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CBS blackout ends for 4 million Dish Network customers following Thanksgiving truce

CBS Corp. and Dish Network resolved their contentious carriage fee dispute by agreeing to a new distribution deal, restoring CBS station signals to millions of Dish customers across the country who went without CBS football on Thanksgiving.

The new agreement, struck Thursday night after marathon negotiations, ended the three-day blackout that began late Monday when CBS walked away from the bargaining table feeling the two sides were not making sufficient progress in the talks.

The blackout affected nearly 4 million Dish Network subscriber homes — including 400,000 in the Los Angeles region. Those customers went without their local CBS station on Thanksgiving, aggravating sports fans who missed seeing the Chargers defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas.

“Thank you for ruining our Thanksgiving traditions,” Jesus J. Gonzalez posted on Dish’s Facebook page. “No Cowboys game.”

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