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CBS TV stations not available for Dish Network viewers

Once again, Dish Network is engaged in a retransmission dispute with CBS and its television stations.
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Once again, Dish Network is engaged in a retransmission dispute with CBS and its television stations.

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.

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“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.

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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 sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.