Contract disagreements between Time Warner Cable and CBS finally came to a head last night with TWC dropping CBS stations and Showtime from its New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas markets just after midnight.
The blackout was short-lived, however. At the urging of CBS, feeds were restored less than a half-hour later, as announced by Time Warner Cable spokeswoman, Maureen Huff, in an email to reporters at 12:30 a.m. EST.
As their retransmission consent contract was set to expire at the end of June, disagreements between TWC and CBS became heated and very public, complete with advertising campaigns and damning press releases.
“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,” Time Warner Cable said in its statement. “Fortunately, CBS programming is still available free online at cbs.com and over the air with an antenna,” the company added.
The new August 2 deadline is the latest of several pushed back dates agreed upon by both parties.
The ongoing contract issues between TWC and CBS have not only garnered the ire of subscribers, but of politicians as well, and the companies are currently facing the pressure to negotiate amicable terms as soon as possible. As reported by fierceable.com, New York City Mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, has reportedly threatened to question both companies at an oversight hearing, and has requested that the two reach an agreement over the weekend without the disruption of services.
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