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Time Warner Cable and CBS ‘Screwing the Little Guy’ as Carriage Dispute Drags On

TwcThe latest retransmission fee fight, isn’t necessarily as a fair fight as CBS remains shut out to Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein spoke out yesterday about Los Angeles without CBS programming. The Democrats sent a letter to CBS CEO Les Moonves and TWC chief Glenn Britt urging both sides to expedite an end to the dispute, now in its second week.

David Diaz spent 27 years as a reporter at WNBC/Channel 4 and WCBS/Channel 2. The TV news veteran, now a Distinguished Lecturer in Media and Politics at the City College of New York, provides some insight into the carriage stalemate.

“The power of the political establishment to weigh in because they’re hearing about it from their constituents and they know they can usually score some points by excoriating the big bad cable operators, and even the big networks,” Diaz tells Tuned In. “The more that enters the equation, there is definitely more pressure for them to settle.”

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Time Warner Cable Pulls Plug on CBS, Then Reverses Decision in Extending Deadline

TwcIn a wild night of carrier negotiations, Time Warner Cable and CBS have extended a deadline until Friday at 5 p.m. Thus, millions of viewers can keep WCBS. WLNY, plus CBS-owned Showtime and TMC on their cable boxes.

That’s only half the story,

Last night’s 5 p.m. deadline kept getting extended by hour at a time, as both parties remained at the bargaining table. When it got to 11 p.m. as talks continued, there was a sense that TWC and CBS would do anything to avoid a black eye.

But at 12:04 a.m. a TWC spokeswoman sent a statement proving that would not be the case.

“The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks and broadcast stations from our customers’ lineups.  As of midnight ET, Time Warner Cable customers in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles will no longer receive their local CBS broadcast stations.”

WCBS-blue-and-grey-new-logoHowever, people took to Twitter, waiting for the other shoe to officially drop. Despite the strong declaration by Time Warner Cable, many noticed CBS programming remained.

TWC provided an 11th hour to the 12th hour negotiations, with a surprising email at 12:29 a.m.

“At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.”
A CBS spokeswoman had no statement, other than to confirm the latest extension and ongoing negotiations.

 

Negotiations Extended Through Weekend in Time Warner Cable and CBS Battle

TwcIt appears that Time Warner Cable and CBS are trying to solve their retransmission fees fight before it affects viewers. For the third time this week, the two sides have pushed a deadline back, now until Monday at 5 p.m.

A TWC spokeswoman announced the latest 11th hour late last night. thus extending the deadline past this morning. A CBS spokeswoman also confirmed the line in the sand was moved to Monday.

Should all of this maneuvering fail, millions of viewers face the prospect of losing CBS programming, Showtime, WLNY, and any other CBS-owned channels. CBS has been feverishly running ads on its TV and radio stations saying, in effect, that TWC is the bad guy.

Typically, over-the-air broadcast outlets are untouchable in these situations. However, Tribune and Cablevision squelched that theory in a big way last fall. Channel 11 was blacked out from the cable system’s programming guide for two months.