After several stops and starts, the CBS/Time Warner Cable dispute has now reached DEFCON 1. At 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Time Warner Cable pulled the signals of CBS-owned stations in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York as well as pulling its cable networks, FLIX, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and The Movie Channel. CBS Sports Network is not affected by the TWC decision.
The issue is about money. CBS wants its per subscriber rate at $2 up from its current 80 cents. Time Warner is balking. And after extending the deadline several times, subscribers are stuck in the middle.
Sports fans already missed this weekend's PGA Tour WGC Bridgestone Invitational. In the coming weeks, sports programming that won't be seen on CBS stations in the aforementioned markets will be the PGA Championship, The Wyndham Championship, the Barclays, two national NFL preseason games and the U.S. Open.
In addition, local NFL preseason games on CBS stations in Boston, Dallas, New York and Pittsburgh could be blacked out for Time Warner subscribers.no comments