CBS and Time Warner Cable didn’t negotiate Sunday, following TWC’s implementation of a blackout of CBS-owned stations and cable networks in some major cities, and that’s a situation that could take a while to be resolved, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times.
Among the casualties, it’s likely that one of the drama hits of the summer, CBS’s "Under the Dome," will be blocked tonight.
CBS said in a statement that while it is willing to talk, no negotiations are going on. A Time Warner Cable spokeswoman also said the company is willing to talk.
"But several media analysts suggested the standoff might be protracted, with predictions ranging from about 10 days to as long as six weeks," Carter writes. "The later date is associated with the start of the NFL season, a package of programming that everyone involved agrees cannot be denied to subscribers."
The dispute is over retransmission fees, the money paid to broadcasters by cable providers for airing their networks. "In this case CBS, according to several analysts following the situation, has asked for an increase from about $1 per subscriber to about $2," Carter notes.
There’s also disagreement over programming, with Time Warner Cable wanting access to CBS’s older shows.
Carter notes: "Time Warner Cable wants access to those programs on terms it says are fair and reasonable; CBS says that the company is essentially seeking something free, and that these deals have nothing to do with the retransmission negotiation anyway."