Time Warner, CBS Are Daring Us to Cut the Cord
These days we have tons of cable alternatives, J. Max Robins points out
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2013 10:01 AM CDT
n this Friday, Aug. 2,2013, file photo, a television screen shows the CBS channel with an announcement by Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

(Newser) – Time Warner might soon regret its feud with CBS. Despite howls from consumers and the FCC, "a cable operator already reviled for its skyrocketing rates can't cut a deal with an entertainment behemoth that just trumpeted its best financial quarter ever," writes J. Max Robins at the LA Times. Which should raise a few questions, like, do cable operators really need to carry networks anymore? And do consumers need cable at all?

"We live in a time of many alternatives, and the war between Time Warner and CBS provides an impetus to explore them." There are direct cable replacements, like FiOS, and lots of ways to stream content online—Time Warner subscribers desperate to see CBS' Under the Dome, for instance, can find it on Amazon Prime. Even some live TV is migrating online. It's time we all found our own ideal media mix, because the Time Warner-CBS brawl has "already made one thing clear: We can't count on the combatants to have our best interests in mind." Click for the full column.

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Aug 31, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
I suppose there must be a large percentage of fools still willing to pay for cable TV, because otherwise there wouldn't be enough available content for Netflix, Hulu and the rest to resell. Broadcast and cable TV, and the movie industry still create most of the content, albeit Netflix and Hulu and smaller internet channels are moving to fund more new content as more people subscribe and/or as they garner advertisers as well. Personally, I cut out cable TV over four years ago.
Aug 31, 2013 5:10 AM CDT
I was just wondering, since Time Warner isn't carrying the CBS channels at this time, is Time Warner giving either a discount or rebait to their customers? The customer, entered a contract with Time Warner for a service and part of that service was for the CBS channels. Since Time Warner is not providing the service, are they giving their customers a discount on their monthly bill?
Aug 30, 2013 9:33 PM CDT