UPDATE: TCM Returns to DISH Network After Month-Long Blackout

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.25.28 PMGreat news for classic film fans who subscribe to DISH Network: Turner Classic Movies is back. At least until March.

After a monthlong blackout that began on October 21, a joint announcement was made today that DISH and Turner have reached an agreement that will temporarily restore TCM, CNN, CNN en Espanol, HLN, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang to more than 14 million subscribers nationwide. With this new agreement, the threatened blackout of TNT and TBS will also be forestalled. DISH’s contract for carriage of TNT and TBS was set to expire on December 5.

According to a Turner statement, first quoted by The Wrap, “DISH Network and Turner Broadcasting announced today that they have mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT. Dish and Turner will not have any further comment.”

Variety is reporting that the agreement is only a short-term extension. The deal that was confirmed this morning will restore the Turner networks only through March, essentially giving both sides five more months to resolve their differences.

Both sides have dismantled their propaganda websites, as well, with the Dish Stand For You site and Turner’s Save My Shows page trumpeting the resolution of the dispute. Of course neither side mentions that the solution may only be temporary.

This article will be updated periodically as more information becomes available. 

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About willmckinley

I'm a New York City-based writer, video producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in Slate.com and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm also a social media copywriter for Sony's getTV and a contributor to four film-and-TV-related books: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial," and "Remembering Jonathan Frid."
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10 Responses to UPDATE: TCM Returns to DISH Network After Month-Long Blackout

  1. Kelly says:

    Well they lost customer in my aunt after all that fighting she thinking about going Time Warner or Verzion FIOS

  2. vp19 says:

    Dish also entered into a short-term agreement to keep CBS only hours before it was to be removed from the lineup. So not only can Dish viewers continue to watch “Mom” (my favorite sitcom), but they’ll get TCM back, too.

  3. 70srichard says:

    I’m sure it was the personalized threat I made to switch service if they did not get something done by December. Thanks for keeping up on this. It was off earlier today, as soon as I saw your article I checked and there it was ,Hallelujah.

  4. Randi Lustig says:

    Great, good to hear TCM & the other stations r bsc. These fueds r like the Hatfields & McCoys– stupid

  5. Gay says:

    How pathetic that some people blame Dish Network for Ted Turner’s money grubbing. Like he really needs more $$! Now that I know Turner also owns Time Warner I will take my Internet and phone service from TW and go elsewhere. Wake up people, this is nothing more than Turner blackmailing Dish to get more money and thus our rates will go up. If they succeed with Dish then they will,ove on to other carriers. WISE UP PUBLIC and get off Dish Network’s back!

  6. Kelly says:

    Will is right Ted Fonda hasn’t anything do with Turner anymore

    Neither is CNN also

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