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New Jersey company employs unusual contract dispute tactics

For many New Jersey residents the evening hours are spent relaxing at home. While some may listen to music or read books, many choose to catch up on their favorite television programs. With the ability to record live television on digital devices, fans of shows on all networks and cable stations can save their missed episodes to watch when it is convenient.

A major American television network has recently taken to using a unique approach to getting what it wants in a contract dispute with Dish Network. CBS has started airing commercials to its viewers that claim if a new agreement is not reached between Dish Network and itself that the channel could go black for those using the Dish Network service. Only certain markets are affected by the current dispute and CBS shows will continue to be made even if there is a blackout. What makes this situation interesting is CBS's willingness to involve customers in a private business matter.

Dish Network and CBS effectively have a symbiotic relationship. Without service providers like Dish Network, CBS would be reliant on people pulling its broadcasts from the airwaves. On the other side, without networks like CBS, companies like Dish Network would have no product to offer through its services. Finding an agreement over their ongoing dispute may be beneficial to both due to their intertwined natures but hard to achieve due to CBS's open airing of their contractual problems.

Companies like Dish Network and CBS enter into contracts all of the time. Many times those agreements are not made until after long negotiations between the companies' attorneys and their directors. This story presents a situation that is just a little different because it shows that the involvement of interested third parties may push negotiations toward one company over the other.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "CBS aims to rally viewers amid Dish Network contract talks," Meg James, Nov. 14, 2014

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