DISH Network subscribers in Boise are wondering about the tentative nature of the local CBS affiliate after watching KBOI-TV go off and on the air this week. KBOI's parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, said it entered into an agreement with DISH to iron out their differences, but the agreement only lasts two weeks. Officials said they hope the parties can come to terms with a longer agreement by early September.
Talks broke off earlier this week with Sinclair and DISH accusing each other of strong-arm negotiating tactics. KBOI's signal returned to the airwaves on Wednesday when a tentative agreement was reached.
The latest TV blackout was one of a string of incidents in the past two years in which Treasure Valley viewers have faced interruptions or threats of disruptions. In 2014, Cable One pulled the plug
on several television networks in its lineup, including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike and TV Land. The disconnect came as Cable One failed to come to terms with parent company Viacom. Those networks never returned. Earlier this year, Cable One came to a last-minute agreement
to keep NBC and its affiliated stations on the air.
Through the years, DISH and DirecTV have regularly been at odds with broadcasters or their parent companies, resulting in a string of temporary or permanent outages.