Time Warner Cable Blacks Out CBS Stations


time-warner-cableTime Warner Cable blacked out CBS stations in a number of cities Friday, including Los Angeles, after negotiations over fee agreements broke down.

Roughly 3 million customers were affected in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Time Warner Cable customers nationwide also lost access to the premium cable networks Showtime, The Movie Channel and The Smithsonian Channel, which are also owned by CBS.

The negotiation deadline had been extended several times since the previous contract expired on June 30, but negotiations broke down and the blackout was imposed.

“We agreed to an extension on Tuesday morning with the expectation that we would engage in a meaningful negotiation with CBS.  Since then, CBS has refused to have a productive discussion,” TWC said in a statement.

CBS countered with its own news release saying, “We deeply regret this ill-advised action, which is injurious not only to our…

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