Dish Network and CBS are again at loggerheads, and that impacts Dish customers who watch WBZ-TV (Channel 4) and WSBK-TV (Channel 38).
Dish stopped carrying CBS-owned stations as of 1:59 a.m. Tuesday after the companies did not reach an agreement allowing Dish to retransmit the stations.
In a statement, Dish said CBS pulled the plug; CBS said Dish had “dropped” the stations from its service.
“Since 2013, DISH has dropped the signals of 29 different companies, representing nearly 400 television stations, clearly indicating that these tactics are commonplace for them,” CBS said in a statement posted online.
Said Dish executive vice president Warren Schlichting: “Our customers are clear: they don’t want to pay a CBS tax. It’s regrettable and unnecessary.”
A similar spat took place in 2014, when CBS stations were not available to Dish customers for 12 hours. The parties then resolved what had been a six-month contract dispute.
The stations remain available to Dish viewers who also use a television antenna.Sean Smyth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.