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Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks Drop CBS & Showtime

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It's summer, so that of course means it's time for another dispute between a cable provider and a popular content provider. As per usual, the people hurt most by this petty bickering between mega corporations are consumers whose only desire is to watch their favorite shows in peace. Sigh.

Today's conflict involves Time Warner Cable (one of the largest TV providers in the USA) and CBS Corporation (who owns the broadcast network of the same name, along with cable channels like Showtime, and The Movie Channel). The story is a familiar one; CBS wants more money from TWC for its programming and TWC has balked because the hit to their bottom line would likely lead to increased monthly rates for subscribers. Yesterday, the cable giant took the drastic step of completely blacking out Showtime, The Movie Channel, etc. from its nearly 12 million customers nationwide. This also effects the subscribers of Bright House Networks, which allows the more influential TWC to negotiate carriage deals on its behalf.

The actual CBS stations on TWC and BHN are a slightly different story, as not all local CBS affiliates are owned by CBS itself. For instance, I myself am a BHN customer, and my CBS station is still active. Still, there are going to be millions of angry 'Under the Dome' fans yelling at TWC and BHN on Monday night if this isn't resolved by then. Fans won't be able to watch the show online either, as CBS is also blocking full episodes on CBS.com from being viewed by anyone affected by the blackout.

For Showtime fans, this is an especially terrible time to lose the network. The much hyped final season of 'Dexter' airs another episode tonight, as does recently debuted hit 'Ray Donovan.' If there's one group of fans corporate suits don't want to annoy, it's probably hardcore 'Dexter' followers.

One factor that has caused TWC to receive much derision online is that CBS told them they could continue to carry the aforementioned channels during the ongoing negotiation process. For whatever reason, TWC said no to that idea.

Who do you think is more to blame for this impasse? Will it be resolved before next Sunday's 'Dexter?

- Dexter

Written by: msd85
Aug 4th, 2013, 4:57 am

Images courtesy of CBS


Message Posted On Aug 20th, 2013, 1:50 pm
Thinking if switching to U-Verse anyone have an opinion how it compares to BHN?

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Message Posted On Aug 10th, 2013, 10:11 am

Regarding the Amazon/CBS relationships, those exclusivity deals are really an insolence. I don't see a bright future for TV streaming services if you end up having to pay 5 subscriptions to watch your 5 favourite shows.


Message Posted On Aug 8th, 2013, 9:42 am
Our local CBS owns 3 broadcast channels in the area. And have been hyping for the last month about how you can't get their shows if TWC dropped them but hey they have to broadcast free all you need is HD capable antenna. So No big loss here. And they Only show on showtime worth watching was Dexter. So CBS better have some rich sponsors if they want to drop what they are currently making off of charging cable for what people can get for free.

Message Posted On Aug 6th, 2013, 9:01 pm
Bye bye Brighthouse, hello dish network.

Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 2:15 am
There will be an increase of torrenting going on.

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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 3:55 pm

Shiver me timbers. ;)

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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 1:58 pm

I pick up my local CBS affiliate using an HD capable antenna, so I shouldn't be affected.


Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 12:33 pm
cough torrents cough
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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 6:50 am

You're right AB, that particular show is only available on Amazon. Good catch.


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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 6:20 am

You can't really watch "Under the Dome" on cbs.com anyway, right?  Thoguht that was only on Amazon as part of the deal between them.

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