Local CBS Stations Return To Fubo As Affiliate Dispute Comes To An End

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Fubo has ended its dispute with various CBS affiliates and this has resulted in many of the local stations becoming available again. The issue first surfaced in January when it became clear that Fubo (then fuboTV) was struggling to agree new terms with multiple stations.


Fubo had agreed a new deal with Paramount Global but the terms of that deal still had to be approved by individual CBS-owned and operated local stations. Many of which did not agree to the terms and this then resulted in a blackout of the local CBS affiliates in those areas.

Since January the dispute has continued and the various CBS affiliates have remained unavailable through the live TV service. Fubo did try to limit the impact of the blackout by making the national CBS feed available in areas where subscribers were affected. However, local channels offer a far more personalized experience compared to the national feed, and this is particularly the case when it comes to local news and sports.


The good news is that dispute has officially now come to an end and the various affected CBS affiliate stations have already started making their way back to subscribers’ channel lineups. As far as Streaming Better can tell, almost every affiliate has returned. Almost is not every, however, and there are some that appear to be still receiving the national CBS feed instead of their local affiliate.

For example, the Huntsville-Decatur-Florence market is still showing CBS East instead of WHNT and Reno is still showing CBS West instead of KTVN. They are not the only ones either.

Again, the majority do appear to have returned, so most Fubo subscribers should now have access to their local CBS station again. As for the any that haven’t, it is still possible that they might find their way back in the coming days and weeks.

John Finn

By John Finn

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