish and its sister virtual MVPD service Sling TV as of midnight T…

For the first time in its 40-plus-year history, a blackout will keep HBO off the air of one of its biggest distributors. The signal for the AT&T-owned channel went dark on satcaster Dish and its sister virtual MVPD service Sling TV as of midnight Thursday. Dish alone represents 2.5 million subscribers for HBO. An HBO […]

Sling TV Increases Digital-First Offering With 2 New Channels From Cinedigm

Sling TV, DISH’s streaming TV service launched in 2015, is beefing up its offering of digital-first channels with two new additions from Cinedigm.

Starting today, Cinedigm’s Docurama, which houses a collection of fact-based documentaries, and its fandom-focused CONtv will be available to SlingTV subscribers as individual add-ons for $5 a month each.

The launch of the two channels is a continuation of the agreement between Cinedigm and Sling TV, which began with the launch of the popular values-based Dove Channel on June 28, marking the first time in Cinedigm’s history that one of its OTT networks was offered through Sling TV.

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Cinedigm is excited to build upon our relationship with Sling TV with the addition of Docurama and CONtv,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm‘s Entertainment Group, in a statement. “These channels both cater to distinct audiences who are passionate, knowledgeable and know exactly what they want to see. We look forward to continuing to provide the rapidly growing Sling TV community with our diverse entertainment programming.”

Launched as a VOD service in 2014, Docurama provides viewers with a vast library featuring over 100 films, shorts, and series, as well as interviews and in-depth film festival coverage. This month, Sling TV viewers with a Docurama subscription can view the Nick Cave film “20,000 Days On Earth,” the fan-to-frontman fairytale “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” and the in-depth Mafia series “Gangster Empire.”

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With CONtv, a leading digital-first entertainment network devoted exclusively to fandom, viewers will have access to thousands of hours of content that encompasses sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, and martial arts action. CONtv’s offerings include kung fu fantasy “Immortal Demon Slayer,” fan-favorite anime series “Digimon Adventure,” alien time travel epic “Kung Fu Traveler” and “Hellraiser.”

This isn’t the first time Cinedigm has partnered with a streaming service to increase the visibility of its OTT channels. Earlier this year the North American Entertainment company partnered with Twitch, a gamer-focused social video platform owned by Amazon, to launch two linear channels on the platform utilizing content from its CONtv and Combat Go (an OTT channel dedicated to martial arts) properties. The channels were part of a new “Always On” initiative from Twitch to create a section on its site dedicated to housing linear content unrelated to gaming. Unfortunately, Twitch’s push into housing linear content hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the publishers its partnered with. But, for now, Cinedigm fans can still find its programming housed on the platform.

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Sling TV, DISH’s streaming TV service launched in 2015, is beefing up its offering of digital-first channels with two new additions from Cinedigm.

Starting today, Cinedigm’s Docurama, which houses a collection of fact-based documentaries, and its fandom-focused CONtv will be available to SlingTV subscribers as individual add-ons for $5 a month each.

The launch of the two channels is a continuation of the agreement between Cinedigm and Sling TV, which began with the launch of the popular values-based Dove Channel on June 28, marking the first time in Cinedigm’s history that one of its OTT networks was offered through Sling TV.

Cinedigm is excited to build upon our relationship with Sling TV with the addition of Docurama and CONtv,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm‘s Entertainment Group, in a statement. “These channels both cater to distinct audiences who are passionate, knowledgeable and know exactly what they want to see. We look forward to continuing to provide the rapidly growing Sling TV community with our diverse entertainment programming.”

Launched as a VOD service in 2014, Docurama provides viewers with a vast library featuring over 100 films, shorts, and series, as well as interviews and in-depth film festival coverage. This month, Sling TV viewers with a Docurama subscription can view the Nick Cave film “20,000 Days On Earth,” the fan-to-frontman fairytale “Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey,” and the in-depth Mafia series “Gangster Empire.”

With CONtv, a leading digital-first entertainment network devoted exclusively to fandom, viewers will have access to thousands of hours of content that encompasses sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, and martial arts action. CONtv’s offerings include kung fu fantasy “Immortal Demon Slayer,” fan-favorite anime series “Digimon Adventure,” alien time travel epic “Kung Fu Traveler” and “Hellraiser.”

This isn’t the first time Cinedigm has partnered with a streaming service to increase the visibility of its OTT channels. Earlier this year the North American Entertainment company partnered with Twitch, a gamer-focused social video platform owned by Amazon, to launch two linear channels on the platform utilizing content from its CONtv and Combat Go (an OTT channel dedicated to martial arts) properties. The channels were part of a new “Always On” initiative from Twitch to create a section on its site dedicated to housing linear content unrelated to gaming. Unfortunately, Twitch’s push into housing linear content hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the publishers its partnered with. But, for now, Cinedigm fans can still find its programming housed on the platform.

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DirecTV Now’s $5 Monthly Rate Hike Is A Sign Of The Skinny Times

AT&T said today it will raise the monthly rate for its internet-delivered DirecTV Now service to $40, from $35.
The move follows last Thursday’s announcement by Dish’s Sling TV that it was boosting the rate for its basic service by 25%,…

AT&T said today it will raise the monthly rate for its internet-delivered DirecTV Now service to $40, from $35. The move follows last Thursday’s announcement by Dish’s Sling TV that it was boosting the rate for its basic service by 25%, to $25. And in March, YouTube said it was raising its rate to $40 a month, on the same level as Hulu and others. Programming costs, while not cited by any of the companies directly, are casting a shadow over the skinny services, especially…

Dish, Univision Escalate War of Words as Carriage Contract Deadline Looms

Dish and Univision are going down to the wire on a carriage battle that threatens to blackout more than 60 Univision O&O stations across the Dish and Sling national platforms. Dish asserted on Friday night that talks with Univision were at an &#822…

Dish and Univision are going down to the wire on a carriage battle that threatens to blackout more than 60 Univision O&O stations across the Dish and Sling national platforms. Dish asserted on Friday night that talks with Univision were at an “impasse.” Univision maintains it is prepared to negotiate “when Dish shows that it […]

Univision, Dish Trade Barbs in Ongoing Carriage Dispute

Negotiations between Univision and Dish have reached an apparent impasse, as the two companies have released competing statements blaming each other for the breakdown.

Late Friday, Dish released a statement saying Univision made an “abrupt departure” from the negotiating table in their ongoing carriage dispute.

“Univision is calling for price hikes designed to impact the Latino market we have served for more than 20 years,” said Alfredo Rodríguez Diaz-Marta, Vice President of DishLatino and Sling Latino. “We are disappointed and saddened by Univision’s threats to block our customers from Univision news and entertainment content, especially during such challenging times.”

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The company also accused Univision of making “untenable demands” and slow-walking the negotiations. According to Dish, Univision is asking for a 75 percent increase in retransmission fees. The company pointed to Univision’s declining ratings and failure to secure the rights to the next three World Cups as the reasons those demands are unreasonable.

Dish also took issue with Univision’s subscription offering, Univision Now, being priced at $7.99 a month, nearly 50 percent less than what Univision is asking Dish to pay to make the same content available to its customers.

“Univision is dealing with tremendous uncertainty as it faces significant business challenges, including its failure to secure rights for the World Cup,” said Rodríguez Diaz-Marta. “A massive price increase on our customers is not a path forward; we remain unwavering in our commitment to those we serve. We hope Univision will reconsider its demands and help us reach a swift, fair resolution.”

Univision fired back with its own statement on Saturday, disputing Dish’s claim that it had ended negotiations.

“Univision has not left the table and is prepared to continue negotiating when DISH shows that it is serious about paying fair value for our services,” the broadcaster said. “DISH insists on paying Univision only a fraction of what it pays our English-language peers. DISH’s latest offer to UCI is an insult to our viewers, who depend on us for vital news and information that we provide like no other. DISH is just going through the motions and has provided hollow offers that hardly represent true negotiations.”

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The company also said Dish’s claim about Univision’s declining ratings does not fully reflect the network’s value to its customers. According to Univision, its viewers make up 60 percent of the Spanish-language for Dish’s DishLatino service.

“With a growing number of platforms and ways to watch programming, traditional ratings don’t tell the full story. The old industry standard of capturing viewers simply cannot reflect a network’s popularity or cultural relevance today,” Univision said.

“We remain ready and willing to negotiate with DISH, but we will not roll over and let them continue to devalue the programming our already-underrepresented community relies on. Given the fact that our networks perform extremely well on their service, the question becomes: why doesn’t DISH treat Univision fairly?”

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Negotiations between Univision and Dish have reached an apparent impasse, as the two companies have released competing statements blaming each other for the breakdown.

Late Friday, Dish released a statement saying Univision made an “abrupt departure” from the negotiating table in their ongoing carriage dispute.

“Univision is calling for price hikes designed to impact the Latino market we have served for more than 20 years,” said Alfredo Rodríguez Diaz-Marta, Vice President of DishLatino and Sling Latino. “We are disappointed and saddened by Univision’s threats to block our customers from Univision news and entertainment content, especially during such challenging times.”

The company also accused Univision of making “untenable demands” and slow-walking the negotiations. According to Dish, Univision is asking for a 75 percent increase in retransmission fees. The company pointed to Univision’s declining ratings and failure to secure the rights to the next three World Cups as the reasons those demands are unreasonable.

Dish also took issue with Univision’s subscription offering, Univision Now, being priced at $7.99 a month, nearly 50 percent less than what Univision is asking Dish to pay to make the same content available to its customers.

“Univision is dealing with tremendous uncertainty as it faces significant business challenges, including its failure to secure rights for the World Cup,” said Rodríguez Diaz-Marta. “A massive price increase on our customers is not a path forward; we remain unwavering in our commitment to those we serve. We hope Univision will reconsider its demands and help us reach a swift, fair resolution.”

Univision fired back with its own statement on Saturday, disputing Dish’s claim that it had ended negotiations.

“Univision has not left the table and is prepared to continue negotiating when DISH shows that it is serious about paying fair value for our services,” the broadcaster said. “DISH insists on paying Univision only a fraction of what it pays our English-language peers. DISH’s latest offer to UCI is an insult to our viewers, who depend on us for vital news and information that we provide like no other. DISH is just going through the motions and has provided hollow offers that hardly represent true negotiations.”

The company also said Dish’s claim about Univision’s declining ratings does not fully reflect the network’s value to its customers. According to Univision, its viewers make up 60 percent of the Spanish-language for Dish’s DishLatino service.

“With a growing number of platforms and ways to watch programming, traditional ratings don’t tell the full story. The old industry standard of capturing viewers simply cannot reflect a network’s popularity or cultural relevance today,” Univision said.

“We remain ready and willing to negotiate with DISH, but we will not roll over and let them continue to devalue the programming our already-underrepresented community relies on. Given the fact that our networks perform extremely well on their service, the question becomes: why doesn’t DISH treat Univision fairly?”

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Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen’s Pay Grew 48 Percent in 2017

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen earned $2.4 million in 2017, which was a nice 48 percent uptick from the prior year.

The satellite-TV company boss’s base salary was flat at $1 million — the difference this time around was $654,000 in option awards. Ergen also saw his catch-all category “All Other Compensation” rise about $130,000 versus 2016.

Ergen made more money than Dish’s other top executives, which includes President & CEO W. Erik Carlson, who saw his pay sink 60 percent year over year. That was pretty much all an options awards change as well. Ergen shed the CEO title in December.

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Meanwhile, new Engineering and Broadcast EVP Jeffrey L. McSchooler earned about $2.1 million last year.

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Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen earned $2.4 million in 2017, which was a nice 48 percent uptick from the prior year.

The satellite-TV company boss’s base salary was flat at $1 million — the difference this time around was $654,000 in option awards. Ergen also saw his catch-all category “All Other Compensation” rise about $130,000 versus 2016.

Ergen made more money than Dish’s other top executives, which includes President & CEO W. Erik Carlson, who saw his pay sink 60 percent year over year. That was pretty much all an options awards change as well. Ergen shed the CEO title in December.

Meanwhile, new Engineering and Broadcast EVP Jeffrey L. McSchooler earned about $2.1 million last year.

Last month, Ergen’s company touted that its Sling TV service grew subscribers by 47 percent, and now has more than 2.2 million users. Click the above “Also Read” for more on that streaming success story.

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U.S. Pay-TV Providers Lost Nearly 1.5M Video Subscribers In 2017, Double The 2016 Drop: Survey

The impact of cord-shaving and cord-cutting is continuing to be felt by pay-TV providers, who lost about 1,495,000 net video subscribers in 2017, according to an annual survey by Leichtman Research Group. Those losses are nearly double to pro forma level of 760,000 in 2016.
Helping counter some of the drops has been the rise of so-called “skinny bundles” — Internet-delivered services such as Sling and DirecTV Now. Subscriptions to the ones that publicly report numbers…

The impact of cord-shaving and cord-cutting is continuing to be felt by pay-TV providers, who lost about 1,495,000 net video subscribers in 2017, according to an annual survey by Leichtman Research Group. Those losses are nearly double to pro forma level of 760,000 in 2016. Helping counter some of the drops has been the rise of so-called “skinny bundles” — Internet-delivered services such as Sling and DirecTV Now. Subscriptions to the ones that publicly report numbers…

Dish Network’s Sling TV Subscriber Count Soars 47 Percent From Previous Year

Sling TV just shot itself into a new subscriber stratosphere, growing its customer count by 47 percent year over year.

At the end of 2017, the Dish Network streaming service boasted 2.212 million subscribers, the company revealed Wednesday along with its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings.

All told, the Dish corporation closed Q4 with 13.242 million pay-TV subscribers. The majority of them — 11.030 million, to be exact — were still on the main satellite-dish television service. In other words, it’s still about 83 percent traditional satellite customers and 17 percent streamers.

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It wasn’t all great news for the parent company this morning, though: Dish’s 2017 earnings and revenue both shrunk from the prior year. Dish TV satellite subs slipped 9 percent from 2016, though surely a significant number of those cord-shaved (dish-shaved?) to the company’s Sling service.

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Sling TV just shot itself into a new subscriber stratosphere, growing its customer count by 47 percent year over year.

At the end of 2017, the Dish Network streaming service boasted 2.212 million subscribers, the company revealed Wednesday along with its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings.

All told, the Dish corporation closed Q4 with 13.242 million pay-TV subscribers. The majority of them — 11.030 million, to be exact — were still on the main satellite-dish television service. In other words, it’s still about 83 percent traditional satellite customers and 17 percent streamers.

It wasn’t all great news for the parent company this morning, though: Dish’s 2017 earnings and revenue both shrunk from the prior year. Dish TV satellite subs slipped 9 percent from 2016, though surely a significant number of those cord-shaved (dish-shaved?) to the company’s Sling service.

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Charlie Ergen to Step Down as Dish CEO

Charlie Ergen is stepping down as Dish CEO, relinquishing the company’s top executive position to president and chief operating officer Erik Carlson.

Ergen, who handed that “president” title over to Carlson in 2015, will now focus his efforts on the wireless business going forward, per Dish. Ergen stepped back into the chief executive officer job two years ago.

“With more than 20 years’ experience at Dish, Erik brings a complete understanding of the business opportunities both Dish TV and Sling TV possess,” Ergen said on Tuesday morning. “I have every confidence that under Erik’s leadership our new organizational structure will deliver value for Dish TV and Sling TV and will aid our entry into wireless.”

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Executive vice president John Swieringa will succeed Carlson in the company’s COO role. Additionally, Brian Neylon will serve as executive vice president and group president of Dish TV, and Warren Schlichting will serve as EVP and group president of Sling TV.  EVP and chief technology officer Vivek Khemka also joins Carlson’s leadership team.

In addition to restructuring the current executive group, Dish has appointed Walmart veteran David Scott to the role of chief human resources officer. He joins in February.

Each of the above will report directly to Carlson, as will EVP and general counsel Tim Messner, SVP and chief financial officer Steve Swain, and Corporate Communications vice president Robert Toevs.

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For his part, Carlson will actually continue to report to Ergen.

Under the new structure Ergen’s direct reports also include Corporate Development executive vice president Tom Cullen, Strategic Planning EVP Bernie Han, and Public Policy and Government Affairs senior vice president Jeff Blum.

Carlson has been with the satellite-TV company since 1995.

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Charlie Ergen is stepping down as Dish CEO, relinquishing the company’s top executive position to president and chief operating officer Erik Carlson.

Ergen, who handed that “president” title over to Carlson in 2015, will now focus his efforts on the wireless business going forward, per Dish. Ergen stepped back into the chief executive officer job two years ago.

“With more than 20 years’ experience at Dish, Erik brings a complete understanding of the business opportunities both Dish TV and Sling TV possess,” Ergen said on Tuesday morning. “I have every confidence that under Erik’s leadership our new organizational structure will deliver value for Dish TV and Sling TV and will aid our entry into wireless.”

Executive vice president John Swieringa will succeed Carlson in the company’s COO role. Additionally, Brian Neylon will serve as executive vice president and group president of Dish TV, and Warren Schlichting will serve as EVP and group president of Sling TV.  EVP and chief technology officer Vivek Khemka also joins Carlson’s leadership team.

In addition to restructuring the current executive group, Dish has appointed Walmart veteran David Scott to the role of chief human resources officer. He joins in February.

Each of the above will report directly to Carlson, as will EVP and general counsel Tim Messner, SVP and chief financial officer Steve Swain, and Corporate Communications vice president Robert Toevs.

For his part, Carlson will actually continue to report to Ergen.

Under the new structure Ergen’s direct reports also include Corporate Development executive vice president Tom Cullen, Strategic Planning EVP Bernie Han, and Public Policy and Government Affairs senior vice president Jeff Blum.

Carlson has been with the satellite-TV company since 1995.

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CBS and Dish Reach Multiyear Deal, Ending Blackout

Dish subscribers are thankful this morning that the satellite TV company has reached a multiyear carriage deal with CBS, ending a three-day blackout.

“We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the number one network brings to viewers in these markets,” said Ray Hopkins, president, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “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.”

“We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

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CBS and its sister stations had gone dark on Dish Tuesday. While this carriage-fee standoff didn’t result in a particularly long blackout, the broadcast network’s coverage of yesterday’s 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and its Dallas Cowboys NFL game were both missed by the satellite company’s subscribers.

The network’s owned and operated local stations — as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel — are currently being restored for Dish subs.

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Dish subscribers are thankful this morning that the satellite TV company has reached a multiyear carriage deal with CBS, ending a three-day blackout.

“We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the number one network brings to viewers in these markets,” said Ray Hopkins, president, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “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.”

“We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that delivers CBS for years to come,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

CBS and its sister stations had gone dark on Dish Tuesday. While this carriage-fee standoff didn’t result in a particularly long blackout, the broadcast network’s coverage of yesterday’s 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and its Dallas Cowboys NFL game were both missed by the satellite company’s subscribers.

The network’s owned and operated local stations — as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel — are currently being restored for Dish subs.

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CBS Goes Dark on Dish Ahead of Thanksgiving NFL Game: Let the Finger-Pointing Begin

Boys, boys, boys, it’s Thanksgiving — can’t we all just break bread together? CBS stations have gone dark on the Dish Network, and both sides are blaming each other.

The broadcaster and the satellite TV provider could not come to terms on a carriage deal before the midnight deadline — and your Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboys football game could be in jeopardy.

Let’s take a look at the finger-pointing and dueling statements below.

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“Dish has dropped CBS and several other local television stations owned by CBS, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore,” CBS lamented early Tuesday morning. “In addition, CBS Sports Network, Pop and the Smithsonian Channel have been dropped.”

The network noted that Dish has dropped the signals of 400 TV stations from 29 different companies since 2013. “This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace,” CBS wrote.

Dish naturally sees it the other way.

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“CBS is attempting to tax Dish customers on programming that’s losing viewers, tax Dish customers on programming available for free over the air, and tax Dish customers for content available directly from CBS,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

“Our customers are clear: they don’t want to pay a CBS tax. It’s regrettable and unnecessary that CBS is bringing its greed into the homes of millions of families this Thanksgiving,” he added.

This time around, Dish is arguing that the existence of the new paid streaming service CBS All Access further devalues the company’s broadcast business in terms of these ongoing carriage negotiations.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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Boys, boys, boys, it’s Thanksgiving — can’t we all just break bread together? CBS stations have gone dark on the Dish Network, and both sides are blaming each other.

The broadcaster and the satellite TV provider could not come to terms on a carriage deal before the midnight deadline — and your Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboys football game could be in jeopardy.

Let’s take a look at the finger-pointing and dueling statements below.

“Dish has dropped CBS and several other local television stations owned by CBS, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore,” CBS lamented early Tuesday morning. “In addition, CBS Sports Network, Pop and the Smithsonian Channel have been dropped.”

The network noted that Dish has dropped the signals of 400 TV stations from 29 different companies since 2013. “This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace,” CBS wrote.

Dish naturally sees it the other way.

“CBS is attempting to tax Dish customers on programming that’s losing viewers, tax Dish customers on programming available for free over the air, and tax Dish customers for content available directly from CBS,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

“Our customers are clear: they don’t want to pay a CBS tax. It’s regrettable and unnecessary that CBS is bringing its greed into the homes of millions of families this Thanksgiving,” he added.

This time around, Dish is arguing that the existence of the new paid streaming service CBS All Access further devalues the company’s broadcast business in terms of these ongoing carriage negotiations.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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