Saturday, August 3, 2013

 

CBS goes dark for many major market viewers in U.S.

Timer Warner customers in NYC, Dallas and LA won't be able to watch new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS" until negotiations with CBS start resume.



CBS goes dark for US viewers: Time Warner Cable Inc. began blacking out CBS for many customers after fee negotiations collapsed.
Time Warner Cable office in Carlsbad, Calif.
Time Warner Cable Inc. began blacking out broadcast network CBS for customers in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles after fee negotiations between the two companies collapsed, Time Warner Cable said on Friday.

CBS-owned cable networks, including Showtime, are also going dark, a Time Warner Cable spokeswoman said.

The cable operator said it had agreed to extend talks until Tuesday morning. "Since then, CBS has refused to have a productive discussion," Time Warner Cable said in a statement.

"It's become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they're not willing to come to reasonable terms," it added.

CBS shot back that Time Warner Cable "conducted negotiations in a combative and non-productive spirit, indulging in pointless brinksmanship and distorted public positioning."

CBS is the No. 1 rated U.S. broadcast network with shows such as "The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS."

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