CBS, Time Warner Cable Push Deadline in Carriage Dispute

CBS and Time Warner Cable have agreed to avert a looming blackout of CBS-owned stations on TW Cable systems by agreeing to a four-day extension of the deadline in their retrans contract negotiations.

The previous contract extension was set to expire Thursday ayem, which could have led to the shutdown of 13 CBS-owned stations in eight major markets, including Gotham and LA, where TW Cable is the dominant cable operator. The new deadline is Monday, July 29, at 5 pm Eastern.

SEE ALSO: Time Warner Cable Customers Lose CBS, NBC Stations in Four Cities

CBS and TW Cable are battling over retransmission consent fees, with the Eye seeking a significant hike in payments from the cabler for the right to carry CBS station signals. Eye’s pay TV network Showtime is also wrapped up in the talks and could go dark as a result of the wrangling.

TW Cable asserts that CBS is asking for triple-digit increases; the Eye maintains it has reached retrans pacts in recent years with a host of other MVPDs and that TW Cable pays higher fees for channels that don’t draw as many viewers as its networks.

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  1. Max says:

    Aereo is coming. Networks are just trying to get the last dollar they can before commercial TV disappears like the paper newspaper.

  2. Norma says:

    There’s little enough good programming on TV as it is. If I lose CBS and/or Showtime, there would be no reason to stay with Time Warner. I’ll just catch up on my reading.

  3. jess says:

    Cbs wants alot of money…. I say cut then off TWC plus Showtime is lame. Only good show on is Dexter and its almost over. I can buy Netflix.

  4. Alright guys lets be reasonable! I mostly Watch CBS2 and KCAL9. Stay on TWC!

  5. Max says:

    The first place Dodgers are a huge draw and that is the money on the table. Just guessing.

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