DISH Network customers in the upstate South Carolina viewing area woke up Oct. 1 to find that their local CBS affiliate was no longer available. Media General, the parent company currently behind WSPA and its sister station WYCW, had failed to reach an agreement with DISH over retransmission rights.
WSPA's Facebook page boasts that customers should leave DISH to end the "#DISHruption" in their programming, while simultaneously ignoring the fact that their viewers may not be in a position to change their provider.
DISH contends, on the other hand, that Media General started out demanding five times the going rate for their retransmission rights. That demand has since fallen to three times the going rate, yet the two are still unable to come to an agreement that ends the blackout.
Early this week, DISH replaced the static information page that they were transmitting in place of WSPA with a message from DISH CEO Joe Clayton explaining that the situation has not changed. As of a few days later, WSPA's channel has now been replaced with programming from WGN.
The local CW affiliate, WYCW, is still airing the message from DISH's CEO.
It is unknown at this time whether DISH and Media General will come to an agreement to lift the blackout and return CBS coverage to DISH customers.
As of this time, viewers have a couple of options. You can purchase a digital antenna which will allow you to pick up CBS and CW programming over the air. You can also view programming from both networks online.