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.