It seems after numerous extensions CBS and the Time Warner Company just couldn’t come to an agreement regarding their retransmission dispute; CBS will officially go dark in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
Not only will CBS disappear from the air, Showtime as well as three other CBS cable channels will be removed.
The blackout would reportedly affect close to 3.5 million homes making it roughly 29 percent of Time Warner Cable’s video subscriptions. The battle between the two media powerhouses seemed to be coming to an end as negotiations continued longer than expected.
In a recent interview with The Wrap, CBS said their company, “remains committed to working towards a mutually agreeable contract,” and went on to accuse TWC of being unwilling to negotiate the same type of deals as other transmitters.
Time Warner on the other hand shot back with saying, “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. 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.”
CBS has yet to disclose the rates it is seeking for distribution, but, according toThe Wrap, it is expected that, “the network is seeking about $2 per subscriber, from an estimated 75 cents to $1.”
What are your thoughts on CBS going dark? Is it fair?