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CBS, Time Warner Cable End TV Blackout

The contract dispute blocked the retransmission of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV to more than one million homes in Southern California that are served by Time Warner Cable.

CBS building in Los Angeles.
CBS building in Los Angeles.

CBS Corporation and Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of CBS-owned stations on Time Warner Cable Systems across the country, representatives of the companies announced Monday.

The contract dispute blocked the retransmission of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV to more than one million homes in Southern California that are served by Time Warner Cable Inc.

Though specific terms are not being disclosed, the agreement includes retransmission consent, as well as Showtime Anytime and VOD, for CBS stations on Time Warner Cable systems in Los Angeles (KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV), New York and Dallas.

-- City News Service

Richard Niederberg September 02, 2013 at 08:44 PM
The picture is of 7800 Beverly Blvd. KCBS-TV is at 4024 Radford.
akishbaugh September 02, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Now, coming out of this debacle, is a good time to contact Congress and other legislators about regulating cable providers as we do public utilities. Television and Internet services are too important to be held hostage in this way.
Jessica September 03, 2013 at 05:51 AM
the government sucks Akishbaugh they need to stay the fuck out of tv and my health care
George September 03, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Time/Warner is a dreadful company! I hope CBS did not cave into the pressure? I was hoping the blackout would last longer so Time/Warner would lose more customers.
jimmy palmieri September 03, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I CANCELED SHOWTIME. TOO BORED TO WAIT.
J Lang September 03, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Called up the other morning and was very polite to the person on the other end but told them this BS with CBS in unacceptable. Supposedly there was already an automatic 6-month credit on my bill to make up for it (didn't show on the bill I received the day before...), for me it came to a little over $8/mo. And I was welcome to pick up a free digital antenna at their office. I said this wasn't nearly enough, she asked what I had in mind, I suggested a one time $30 credit, she said she'd be happy to but it would cancel the 6-month credit out. She asked if there were there any channels I'd like to get free for a while instead? I said I'd kinda like to try Showtime. She said they don't currently have Showtime--to which I replied *exactly*. I said how about the next tier up free on my internet speed? She put me on hold for a couple minutes and came back with a pretty good offer... In all, I'm getting: About $8/mo for 6 months off. 6 months of HBO and Cinemax for $10 (was already paying 15 for HBO alone). 6 months (I guess...) of 20Mbit internet (had "10Mbit"... riiight) for $5 more, so net change of $0 on the base rate... though 6 months from now I'll have to call again or it goes up. So decent upgrade (for 6 months) on what I already had plus a little discount. Worth 20-30 minutes on the phone, if you're on Time Warner give 'em a call and don't hang up 'till they've made you happy. Well, they're not going to agree to sell out to Google... but happier, at least.
George September 04, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Watch out Lang. Time/Warner was good to me to once upon a time but they are tricksters and offer thing but soon take them away and up goes the bill. VERY dishonest company.
Mike Dunn September 04, 2013 at 03:00 AM
I think they gave me a 25 cent credit for this fiasco. The City of West Hollywood should hold this against them when their exclusive contract ends.

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