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