Time Warner Blacks Out CBS in 3 Major Cities
New York, Dallas, LA among those in the dark over fee dispute
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2013 5:02 PM CDT
The CBS logo.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – Millions of people in cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas are out of luck if they try to tune in to CBS, reports USA Today. Time Warner Cable began blacking out the network's signal for its subscribers as of 5pm Eastern in several markets because the two sides weren't able to reach a deal on fees. Viewer anger might be muted considering we're in the summer TV doldrums, notes the New York Times. Probably the biggest thing on the network's horizon is the PGA golf championship next week.

Your dueling quotes:

  • Time Warner: "CBS has refused to have a productive discussion. It's become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they're not willing to come to reasonable terms."
  • CBS: "We deeply regret this ill-advised action, which is injurious not only to our many affected viewers, but also to Time Warner Cable itself."
The New York Post says CBS wants to be paid $2 a month by Time Warner for each subscriber, up from somewhere between 50 cents and $1 now. The network's contract expired in June, and the two sides had been negotiating since.

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Aug 7, 2013 9:25 PM CDT
There are still people out there watching TV? Amazing. Why? What, with Netflix, Hulu and a whole bunch of other apps and channels available via the internet, why is anyone still subscribing to cable or watching TV at all? I just don't get it.
Aug 6, 2013 8:21 PM CDT
Go with Aereo, it has all the NYC over the air tv stations. Of course it may not do so well when rebanding occurs and some of the NYC stations choose to take the payment and not a channel reassignment to VHF. Then again I haven't been a cable or Dish customer for about 15 years. To much crap. I put that money I would otherwise spend on such things into Netflix and Hulu Plus. That way I get my programming and no junk. Junk like Al Jazeer and Telemundo.
Aug 4, 2013 1:19 PM CDT
It is CBS that should pay Time Warner for expanding considerably the audience of CBS. Asking the carrier to pay the owner of the cargo that is being carried is an aberration that has lasted long enough.