A continuing disagreement over transmission fees between the cable provider Time Warner Cable and CBS has resulted in the cable company blacking out CBS stations in a number of cities on Friday when the 5 p.m.
According to CBS, this is the first time in its history that it has been dropped by a cable company because of a business dispute. The affected areas, which cover approximately 3 million customers, are in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Other CBS owned channels such as Showtime, The Movie Channel and The Smithsonian Channel have also been cut from Time Warner Cable customers nationwide.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) company said that CBS “has refused to have a productive discussion” when the final deadline expired. Although the deadline has been extended on several occasions, the former contract expired on June 30.
In a statement issued by Eric Mangan, a spokesman for TWC said, “It’s become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they’re not willing to come to reasonable terms. We thank our customers for their patience and support as we continue to fight hard to keep their prices down.”
CBS says that TWC has not entered negotiations in a productive spirit, and what CBS wants is for a fair amount to be paid for their channels. They hope that this period of darkness will be brief so that they can all get back to providing the best entertainment for their customers.
In some areas of the country, that are not owned outright by the network, TWC negotiates with local CBS affiliates, but TWC says that CBS is asking for too high of a rate in the areas that have been blacked out. Some outlets are paying over 600 percent more than what the cable provider has to pay for its network programming in other areas.
However, CBS denies that the 600 percent figure is accurate, but they also refuse to be more specific on the matter. According to CBS, they are charging a fair amount that is well in line with industry standards.
To date, this is still unresolved.