CBS Extends Verizon FiOS Deal, as Time Warner Cable Blackout Continues

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Three-year pact covers telco’s retransmission of local stations in N.Y., L.A. and Dallas, expands CBS Sports Network carriage

As Time Warner Cable has refused to budge on CBS’s distribution demands, cable rival Verizon Communications has agreed to pay the Eye to keep its stations on the air for three more years.

CBS struck three-year deal with Verizon to extend carriage of CBS-owned stations, including the Eye’s locals in New York, L.A. and Dallas, on the telco’s FiOS TV service. More than 3 million TW Cable subs in those same markets lost access to CBS-owned stations on Aug. 2, and cable operator also pulled Showtime and other nets nationwide.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. CBS has been seeking higher retrans payments from operators, and broadcaster has said it anticipates that revenue to double in 2012.

In a memo to CBS employees distributed to the media, topper Les Moonves said broadcaster obtained “fair value for our over-the-air rights, while preserving our streaming rights as well.” He added that Time Warner Cable “has been offered almost exactly the same deal for CBS carriage to which Verizon has agreed.”

SEE ALSO: CBS Consumer-Perception Score Goes Negative as Time Warner Cable Blackout Drags On

CBS is trying to show that Time Warner Cable is the lone standout among pay TV operators in refusing to deal with the Eye. The deal with Verizon was “swiftly and amicably in just a few days after our conversations began,” according to Moonves. “In many aspects of the deal, Time Warner Cable is demanding different terms than any other company in the business. I am frankly mystified by what appears to be a lack of urgency to resolve this matter for their customers.”

Time Warner Cable declined to comment on Moonves’ remarks.

Under CBS pact with Verizon, about 3.5 million FiOS TV customers will continue receiving CBS-owned stations. Telco also has rights to provide CBS programming via video-on-demand, for no additional cost to subs.

For its part, Verizon is aiming to signal to existing and prospective subscribers — including disgruntled Time Warner Cable customers — that the telco is not inclined to engage in feuds that result in programming blackouts.

“We’ve reached this agreement in partnership with CBS for our customers, so that they may continue to enjoy CBS content on FiOS,” Terry Denson, Verizon’s VP of video content and strategy, said in a statement. But telco also continues to seek reform of current retrans rules, as Denson noted, “Verizon continues to address areas of change where necessary in current policies to better reflect the interests of consumers.”

Deal also widens carriage of CBS Sports Network on FiOS TV, which has about 5 million video subscribers nationwide. Verizon has existing agreement with CBS to carry Showtime Networks and Smithsonian Channel that will “continue in the years to come,” companies said.

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  1. It’s too much drama going on around Time Warner and Verizon. I wish, they would spend the same amount of energy and time to think about customers and make them happy. It’s not always about money.

  2. barbera anderson says:

    Les Moonves earns 30 million dollars a year. He and his CBS executives are trying to get the middle to pay for even bigger salaries. Stand with Time Warner Cable who is trying very hard to keep cable affordable. Make no mistake my friends if Time Warner Does not stand Firm you will pay more. As for Verizon”s artificially low prices just wait until their negotiation begins. There will be a black-out then too. Stick with Time Warner They are fighting for us.

  3. jamesjimcie says:

    Every Time Warner Cable customer should be ashamed of CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves for this blackout that result in the viewers from being able to watch their favorite shows with Time Warner Cable.

    This is an excuse for CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves wanting to try to be way too big being the Wal-Mart’s, the Marlboro’s, the Joe Camel’s, the Paramount Pictures with the movie theater chain of the 1940’s, the Morris Levy’s when he was part of Roulette Records, the Clive Davis’s when he was at Columbia Records in the 1970′s, the Neil Bogart’s of Casablanca Records fame of the 1970′s disco era, the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s, the David Smith (one of the Smith brothers from Sinclair Broadcast Group), the Perry Sock and the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, the Harry Pappas as part of the Pappas Telecasting Companies, the Bernard Madoff’s, the Enron’s, the Worldcom’s, the Adelphia’s, the Tyco’s, the Martha Stewart’s, the Jill Kelley’s, the Orie sister’s, the Teresa and Joe Giudice’s, and the Jesse Jackson Jr’s, of the 2000′s by letting broadcast greed get out of control so all of the head employees and bosses including Leslie Moonves at CBS to be able to enjoy carefree lavishly spending to support carefree lavishly lifestyles with luxurious homes, luxurious jets, luxurious cars, luxurious furs, luxurious jewelry, join luxurious clubs, go to luxurious hotels, go to luxurious casinos to do gambling, go to horse races, throw luxurious parties, and have other luxurious items just to make them very happy then trying and willingness to improve the quality of all the stations they owned and control and making the viewers happy as well. I hope and I wish that CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves get scolded by both by the ACA and the FCC for making the viewers being forced to deal with this blackout because they could not make a deal to get the stations back to it’s customers sooner and with a fair deal with Time Warner Cable. I hope and I wish that CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves is barred from continuance of ownership of it’s owned and operated stations and buying and owning anymore TV stations in the future after their final decision to remove the stations from Time Warner Cable. I feel that CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves are trying to bribe like the General Tire/RKO General of the 1960′s and 1970′s by not being very honest of not only the viewers by making them miss the shows on Time Warner Cable and also on themselves with the force of demanding Time Warner Cable to pay up in the retransmission consent to continue to carry the stations.

    I hope and I wish that the FCC would force CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves to allow Time Warner Cable to carry it’s stations without any interference, in the event CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves fails to allow Time Warner Cable to carry it’s stations again, then the FCC would force CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves to allow Time Warner Cable to import out of market stations that are very real close to the station being blacked out being affiliated with the same network, in the event CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves fails to allow Time Warner Cable to import out of market stations that are very real close to the station being blacked out being affiliated with the same network, then the FCC would allow Time Warner Cable to carry the out of market station with the same affiliation without any restrictions and also be allowed to continue to carry the out of market station that it’s digital television signal is reachable by a outdoor antenna including both it’s SD and HD feeds on the Time Warner Cable service system even after the dispute is over without any interference for 12 whole years to meet FCC rules and regulators.

    This is an excuse for CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves wanting to be too big being way too busy trying to act like the Baauer’s, the PSY’s, the Carly Rae Jepsen’s, the Tay Allyn’s, the Nicole Westbrook’s, the Rebecca Black’s, the Double Take’s, and the Guns N Roses Axl Rose as well as trying to be the Conrad Murray’s, the Pete Rose’s and the Alex Rodriguez’s as the cheaters, the Jerry Sandusky’s as the assaulters, the Jodi Arias’s, the Casey Anthony’s, the Charles Starkweather’s, the Charles Manson’s, the Lyle and Erik Menendez’s, the O. J. Simpson’s, the Scott Peterson’s, and the Drew Peterson’s as the greedy murderers, the Alfonzo Dennard’s, the Jeremy Dobbe’s, the Jeffrey Ireland’s, the Amanda Bynes’s and the Lindsay Lohan’s as the drunk and the drug abusers, the Rodney Dangerfield’s, the John Belushi’s, and the Chris Farley’s as the comedians, (all real life people) the Gordon Gekko’s, the Victoria Grayson’s, the Victor Newman’s/the Jack Abbott’s, the J. R. Ewing’s/the Cliff Barnes’s, the Charles Montgomery Burn’s/ the Mayor Quimby’s, the Homer and Bart Simpson’s, the Peter Griffin’s, the Mickey Mouse’s/the Minnie Mouse’s, the Bugs Bunny’s/the Daffy Duck’s/the Porky Pig’s, the Garfield cat’s, the Cookie Monster’s, the Miss Piggy’s, and the Pillsbury Doughboy’s, (all fictional characters) of the broadcasting industry of not coming to reach a deal with Time Warner Cable to carry it’s stations to the viewers with Time Warner Cable everyday.

    This is an excuse for CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves trying to turn into the 1919 Chicago White Sox’s baseball team and the Southern Methodist University football team of the 1980′s to force Time Warner Cable to accept a take it or leave it deal to carry it’s stations. I urge all of the viewers with Time Warner Cable to boycott CBS and all of their head executives including Leslie Moonves right now for making the Time Warner Cable viewers suffer from being able to watch their favorite shows in a big huge ugly game of baw baw baw baw baw baw baw baw baw baw baw baw chicken.

    I also encourage all Time Warner Cable customers to boycott all the big head executives at Time Warner Cable including Glenn Britt and Robert Marcus.

    I got the best idea to stop the Time Warner Cable-CBS dispute feud is to have Texas judge William Adams to come over to Time Warner Cable to scold both Glenn Britt and Robert Marcus and all of their big head colleagues over at Time Warner Cable headquarters in New York City, New York and CBS to scold all of their big head executives including Leslie Moonves over at it’s headquarters in New York City, New York by getting belted and whipped 369 straight times as well as forcing them all to take an adult version of the time out and sit on the adult time out chair for 369 straight hours and have David and Julie Ireland spying from their home computer at their residence to monitor what going on with the retransmission consent dispute between Glenn Britt and Robert Marcus with Time Warner Cable and CBS with Leslie Moonves with their big head executives as the official real true punishment for their failure to treat it’s TV viewers very fairly in carrying the stations to it’s TV viewers by not letting them watch their favorite shows and sports.

  4. Marilyn Lenahan says:

    It is time to end your standoff!

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