Time Warner and CBS were unable to reach a deal. Effective at midnight, the contract officially expired and CBS, Showtime, TMC and Flix went dark in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles. The original deadline was 5 p.m. but TW extended that due to “ongoing negotiations”. Apparently the extra seven hours didn’t help.
Time Warner Cable spokesperson Maureen Huff:
“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. In addition, we have been forced to remove Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian from our lineups across the country. We offered to pay reasonable increases, but CBS’ demands are out of line and unfair — and they want Time Warner Cable to pay more than others pay for the same programming.”
CBS spokesperson Shannon Jacobs:
“They continue to engage in a public campaign of disinformation and voodoo mathematics (featuring wildly inflated percentages) while doggedly restating their positions. Time Warner Cable seems incapable of accepting the concept that the value of a company’s programming should be in line with its popularity. It is no mystery why this company has dropped more than 50 television stations from its service in the last five years alone, some as recently as last week. CBS remains resolute in the pursuit of fair compensation for our programming and will use the full resources available to us to make sure that Time Warner Cable subscribers are aware of its short-sighted, anti-consumer strategy.”
“Programming should be in line with its popularity”? Sounds to me like somebody’s head has gotten a little big now that ‘Under the Dome’ is the most watched show on television. That argument actually hold water if Time Warner weren’t such dicks. I will never again pay for cable after dealing with that total ripoff.
Hope you guys didn’t throw away your antennas.