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Deal Will Keep CBS Shows on Dish Network

The deal came hours after CBS pulled its programs from top Dish markets.

U.S. broadcasting companies CBS and Dish Network reached a multi-year deal on Saturday with CBS agreeing to continue to deliver its programs to Dish’s 14 million subscribers.

The deal came hours after CBS pulled its programs CBS, CBS Sports and Showtime from top Dish markets in the latest of a string of disputes between media conglomerates and distributors over the price of carrying cable channels and terms.

A CBS statement did not disclose the financial terms of the deal but said it will result in the dismissal of pending litigation between the companies.

Talks between Dish and CBS broke down after two extensions to their contract’s initial Nov. 20 expiration, which had allowed them to continue their negotiations and keep the CBS channels available to Dish subscribers.

On Friday evening, CBS said its channels would no longer be available to Dish viewers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other markets.

As part of the deal, Dish agreed to block use of its commercial-skipping AutoHop for new programs on CBS stations for a seven-day period. The deal also gives Dish rights to Showtime video-on-demand content.

Dish is also in extended talks with Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting unit over program distribution rights.

(Writing by Bill Trott; additional reporting by Peter Henderson; editing by Clelia Oziel)

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