CBS, Under the Dome Back on Dish Network!
Deadline is reporting that Raycom Media and Dish Network have resolved the re-transmission dispute that has kept CBS, which includes Under the Dome, off the air for over a week. Though Time Warner Cable has been getting all of the publicity and air-time about these disputes, even causing a class action lawsuit from upset customers deprived of broadcast CBS and/or cable sibling Showtime also for over a week now. This re-transmissions disputes is unprecedented and historical. Not only has it shown Under the Dome network CBS to be even more shrewd and smug than we were already calling it in the first place, it has even gotten the FCC president upset and saying she will intervene if this dispute is not resolved very soon. Luckily, Dish Network and Raycom Media took notice and knowing that they are prevalent in 36 major markets, including Cleveland, Honolulu, Tucson, and Baton Rouge, and decided that enough was enough apparently and finally worked something out. I can only hope that Time Warner Cable comes up with a similar solution so their non-Amazon Prime customers in major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas, can watch and enjoy Under the Dome 1×08 Thicker Than Water. After all, we would not want them to resort to piracy to see the show, now, wouldn’t we?
Read Deadline’s Article on Dish Network Restoring CBS and Under the Dome
The companies say that Raycom stations will be back on Dish Network “overnight,” and didn’t provide any details about the agreement. The broadcaster owns or controls 53 stations in 36 markets including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, and MyNetworkTV affiliates in cities including Cleveland, Toledo, Honolulu, Tucson, Baton Rouge, West Palm Beach, Louisville, and Memphis. The stations went dark on Dish on August 1 when the previous carriage contract expired. Dish accounts for about 15% of Raycom’s viewers, according to data from SNL Kagan.