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Time Warner Cable Drops CBS In NY, LA, Dallas

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    Time Warner Cable drops CBS in NY, LA, Dallas | HeraldTribune.com (via Mowser) (click for full article)

    by Ryan Nakashima - August 2, 2013

    "LOS ANGELES - Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas lost access to CBS programming in a fee dispute Friday, threatening their ability to watch popular shows like "Under the Dome" or see Tiger Woods pursue his 8th win at the Firestone Country Club.

    The nation's second largest cable operator said that CBS refused to have productive negotiations, which were repeatedly extended after their previous deal expired at the end of June.

    As Friday's blackout stretched past a couple of hours, it appeared consumers would be caught in the crossfire for some time.

    "It's become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they're not willing to come to reasonable terms," Time Warner Cable said.

    Multiple stations that carry CBS programming in New York and Los Angeles were replaced around 2:15 p.m. Pacific time with a message from Time Warner Cable saying that CBS had "demanded an outrageous increase" in the fees it demands to carry its TV stations' signals.

    CBS said it regretted Time Warner Cable's decision, calling it "ill-advised." The broadcaster said it asked for an extension, but that Time Warner Cable didn't agree to it.

    Most of the cable subscribers affected live in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, but customers in other markets also lost signals.

    The CBS stations that went dark are WCBS and WLNY in New York; KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles; KTVT and KTXA in Dallas; WBZ and WSBK in Boston; KDKA, WPCW-CW in Pittsburgh; KCNC in Denver; WKBD-CW in Detroit and WBBM in Chicago.

    About 2.5 million Time Warner Cable customers also lost access to Showtime, the premium channel that carries shows such as "Dexter." TMC, FLIX and Smithsonian channels - all owned by CBS Corp. - also went dark.

    In its message to subscribers, Time Warner Cable said it would replace the lost programming with shows from Starz Kids and Family temporarily.

    The fight centers on the rising fees that TV station owners like CBS charge cable and satellite companies to retransmit their content. Research firm SNL Kagan estimates retransmission fees will reach $3 billion industrywide this year and double to $6 billion by 2018."
     
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    CBS Blocks Time Warner Cable Subscribers From Watching Full Episodes On CBS.com | TechCrunch (via Mowser) (click for full article)

    by Ryan Lawler - August 2, 2013

    "A dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable over retransmission fees for its broadcast content has spilled over onto the web, with a blackout of television programming also being extended to CBS' online properties. In the wake of Time Warner Cable dropping the CBS and Showtime signals in most major markets, the broadcaster has decided to block access to full-episode viewing on CBS.com.


    Earlier today, Time Warner Cable removed CBS and Showtime programming from cable systems in markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Denver, Detroit, and Dallas-Fort Worth. That happened after months of negotiations in which the two parties were unable to reach an agreement over fees paid to transmit networks to cable subscribers.


    Soon after, reports began to surface from viewers in markets like New York and Los Angeles that affected viewers weren't able to stream full episodes on CBS' online property, CBS.com. Instead, the website showed anti-Time Warner Cable ads in the place of full-length programming.


    New wrinkle in @CBS blackout: at home with my @TWC broadband, videos on CBS.com are blocked. In their place: anti-@TWC ads.-
    Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 02, 2013


    A spokesperson from CBS confirmed the reports with the following statement:


    If Time Warner Cable is a customer's internet service provider, then their access to CBS full episode content via online and mobile platforms has been suspended as a result of Time Warner Cable's decision to drop CBS and Showtime from their market. As soon as CBS is restored on Time Warner Cable systems in affected markets, that content will be accessible again."
     
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    Blocking internet content because of a carrier rights dispute is a scummy move.
     
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    DirecTV supports Time Warner Cable, says CBS fees trap customers like a giant, invisible dome | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Adi Robertson - August 4, 2013

    "As Time Warner Cable and CBS remain in a standoff over broadcast fees, DirecTV has entered the ring with some words of support and a fairly specific topical reference. In a statement, the company said it was "appalled" that CBS had begun blocking full online episodes of its TV shows for "DirecTV customers, who may happen to have Time Warner as their internet provider." CBS made the move after Time Warner Cable instituted a blackout on CBS channels last week. Rubbing salt in the wounds of Time Warner Cable subscribers, DirecTV then compared the situation to the premise of a popular CBS series."
     
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    CBS says talks with Time Warner Cable have 'gone badly off course' | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Greg Sandoval - August 8, 2013

    CBS has fired the latest salvo in the public relations war with Time Warner Cable, this time saying that that the cable-TV provider is trying to negotiate terms that would restrict CBS' ability to do business with internet services, such as Netflix and Amazon.

    Reuters reported that a CBS executive said today that the talks between the two companies have "gone badly off course" and accused TWC managers of trying to haggle their way into free content that Netflix and other internet services pay millions to distribute. Who knows how much of this is true. Both sides are flinging so much mud as they try to turn the public against the other.
     
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    Now that this dispute between Time Warner and CBS is over two weeks old - I am going to have to find an alternate way to watch CBS Football via my Logitech Revue.

    Can anyone please provide the best option for watching these games?

    Its only three games that i will need (two on CBS and one on NFL network) - but I figure i better plan ahead.
     
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    Unfortunately, Rabbit ears may be yer only option for CBS. Is NFL Network owned by CBS? If it was available in my area, I'd switch to Direct TV in a heartbeat!
     
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    There are some suggestions in the following thread:

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/google-tv-general-discussion/7366-problem-sports-feeds.html

    Obviously there is no excellent solution. But I'm able to watch NFL games on VIPBox.tv with my Logitech Revue. The only thing is that currently I'm not able to enlarge the games to full screen mode.

    Another alternative would be to subscribe to NFL Game Rewind. I've tried it with my Revue and the video quality was excellent. The games aren't available live in real-time (but rather they are available on-demand after the games are played). They have different subscription plans - the lowest cost plan is for 1 team (for the full regular season) at $29.99.

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...ssion/5785-will-nfl-game-rewind-work-gtv.html

    +The following is from the NFL Game Rewind web site:

    "Live game broadcasts are not included with the NFL Game Rewind service. NFL Game Rewind provides on-demand online video access to NFL games after they have aired on broadcast television. Sunday afternoon (1PM ET & 4pm ET) and Sunday night NFL games are available following the conclusion of the Sunday Night Football game telecast. Monday NFL games are available 24 hours after the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game telecast. Thursday NFL games are available shortly after the conclusion of the Thursday Night Football game telecast. Saturday NFL games are available shortly after the conclusion of the Saturday night football game telecast. Due to NFL broadcast restrictions, NFL Game Rewind service is unavailable during the telecast of Sunday Night and Monday Night Football games, as well as during the Super Bowl. Some 2009 regular season games are not available. NFL Game Rewind access is not available on smart phones. NFL Game Rewind is only available to users within the United States, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and any U.S. territories, possessions and commonwealths (including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands). For a full description of features, requirements, limitations, and other information, visit our FAQ."

    https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages?ttv=1
     
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    Geeze...
     
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    CBS and Time Warner Cable reach deal, will end blackout by 6PM ET | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Sean Hollister - Sept. 2, 2013

    CBS channels have been missing from Time Warner Cable for a full month now, but the companies have finally solidified a deal. In a press release, the companies report that they've reached a retransmission agreement, and CBS programming will return to all affected Time Warner Cable networks by 6PM Eastern. The press release doesn't specify the terms of the deal, so it's not clear which of the two companies ceded to the other's demands (or if both made compromises of some sort), but the deal will also reinstate content from Showtime, The Smithsonian Channel, and CBS Sports Network - just in time for the real NFL football kickoff this weekend.

    For Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, the deal will also include access to Showtime Anytime video-on-demand.

    As far as CBS CEO Les Moonves is concerned, CBS was the unqualified winner here. In a memo to employees, he wrote that "The final agreements with Time Warner Cable deliver to us all the value and terms that we sought in these discussions."
     
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