Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian channels removed from TWC lineups

Cable giant and CBS fail to reach new agreement

CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable negotiated well into the night Monday night, but after extending their deadline several times, ultimately the two sides failed to reach a new agreement for carriage of CBS' owned-and-operated stations in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian on all of TWC's systems across the country.

In our area, the four aforementioned cable networks were slated to be shut off shortly after 11 p.m. CT.

No word yet on if more negotiations are scheduled.


Here's the official word from Time Warner Cable:
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. 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’s demands are out of line and unfair – and they want Time Warner Cable to pay more than others pay for the same programming. 
Fortunately, CBS programming is still available free online at cbs.com and over the air with an antenna. Showtime subscribers can watch some programming at sho.com. For more information on other ways to watch these shows, customers should visit www.twcconversations.com. We regret any inconvenience caused by the CBS/Showtime blackout, and we’re working hard to restore the programming at a reasonable price. Switching is not the answer; sooner or later CBS will threaten others and go dark, just as they have with DISH in the past and with us today. We thank our customers for their patience, and we hope to resolve this situation soon.
CBS has yet to release anything official; I'll bring it to you as soon as I have it.

Comments

Anonymous said…
So what if we pay for showtime?
Anonymous said…
Extension -

http://twcconversations.com/dispute/cbs/

Update on CBS Negotiations
Update July 30, 2013: We have agreed to an extension with CBS until Friday, August 2 at 5pm ET while we continue negotiations.

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