Are you a Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH ) subscriber? If so, you may have recently noticed an ominous warning while watching CBS (NYSE: CBS ) : “Attention, Dish customers, you could soon lose CBS.” The warning, alerting viewers they risk losing on CBS’ host of networks and shows — including the most successful script TV drama, “NCIS” — if negotiations between the two companies aren’t completed soon.
Dish network, apparently unhappy with CBS’ decision to go public, issued a formal response:
Only CBS can force a blackout of its channels. Dish is actively working to reach a deal before the contract expires and has successfully negotiated agreements representing hundreds of stations in recent months that benefit all parties, including our viewers. We are unsure why CBS decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is time for two parties to reach a mutually beneficial deal.