KDKA-TV could go dark for Dish Network customers at the stroke of midnight if a new agreement or extension can’t be reached between the CBS network and the satellite provider.
Dish Network’s contract to carry CBS programming is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time Monday, a Dish representative said. Local CBS stations, including KDKA, broadcast a warning to customers and posted links to keepcbsondish.com on their news websites this week.
“CBS would very much like to avoid going dark, but unless an agreement is reached our viewes should be prepared to lose CBS from their DISH systems,” the website said.
“We are actively working to reach a fair deal before the contract expires knowing that only CBS can force a blackout of its channels,” said Dish spokeswoman Courtney Culpepper in a statement. “We are unsure why CBS decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is still time for the two parties to reach an agreement.”
This seems to happen at least once a year, again we have two greedy companies fighting over money, in turn our rates will get raised.